Friday, October 13, 2006
So Goes New York
So goes the Nation.
I say, bunk and more bunk.
Partisan columnist E. J. Dionne, in his dreams, wants to “blue-wash” the Nation in the upcoming mid-Term elections. The basis for his wistful dreaminess?
What is happening to the Republican Party in
And the way the Republican coalition has broken up should have national Republicans scurrying for a new game plan
Again, I say, dream on.
There is no doubt in my mind that New York’s Republican Party is a shambles, bereft of effective leadership, and devoid of self-less Champions who would carry the banner, rally the troops, and stand firm against the creep of Trojan horse socialism.
“Why?” is surely a useful question, I wish some state Republicans were asking the question.
Here’s my take on an answer, and it says a lot more about leading Republicans in the state, than about the many scavenger Democrats scampering to overwhelm the field the GOP has left them to occupy.
George Pataki, number one.
Our Governor may be many things, and possess many fine qualities, but he’s lifted not even the most minor of digits to do anything to build his party for the past 6 years. Sure, he’s no Conservative, he presides over the most bloated of bureaucracies, and he managed to keep powerful unions moderately under fealty, at least to him and his personal objectives. Mario-right, He’s been more in league with the state’s leading Democrats, however, no friend of Upstate, and the Invisible Man on a range of issues of greatest concern to Republican voters. It’s as if 9/11 was the last thing he needed to do, outside of cultivating friends elsewhere, who can help him achieve his long term career goals.
Build a Party?
Joseph Bruno and whatever remains of Upstate GOP leadership, number two.
Much like George, it sometimes seems as if the Senate Majority leader sits sidesaddle with State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. That’s when he’s not out building monuments to himself.
Why did NY Republicans surrender the Governorship to the preordained Eliot Spitzer? For that matter, why was Hillary Clinton given a completely free pass back in 2000, and for sure, no opposition in 2006? Why such lousy candidates for office at all levels?
Dionne may eulogize the GOP of Al D’Amato, and well he might, for D’Amato gained the throne for George Pataki at the expense of any other accomplishment the GOP made have made in NY. No surprise, Al is my pick for number three.
The National GOP left
To say that current GOP woes are at all reflective of GOP fortunes nationwide might give partisans like Dionne great encouragement, but to anyone else, it’s like Global Warming.
Each season’s weather will surely fluctuate, year to year. When it’s warmer than usual, everybody wants to say it’s Global Warming. When it turns cold again, everybody laughs it off. Just because it’s warm, doesn’t mean we all caused it to be. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean somehow we didn’t.
The Republican meltdown in
Whether or not the Democrats take one or both chamber of Congress in these midterm election, events won’t bear any causal relationship to the long, sad decline of the GOP in
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