“What I Would Do If I Weren’t So Wedded to the Side of All Things Good”

It’s a curious — somewhat humorous — thing to read a well-meaning and fair-minded progressive attempting to work his way around to advising the other side. Here’s Ian Donnis:

One school of thought, popular among at least a few of the posters at Anchor Rising, is that the state’s budget meltdown will cause dramatic and long-lasting consequences, possibly including a major political realignment in the Democrat-dominated General Assembly. Meanwhile, RI GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione embraces the rhetorical battle — as demonstrated by his ProJo op-ed last Saturday — and he talks a good game about plans to challenge legislative Dems in the 2008 election season.
At the same time, Republicans and their local supporters remain quick to blame Democrats, even though the RI GOP has proven utterly incapable of running an effective long-term strategy.

To blame Democrats for what? In a related Phoenix article of his, Donnis elaborates:

While incumbents certainly enjoy advantages, the Rhode Island GOP has played a leading role in its own marginalization. “The party does almost nothing to support its candidates,” West says. “They provide very little in the way of financial support. They’re so disorganized there isn’t even a coherent platform around which they can rally.”
Yet instead of recognizing the failure of Republicans to run a competitive slate of legislative candidates in successive election cycles, many party supporters prefer, essentially, to whine about the ruling Democrats on Smith Hill. …
But whose fault is it that only one party shows basic competence in running and supporting candidates? Since Republicans are seemingly unable to do this, are the Democrats supposed to run up the white flag, like a bunch of good sports?

Maybe he’s right. Maybe we shouldn’t complain about the Democrats. It could, you know, be our fault. We have been awfully short-tempered lately. We’ve even been late with dinner a night or two. We left the label on a can of carrots facing the wrong way, too. Maybe we should become more liberal, like the Chafees. Maybe we should put aside core differences among non-Democrats so that we can combine forces (and, I suppose, become more liberal). The Democrat General Assembly is a good leader, and it loves us very much.
Of course, some of us see a continuity (Donnis’s word, in a different context) in the ideology that spans from same-sex marriage to welfare-statism to union co-option. Some of us think that the only way forward is to present a substantively different option that will likely not be palatable to our beaten local society until the pain of the status quo becomes unbearable.
Anchor Rising has hardly been an uncritical cheerleader of the state GOP, but we’ll certainly not elevate our criticism thereof to a level at which blame for the coming collapse may be deflected from the dominant party to the ineffectual one.

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John
John
13 years ago

I think the GOP can be more effective if we select the best of the DINOs and do a formal endorsement of their candidacy in the next election cycle. It will drive the “Lynch Mob” crazy!
I will research and provide a list, but I’m sure many of the Anchor Rising crowd knows who I mean.

Jake
Jake
13 years ago

Instead of making the Democrats crazy, you might be creating a target list.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

John, the Lynch Mob already strongly backs most of the so-called DINOs, like Sue Menard, Ralph Mollis, Murphy, Montalbano, etc.
If you’re Republican, do you really want to jump in bed with the likes of Menard (and her henchman John Dionne), Mollis, etc.? They’re not just conservative. They’re just the kind of corrupt officials you claim you’re fighting against.

Anthony
Anthony
13 years ago

Donnis is right to an extent. If you put five Rhode Island Republicans in a room, the only thing that is agreed upon is that they don’t like Democrats–oh, and that they like to bash one another more than they like to bash Democrats.
Carcieri is the only Republican holding a major elective office in the state today. And he wasn’t even a Republican before he ran for governor.
The few GOP state legislator who have gotten elected have done so on their own.
So Donnis is right. Then again, no one can claim the RI GOP put RI into it current position.

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

The tiny Rhode Island Republican party has run itself into the ground.
The overpowering Rhode Island Democratic party has run the state into the ground.
Now which will Ian Donnnis choose to write about?
Typical limpwristed liberal! lol
Ian let us know when/if you’re going to write anything of weight and substance r/t this state’s mounting problems.
Tis fluff!

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

Ian is as much a journalist as Paris Hilton is an actor.

Ian Donnis
Ian Donnis
13 years ago

Tim, I wrote a lengthy piece in June about the state’s worsening budget situation with input from an equal number of prominent Dems and Republicans:
http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid42724.aspx
Mike, if you want to continue to make such churlish ad hominem critiques, perhaps you could demonstrate “the maturity” to identify yourself. Anchor folks — Andrew, Justin, Marc, etc. — any thoughts on this?

Justin Katz
13 years ago

Thoughts on what? Mike?
Yes, I think his comment was churlish and useless. I’ve said that you’re fair-minded in your approach, and I find your writing considered.
In general, I find it doesn’t serve anybody’s interest to make much of such silly attacks.

