GOP snatches defeat from jaws of victory, joins 12 Step program

Poor Mass GOP - it was born with a silver foot in it's mouth
North Shore Mafia rules party with snobbish indifference

By Walter Brooks

Hello, my name is Walter, and I'm a recovering Republican. So said my evil alter-ego at his first "Republicans Anonymous" 12 step meeting held in the vast wine cellars of the Myopia Hunt Club on the well-heeled North Shore.

  These are Republicans.

  These are Myopic Misfits.

Although the setting is imaginary, the point is well taken because the once "Grand Old Party" of Massachusetts, the home of Elliott Richardson, Frank Sargent, Ed Brooke and most independent voters, has gone the way of the buggy whip and the polo mallet.

Today's Massachusetts GOP is ruled with an iron fist by the same snobs and political parvenus who brought you Gail Lese and Kerry Healey's late, unlamented running mate State Police Captain Reed Hillman.

I too once voted for Republican .

Not just the three giants in the top photo, but for dozens more like John Volpe, Bill Weld, and Shirley Gomes every time they ran.

The party in its recent past was an open tent which welcomed members from a broad spectrum of political beliefs, but it was basicly conservative on financial issues and liberal on social ones.

They actually thought that who a person slept with or was not a "political" matter. They also thought women were able to control their own bodies with no help from politicians of any stripe.

12 Steps of Republicans Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over the voters - that any victory had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that the party's grassroots could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our party over to the GOP grassroots, even if we never understood them.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to the party members, to ourselves, and the voters of Massachusetts the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have the party's grassroots remove all these defects of character or remove us from office.

7. Humbly asked them to remove our shortcomings, or remove us from office.

8. Made a list of all voters we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all, even Christy Mihos.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or elect Democrats.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it to the Globe & Herald.

11. Sought though prayer and mediation to improve our conscious contact with the common folk, as we misunderstood them, asking only for knowledge of their will for us and the power to stay in office.

12. Having had a political awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to Massachusetts voters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

So what about U.S. Senator Scott Brown?

Today's Massachusetts Republican Party is different.

It is the private enclave of mostly North Shore (read wealthy) Brahmins who look down their noses as the proles in the hinterlands like Cape Cod and anywhere outside of Route 128.

Few recall how these plutocrats underrated then State Senator Scott Brown when he toiled long and hard to earn and deserve to be Kerry Kerry's running mate in the 2008 election for Governor.

Brown walked the walk and talked the talk, visiting practically every GOP town meeting from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, but Kerry's Mafia, mostly like her from Beverly or nearby, never gave Brown a good look.

They didn't back his run for the Senate either, but his hard work and brains did what no GOP State Committee has done in forty-three years - win an election for U.S. Senator

In the last Governor's race, myopic to the end, they thought a State Police Captain Reed Hillman a likelier candidate to please the proles.

In the election two years prior Gail Lese was foisted on the Cape Cod voters by former these same cloistered savants. That election cost the Republican Party dearly when its legislature numbers fell to a new low and Republicans can no longer force a voice vote Beacon Hill unless they trade away whatever tiny clout they have left.

For all intents and purposes, there is no opposition party in state government. We are a one-party state like Soviet-era Russia and Nazi-era Germany, and it's not the voters fault. It's not the Democratic Party's fault either.

It's the fault of snobs sitting on the moneyed North Shore thinking they know what's good for us all. They've done such a staggeringly bad job before, it fairly boggles the mind to imagine what inappropriate and unwelcome candidates they will offer us this fall.

Christy Mihos, the next election and the Tea Party

Don't imagine for one minute they might consider Christy Mihos a winning choice. Instead they daily force feed the Globe and Herald half-truths and untruths to block his path instead of allowing the party grassroots members make a choice which might win something.

The Myopic Mob's hand-picked candidate for your next Governor is a guy every common man and women will love - a wealthy Heath Insurance C.E.O.  Charlie Baker even had the temerity to complain to the Boston press that Mihos was waging a "negative campaign" by accusing Charlie "Harvard Health Insurance" Baker an "insider", as if anyone was ever a more obvious insider than that GOP Brahmin who also mismanaged the scrutiny of the infamous "Big Dig" while a heavy member of Bill Weld's administration

But Charlie has a gay running mate, right?

Right - Richard Tisei is his token gay and from the North Shore. Might look good on paper, but I imagine the party rank and file is a tad confused. Tisei as Baker's campaign chair was asked to vet gay and lesbian candidates, but when he presented Baker with a list, Baker said, I don't like any of them and said "you be my gay instead." Reminds one of how Dick Cheney was the person put in charge of looking for a VP for Dubya and chose himself.

Baker's choice made SoCons who were already toeing the Party Line really unhappy, as they had already signed on with the Captain before he chose the Cabin Boy.

Breakfast epiphany

The Myopia Mob looks down their thin noses at the Tea Party members who seem as angry at them as at the Democrats.

One can only imagine what they think about Mihios having been invited to have breakfast this Friday with these voters who pushed Scott Brown over  the top a few weeks ago.

Myopia Hunt Club is a drag hunt, meaning that the hounds follow a laid scent rather than live fox, as today the North Shore Mafia offers voters a bad scent rather than electable candidates. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on