Last Word on Smith… From Me… For Today
Here’s my bottom line: Under no circumstances will I support or vote for any Republican candidate who would enter the State House in any more mild a manner than with figurative guns blazing. It isn’t sufficient to correctly identify the state’s problems and offer a plan that would probably fix them. A candidate for governor must declare whose heads he or she will knock and whom he or she will chain to the ship so that they’ll be sure to go down with it.
A style of Republican such as Smith threatens to be will fail to enact his plan (with failure inversely proportional to the degree that it would actually work), spread the blame for that failure to the powerless party, and let all of those “less important” issues about which conservatives care tilt to the progressive winds. I also question the wisdom, as a political matter; commenter Rhody offered the following earlier today:
I’m torn. On one hand, Rory’s got a raging sense of entitlement, but on the other, he’s not Phil Leotardo like the currently presiding CEO from EG.
And if it lessens the chance we’ll ever have to utter the words “Governor Laffey,” it’s all good.
Not so fast. It’s conceivable that, if both Chafee and Laffey were to run as independents of some kind, the latter would be the only conservative in a field with four shades of liberal (Democrat, Moderate, Chafee, Smith). The tea party wing of the Rhode Island right may not be that big, but it could be decisive in such a race, especially if suffering Rhode Islanders of all political stripes are in the mood to make a protest vote.