John
John
13 years ago

But Ian, really, don’t you find the almost complete silence of all factions in the RI Democratic Party in the face of a $600 million budget hole just a little bit strange?
Really, doesn’t the near complete silence from Caprio, Roberts, Lynch, Lynch, Cicilline, Murphy, Montalbano, Montanaro, Walsh, Jerzyk, or (with a couple of minor exceptions) the poverty advocates bother you a bit?
On the other hand, I’m looking forward to your next big story on “Cornered by the Feds on One Side, and Economic Reality on the Other: What’s a Good RI Dem to Do?”

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

Here is a clear-cut example of the professionalism of “journalist” Ian Donnis: Yesterday, Ian posted a hit piece on Carcieri stating “Carcieri reverses course on Cianci appearance At 12:40 pm today, Governor Carcieri is slated make his first appearance on WPRO-AM’s Buddy Cianci Show.” This post is on Ian’s blog: http://thephoenix.com/notfornothing/ REALITY: Yesterday’s appearance was NOT Carcieri’s first on Cianci’s show. He had appeared a few days earlier. Podcasts of both appearances of the governor are available free on the WPRO website: http://www.630wpro.com/Sectional.asp?id=18073 CONCLUSION: Ian’s capabilities as a journalist can only be scorned when he posts as “fact” slanderous information on the state’s highest elected official which can readily be seen to be lies by the most casual of internet users who hasn’t spent a day in journalism school. Donnis is a far-left polemicist who, in his unquenched thirst to promote the candidacy of Providence’s corrupt mayor will ignore every bit of scandal and corrupption in his regime, to wit: 1. The doubling of the unfunded pension liability. 2. The crushing property tax increases and proliferation of boarded up houses-unseen for 15 years. 3. The quiet cover-up of the Marcus Huffman case. A child molestor left on the police force to rape another teen. Previously CONVICTED of assault-he was not legally able to possess a firearm. The mayor and his $200,000 police chief (another East Side Jew-how’s that for diversity-LOL) nonetheless left him on the force to continue his sexual predation. 4. The pathetic blaming of the Head Start implosion on a mayor who left office over 5 years earler. 5. The upcoming federal corruption trial of the mayor’s brother on charges of conspiring with yet more of the mayor’s corrupt cops. 6. The “retirement” of the notorious John Simmons. A whole 4 years on the job and he is… Read more »

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

The last sentence above should read “four-times bankrupt Joe Almeida”

rhpdy
rhpdy
13 years ago

Let the Blame The Media game begin!

Tim
Tim
13 years ago

Ian, Very disappointing how you run to all the usual suspects. Kate Brewster? Darrell West? Bob Walsh? Is there a master list of talking head Democrats you media Democrats use Ian? We see the same names also frequently quoted by the media Democrats at the Projo even though Brewster, Walsh and West aren’t elected officials and have little if any little impact on anything. Ian there are so many ground breaking/news making things for you to write about in Rhode Island. Why aren’t you? John, Couldn’t have said it better myself. Rhode Island is such a target rich environment for the media yet vast tracks of this state’s political and governmental turf is left unscathed by our ‘journalism’ community. Only one conclusion to draw, they’re very protective of their own. lol Mike, Ian’s whinefest about the governor talking by phone with Cianci is nothing new. (Personally find the Attorney General sitting in studio with the convicted felon much more offensive but hey that’s me) There is wild jealousy among many in the media towards talk radio. Same in the union community. Read Charlie Bakst column this morning. Can’t you picture George Nee and Charlie running around with cartoon in hand? A hilarious visual! Their jealousy has them acting out as 3 year olds. The talk radio medium goes up the union arse sideways because they don’t and can’t control it in any way shape or form. The union dog is so threatened by talk they’ve attempted (and failed miserably) to get some of Dan Yorke’s commercial sponsors to pull out. Always remember that Democrats love freedom of speech much the same way they love people of color and quality education. The term ‘lip service’ comes to mind immediately doesn’t it? lol Talk radio goes up the arse of other media… Read more »

Monique
13 years ago

“Really, doesn’t the near complete silence from Caprio, Roberts, Lynch,”
Small correction, John. Far from being silent, the Attorney General’s response to the news of our dire fiscal problems has been to chuck us the bird by hiring two experienced campaign consultants at taxpayer expense, thereby also expanding the meaning of the term, “incumbent advantage”.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

If Carcieri hadn’t said earlier that he wouldn’t be talking to Buddy, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Ian would not be able to call shenanigans on The Don if he hadn’t made such a big deal of donning the white hat and pronouncing himself above talking to a convicted felon on-air. The Don done painted himself into a corner here.

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

He never said he “wouldn’t” go on the show. He said “probably not” which is another way of saying “maybe”.
With such a weak grasp of Logic 101 you should be teaching in our failed Soviet schools.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Parse if you’d like, Mike. Governor Whitehorse gave every indication he was above talking to Buddy, but then again, he is the ultimate arbiter of morals in Rhode Island, and you, I and Bishop Tobin are not.

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