, Newburyport, MA


November 14, 2012

From anger to a plan for the Republican Party


I did have to laugh, though, when Keith Lucy sent me a paraphrase of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that foolish men do something stupid.”

So I was moving into the final-phase choice, “drop out” (another Jerry Williams mantra: “I’m getting out of the business”) when I remembered a poster sent to me after a tough, losing ballot campaign in 1990. It showed a stork trying to swallow a frog, which had its little hands tightly around the stork’s throat. The caption read, “Don’t EVER give up.” My partner, Chip, just ordered us bumper stickers.

So now it was Veterans Day, and I set aside Jerry’s mantras for a quote from our nation’s No. 1 veteran:

“We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth New Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.”

— Gen. George Washington,

letter to Maj. Gen. Philip

Schuyler, July 15, 1777

Thank you, Gen. Washington. You moved me into the final-phase choice of “Resolve.” I actually have a proposed plan for election 2014 in Massachusetts, will get to the national problem later.

Bill Weld is moving back, some say to run for U.S. Senate again. This works for me, if that’s what he wants, but Barbara’s Plan reflects the year he became governor, when Ray Shamie was a strong chairman of the state Republican Party and presided over substantial victories. I would ask Bill Weld to become chairman, giving the GOP the face of a fiscal conservative/social liberal like Scott Brown and Richard Tisei, both of whom would run again. Since we know Bill likes to delegate details, he sets the campaign themes and works with the media, while Peter Torkildsen moves into the job of political director.

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