Two Notes on the Ultrapartisan Non-Partisan
On the reflective claim that I’m as partisan as Bill Lynch: First, I’m not a partisan; I’m an ideologue. I call the Democrat Party the Party of Death because it is gladly the political home of advocates for the abortion industry and related causes (e.g., embryonic stem-cell research and right to die). Certain current candidates might be willing to testify that pro-abortion Republicans don’t get a pass. Second, were I to run for Congress, my first declaration would definitely not be a call for an end to bipartisan rancor.
On the question of whether Lynch was kidding when he told school children that Democrats are the good guys and Republicans are the bad guys: The anecdote isn’t relevant because Lynch was corrupting the minds of young Rhode Islanders; the anecdote is relevant because it so directly conforms with his comportment as Democrat Party chairman. The air has hardly settled around the lips of a local Republican who has chosen a word poorly when my emailbox has a statement from Lynch exaggerating that word to vicious degree.
To dismiss Lynch’s quip on the grounds that it was a joke applies in only one of two ways: Either his parallel behavior as chairman has been wickedly cynical and evident of a deep contempt of the people whom his party claims to represent, or the joke was, as Don Roach suggests in the comments, “sarcasm laced with truth – or rather his belief that Republicans are the bad guys,” in which case it wasn’t the sort of joke that absolves the speaker of blame.