Playing the “Shove It” Card
Reporting on Democrat gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio’s multiple statements that President Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it,” WPRI blogger Ted Nesi has broken new RI blogger ground by receiving a Drudge link. Personally, I find the whole thing predictable and too well staged.
Anybody who’s been reading Anchor Rising — and who understands that Caprio isn’t one for intemperate spontaneity — should see this as a calculated move to shore up the right-of-center voters whom Caprio courted thoroughly and effectively right up to the Democrat primary. If he can “shove” Obama into the Linc Chafee camp, moderates and Republicans who like the Chafee name but don’t realize what his positions entail will reconsider. That could break the odd coalition of far-left progressives and old-guard Republicans, with Caprio positioned to reap the rewards, rather than Republican John Robitaille.
He just has to hope that he can persuade his moderate and establishment Democrat voters that he’s not signaling a rejection of partisan ideals, and the recent Bill Clinton visit surely provided plenty of cover in that regard.
That’s why the politics of this election are dull even where they attract national attention: The candidates are playing checkers, not chess.