2, 2006 Watertown Democrats converged at Town Hall for their election
year caucus. The throng of people awaiting admittance evoked memories
of a night the now defunct "Rathskeller” advertised
a band called "Free Beer".
Ah, but this was no Octoberfest for Tom Reilly. Poor Tom couldn't have
bought a beer to cry over at this political conclave. Sorry Tommy, but
you can't expect good will from townies if you never own up to being
Now, some of Watertown's old-school Democrats are spinning their wheels trying
to explain the results.
"Reilly did himself in"; one fellow told me. Another remarked, "There
was a vacuum created by Reilly's incompetence". Still others were
shocked and chagrined that "radical elements of their party orchestrated
a coup d'etat".
I for one
was impressed with and applaud the turnout. Self-government only works
when people get involved. If my old-school Democrat friends are upset
with the results, they should look in the mirror. If you won't muster
the cavalry, please spare us the indignation. There was an uprising
and you got scalped. Deal with it! While you are at it, next time try
to find someone who can spell and define "vetting a candidate for
For the record, I don't have a horse in this race. But I gotta admit,
it makes quite the spectator sport for this political junkie. The players
change-the game remains the same. Massachusetts Democrats engage in
their quadrennial tradition of fratricide. At the end of the tournament
they pick a sacrificial lamb for November's altar.
One of Watertown's most popular blogs, H20Town, posted the following
headline. “Police, fire monitor crowded Democratic Caucus”.
Blog-hostess extraordinaire, Lisa Williams, follows up that headline
with the following exquisitely entertaining remark.
"Note to Democrats: If your caucus is so popular it packs the room,
don't call the cops on yourself -- let the other party do that, it's their
I wonder if Ms. H20Town realizes how prophetic her prankish quip may
turn out to be.
The Democrats have a veto-proof majority in both houses of the legislature.
Hence, the House Speaker and Senate President are the most powerful men
in the Commonwealth. They can pass any legislation that suits them. With
a little party discipline, they can override any Republican Governor's
veto. These two party hacks have no desire or intention of sharing power
with a Democrat Governor. To the contrary, their political
interests are best served with a neutered Republican Chief Executive
in the corner office. They can do as they please. When things don't work
out, they can always blame the Gahvnah!
Attention Democrat nominee for Governor! That sharp pain you'll be feeling
on November 7th is called a knife in the back. Just ask Shannon O'Brien,
Scott Harshbarger, and John Silber.
Of course the Grand Ole Party is not free from sin either. This is a
one party state and Republicans need to take a good look in the mirror
Republicans in this state aren't willing to run for dogcatcher. They
only want the glamour gigs. It's not that the state GOP lacks intelligent
and articulate prospects with good ideas. The problem is they all want
to challenge Ted Kennedy. Indubitably their race for the Senate ends
up being a short drive off a narrow bridge.
What ever happened to taking an entry-level position and working your
way up? Isn't this a fundamental Republican doctrine? If we expect people
to take this approach in life, shouldn't we do the same when it comes
to politics? Ever hear of leading by example? Hello!
No, Massachusetts Republicans are all too happy settling for a quasi-feckless
Governorship. The corner office on Beacon Hill remains a wellspring
of GOP pride. Imagine a Republican Governor in the bluest of blue states.
Well whoopee ding-dong! A lot of good that's done. If a "government
of the people, by the people, and for the people" is to thrive
in the Commonwealth, we need a viable two-party system. In order for
that to happen Republicans need to first set their sights on municipal
elections. The GOP needs a lot more people willing to be "Councilor
Potholes". People ain't gonna send Republicans to the state legislature
unless they are voting for a person they've grown to know and respect
on a local level. Short of that, when election day comes around, Massachusetts
voters will look at the R next to the name and vote for the guy or
gal with the D next to theirs.
So to our Watertown Democrats, I congratulate you for turning out for
your caucus. It should be a fun campaign. But let's not kid ourselves.
DiMasi and Travaglini will continue to be the defacto Governors and
the GOP will still have the corner office. Alas, Massachusetts Republicans
will still be in charge of perfunctory ribbon cuttings.
Watertown Citizens for Common Sense Government