Saturday Morning with Republicans
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Two picnics, two to town halls, and now a breakfast fundraiser for the RIGOP. So far, this location has been the most difficult to find, a consideration that the party should perhaps take into account in the future; I imagine a significant proportion of its potential base consists of transplants, like me, who might be dissuaded by a local’s instructions to “pass where you used to go over the railroad tracks.” And it doesn’t take many frustrating experiences for people to decide against subsequent participation.
It’s a beautiful spot, though, Water St. in East Greenwich. Of course, Rhode Island has many more than its share of those.
My first thought, as this thing wraps up, is that I really wish there were more time in a day. Ken McKay made some interesting and compelling points that would be great to isolate for y’all to absorb discretely, but I simply don’t have the time to filter through the hour-plus of video with that sort of specificity.
My second thought is that you really don’t realize how much a table and even a whole room shakes until you’re trying to hold a camera steady with your elbows on the table. I’ll be stopping on the way home to pick up a tripod or some such.
One thing that I just can’t leave the room without saying: Much of McKay’s talk was encouraging, but he did make a statement along a thread that one picks up from time to time among Republicans: He spoke of his discovery of Saul Alinsky’s rulebook and his astonishment at how closely Democrats follow it. That sort of insight is obviously very important to have, but then he suggested an intention to replicate the strategy.
Strenuous moralist that I am, I think that impulse ought to be resisted for ideological and spiritual reasons. It mightn’t be a stretch, though, to think that it’s best avoided for strategic reasons, in this environment. One lesson of Obama’s candidacy was that people want an end to the meet-the-new-boss-just-like-the-old-boss cycle. In his case, that positioning was deceptive in the extreme. Mightn’t it form a stronger and more lasting Republican resurgence to effect that change genuinely?