Congratulations to the victors, Sutton, Brodkorb, and Sturrock. They won, I don’t think it was the right way for things to go but it is what it is.
I think Sutton will be much better the Ron Carey in how the mechanics of the party operate. I do, keep in mind the bar has been set very VERY low. So ee will do a better job at the organizing. What I think is a bad thing is that Sutton is someone who plays the internal politics and I don’t think we’re going to see much change in how endorsements happen for State wide offices and the internal wrangling. I was talking with a Gubernatorial candidate after things and I told them to watch their back with the new leadership, that they would use anything against them if they wanted another candidate to win.
I think Brodkorb is the pill that is just impossible for me to swallow. I’m sorry, I just think he is not going to be the candidate we saw, but rather the one many of us have had to deal with in the grassroots. He is a top down guy and, well, I have said it all here on this blog before, so what’s the point now. He got elected.
In the Treasurer position, well, it might as well have been the establishment’s pick after the Chair and Deputy Chair races and Sturrock won.
So again congrats to the new leadership. They ran as a shadow ticket and they all won.
Now, it is up to them to heal the party and get it back on track. And that is going to be a big task as another rift has formed. The Ron Paul supporters who supported Sutton & Brodkorb basically slit their own wrists yesterday. Those 2 people were their enemies over the past year and worked against them. It was just about the dumbest thing in the world and why some of them have been tricked into believing that a little taste of power was worth it is beyond me. Or rather, I was there when I was young and naive too and realized some people will say anything they need to to get elected. Keyword: SAY. Unless Brodkorb and Sutton have changed or the Ron Paulers have dropped their standardds, this new love affair won’t last.
And that is really one of the disturbing things about this. There was a movement building in the party to do real reforms and repairs to our party. Some of us who had been barking up that tree the last few years thought we’d found some people we could build a majority with and actually get things changed. Well, the Ron Paul delegation fractured when some of them decided to get in bed with the enemy to get a seat at the table of power. Again, it is just stupid in my eyes. The hard work some of us had to done to opening up the minds for real change was thrown out the window today when we elected the hand picked successors of Ron Carey. I hope that people realize that is what they did yesterday. They rubberstamped Carey’s demands to elect his friends.
Again, I think some of the things Ron Carey screwed up will be fixed by Sutton, but the big problem, the attitude that ‘leadership always knows best and is right’ – remains. That is the problem with what happened yesterday. Ron Carey, well his attitude anyways, is going to get a 3rd term with Sutton, Brodkorb, and Sturrock. Think I am wrong? Why did Carey have that big beeming smile when he just had to be the one who announced Brodkorb won? I’m sorry, but that was about the most low rent thing I have seen that SOB do, and that is saying a lot.
He didn’t handle that one like he did the Chair’s. In the Chair’s race, he gave Thompson & Rudd the chance to speak, and I also believe the teller announced the winner. But in the Deputy race, Carey just had to be the one to introduce his little buddy Michael Brodkorb as the winner and with out any chance for Dorothy and Swinehard to concede in unity. Absolutely no class whatsoever. But then again, that is Ron Carey. Good riddance.
I feel terrible for Dave Thompson and Dorothy Fleming. The better man and woman did not win yesterday. I thank them both for running. I thank them for offering us the chance to change the party. We were too stupid today to take their offer, but again, it is what it is.
I pray that I am wrong, and that Sutton and Brodkorb have changed. But I am going to have to have proof of that. I need to see them actually BE different people then who I know. I don’t fall for cutesy speeches and lit pieces like some do. No, for them to win my trust, I’m going to need to see different people that reach out to critics instead of pull the rug out from underneath them, or worse.
I’m disappointed in a lot of people today. I think some people really made fools of themselves. One of them was Paulsen. I know he’s an up and coming ’rockstar’ according to some people, but he just had to nominate Sutton, and I think less of him now. He couldn’t let the base pick the leader, nope, we had to listen to him. I certainly hope this is not the beginning of another Ramstad there in the 3rd. But it is what it is. He better be careful though, he has some critics with in the party who are worried about the 3rd. Maybe we are ‘no ones’ and irrelevant now, but we are still needed.
And that’s the big key here, can Sutton and Brodkorb bridge the gap to their critics?
Because as leaders they can no longer sabotage and undermine them, well, they could, but as leaders now, they have to rise above it all and do what Carey never did. That is to figure out how to work with people. bridge divides, and truly unify. Can they turn over a new leaf and realize that isolating people who may have a different opinion is what has caused the party to crumble and lose elections? Again, it is a trust thing for me and I have been burned before. This time I need results.
Am I being so bold as to say they need to call me? Absolutely not. I think I am pretty damn irrelevant now and unworthy of a phone call from anyone anymore. I know a lot of people don’t agree, but I hold no official position in the party now. Do I wish I did? You bet your ass. But since I don’t, I am not responsible to do all that I have the last few years anymore, and the leaders no longer have to even waste their time on me. Well, not that that happened much, but now it is unnecessary.
But I get my life back now.I get to let my own preferences decide my actions now. The party no longer owns me. I feel bizarrely liberated despite feeling about how big of a mistake I think it made yesterday.
I’m not taking my ball and going home, but some would say someone packed my bags for me and have the bus waiting…..
For the near future I am going to do what – I, me, and myself wants to do.
My day job is the #1 priority for me now. It has to be in this economy. The love of my life and family are #2. Dogs and the boat are #3. As well as my health and personal finances which took such a dive the last 4 years when I burned the candle at both ends to help the party (or didn’t in ‘some’ peoples’ minds). And I can’t tell you how excited I am about how I can go to the cabin now for a long weekend or week’s vacation and not feel guilty about what I should be doing. I have a lot of work and relaxing to do up there and I am thrilled.
As I have said, I got my life back now. The party rejected me in my local Districts and then the party picked people who are hostile to activists like me for its leadership. What am I going to do in the future in the party? Well, time will tell. I have no intention not to help good candidates. Bachmann and Tim Sanders will get what help I can muster for sure as well any good candidate I agree with.
But as for the rest of the party BS, well right now, I am looking forward to more great days like today then I am the thankless ones spent trying to make a difference.
I spent last night with my lovely girlfriend. Took a nap. Had a great home cooked dinner. Watched Gran Torino. (great movie which made me a little worried I was just like Mr. Kowalski – minus the racial slurs- GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!) Stayed up late watching TV. Slept in. Had a great breakfast. Then went to the gun range and was knocking out bullseyes with my XD45. (best shooting yet) And then I spent the afternoon with my grandmother and a bunch of family for her birthday.
I hold no official position in the party and I am an seen as an enemy to the new leadership. Seems to me the writing is on the wall.
I’ll keep blogging for sure, and maybe even try to wedge myself into some radio from time to time. I’ll help how I can – locally. But I am not really feeling like I should devote my life to the party like I have in the past. I am sorry, I just feel like I really haven’t mattered. And from the critics (read: supporters of Sutton/Brodkorb/Carey) I didn’t do squat to really help the cause.
Yeah I am venting. Maybe it is just emotion, but I feel I have to get this out of my head.
Thanks to those of you who have sent nice messages. But mostly thanks to Thompson, Fleming, and the others who I have been fighting alongside of in trying to reform this party. If it wasn’t for you, I’d have been all alone. We may have lost the battle yesterday, but we get our lives back.