Thursday, December 9, 2010

Advice Worth Ignoring

My latest Washington Examiner Local Opinion Zone blog post:

Maryland Democratic Party drone and chief Astroturf farmer Matt Verghese’s diagnosis (Left behind: The Maryland Republican Party) of MDGOP’s travails is an incoherent mess resulting from vigorous intellectual masturbation. Feigning as some sort of objective analyst Verghese’s diagnosis is nothing more than a hackneyed cliché-filled taunt.

Silly me but shouldn’t Maryland Democrats first actually acknowledge rot and corruption in their own party before lecturing Republicans?

Verghese is right when he talks about the state’s electoral math. However, he’s wrong when he says MDGOP’s “support and values are out of line” with Maryland’s demographically diverse voters. While this may be true on the surface, the only reason these voters align with Democrats is because they pander to those voters. What Maryland Republicans have failed to do is educate those voters that Democratic pandering is really code for taking their money and redistributing it to their special interest masters, be it public sector unions or corporate benefactors.

Verghese pooh poohs the notion that MDGOP needs to “embrace new ideas, energy and personalities” when that is exactly what it needs to do—among other things—as I laid out in the Chambers Compact.

Verghese scoffs at Republican gains in the county and local races pointing to them as proof of a Republican flat line. In fact, they are a source of strength to develop a bench and hone our arguments. While some in our party think we should concentrate solely in those regional strongholds—I’ll concede they make a fair point—but abandoning the urban regions would be a mistake.

Verghese writes this puzzling statement: “a schism has developed as the conservative-tea party wing want to abandon the self-imposed ‘moderation’ imposed by the Bob Ehrlich establishment over the last decade.”

Well which one is it? Was it self-imposed or was Ehrlich the imposer? Someone inform young master Verghese one cannot self-impose moderation while simultaneously having it imposed by an external actor.

Then there is Verghese’s use of the abracadabra phrase “pro-corporation orthodoxy.” What pray tell does he mean by this? Most Republicans I know (though not all) preach free market ideas, and if you know anything about free markets principles they are anti-corporation. In fact, it is the Democrats—to who hue—to use Verghese’s term to—“pro corporation orthodoxy.” Can you say corporatism?

Furthermore, when you take a look at the vast chasm between campaign contributions between the Maryland Democratic Party and MDGOP and Verghese’s statement looks even more absurd. According to the Maryland campaign finance data base in the 2010 election cycle, Maryland Democrats raised over $2.7 million from business entities (including unions) while MDGOP raised only $141,000. So which party really is the “pro corporation” party? Only the Maryland Democratic Party could wag a school marmish finger at “corporations and special interests” with one hand, then rake in millions of dollars from those same corporate special interests with the other hand.

It appears the only thing “left behind” was any sort of cogent argument by Verghese.

Yes, MDGOP has it’s problems to be sure. However, there is a groundswell of energy and enthusiasm growing among the party’s grass roots and newer activists to build a party, which can effectively educate voters not predisposed to vote Republican why free markets and limited government are preferable to the snake oil the Democrats are peddling. Yes there will be disagreements, as there are in any political party, but in the end MDGOP will be united and ready to fight and win.

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John J. Walters said...

Great post.

I love the bit about "Democratic pandering is really code for taking their money a redistributing it to their special interest masters, be it public sector unions or corporate benefactors." So true.

I don't get how people can ignore the cronyism and corruption that is encouraged by a big government...

It is often this exact thing that leads to the downfall of big businesses, and people have no problem recognizing and criticizing it then. Government is just like a big business, only bigger, with no competitors, and no end in sight. Why do we still think that bigger is better?

ESDudley said...

Thank you for proving your infantilism to me via Twitter, if you had not treated me the way that you did I would not have the motivation to tear your argument apart.

First, I wonder how the MDGOP can educate voters in a way that they have not done before. Obviously whatever the MDGOP has done has not resonated with voters. Which either is a failure is messaging or means that the voters do not agree with the MDGOP core message. I do not believe a 14.4% victory means that Democrats are “pandering” I believe that in Maryland people do not believe in what the GOP believes in. The reality is MDGOP is out of touch with the majority of people in Maryland. Dreams of a Republican resurgence are fantastical at best.

I do not see how Republican gains in rural areas are a “source of strength to develop our bench.” Rural Republican candidates will not have statewide appeal no matter how much you might wish. It appears to me that MDGOP has been pushed to the ropes and is now hiding in the outskirts of Maryland and it is very doubtful that MDGOP will return to where the vast majority of the population is.

What do you mean by abracadabra phrases? Do you mean nonsense words and phrases like the ones that you use until one becomes numb to them?

Your belief in the future of the MDGOP is cute but how you illustrate that belief is trying.

Mark Newgent said...


In the words of William F.Buckley I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting you actually believe what you wrote.

Mark Newgent said...


You haven't made an argument rather so much as regurgitate Matt's fallacies. As GK Chesterton said "fallacies do not cease to become fallacies simply because they are fashionable."

MDGOP's problem has been stating principles rather than making arguments as to why those principles are better than the pandering tripe and redistributive handouts Democrats sell.
If MDGOP makes those arguments they can be successful.

Geography isn't as relevant to developing a bench as you think.

As far as abracadabra words it was meant to reveal the nonsense of Matt's "pro corporation orthodoxy." Dig into the facts and you'll see it is Maryland Democrats who are the "pro corporation" party. But I wouldn't expect you to understand corporatism.

If you want to argue with a conservative you need to umm actually know something about conservatism beyond the cliches and straw men you've been brainwashed to belive.