Rising in the Phoenix
The Phoenix’s David Scharfenberg took the recent Tea Parties as indicative of something and looked into how the right side of Rhode Island–both overtly partisan like the RI GOP and RIRA and non-partisan, grassroots organizations like OSPRI & RISC–are working toward changing the political landscape in the Ocean State. Oh, and some blogger gets a mention, too.
“The important thing right now,” said Justin Katz, Anchor’s blogger-in-chief, “is to build that structure so when people say, ‘I’ve had enough,’ there’s somewhere to go.”
If we build it, they will come. We HOPE. But maybe there is just a little more waiting to be done. One more chip to fall before those on the outside can rise like the, ah, phoenix.
GOP leaders say one of their chief frustrations is that the public pins the state’s fiscal woes on the Republican governor when authority is actually centered in the Democratic-dominated legislature.
But if the blame game is paramount in tough times, suggests Jennifer Lawless, associate professor of political science and public policy at Brown University, the Republican Party’s weakness could actually turn into a strength.
“Ironically, the best bet for the Repub-lican Party might be a complete Democratic sweep of statewide office,” she said, “because then there’s no one else to blame.”