The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things â€“ bread and circuses! — Juvenal
In a published 2009 interview titled â€œThe Thin Red Lineâ€ in the GLBT news-paper Bay Windows, MassGOP Chair Jennifer Nassour said: â€œTo me social issues are personal issues. Those are personal views, and we are not legislating here â€“ at least I am not legislating anyoneâ€™s personal views. I have no personal agenda Iâ€™m trying to push through other than electing Republicans.â€ (No, I, Bob Monty, did not make up that quote.)
She went on to say that her top priority was to reinvigorate the GOPâ€™s grass roots activists; that under her stewardship, there would be no statements from GOP headquarters on social conservative causes such as opposition to same-sex marriage or abortion. At the same time, there seemed to be no plans for the MassGOP to take more progressive positions on social issues under her leadership. Like with presents under a â€œHolidayâ€ tree, I guess weâ€™ll just have to wait and see what’s in the pretty, wrapped boxes.
Days before a 2009 think tank meeting I attended, someone had circulated the Bay Windows article to traditional, family-oriented conservative Republicans, Democrats and Unenrolleds; likely to advise them about her views and the direction that the MassGOP would take during her reign.
Evidently, those views didnâ€™t seat too well with some. At the meeting, where Nassour was guest speaker of the day, she said she had received a number of dark emails and other messages advising her where to go and how to get there in a hurry. She quickly found that some folks had no tolerance for her views. After a brief self-introduction, she waded directly into the minefield that she herself had created. She was visibly upset and somewhat shaken that a number of people didnâ€™t share her vision of the MassGOPâ€™s future. In my judgment, she totally lost it â€“ taking the enmity personally â€“ in stark contradiction to her belief that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion; however opposite, distasteful or archaic.
Nassour said that the Party would focus on economic issues â€“ which she said are winning issues for the GOP given the dour economy.
Thatâ€™s an old, tired, continually regurgitated statement from the MassGOP: Give us the reins and weâ€™ll do better. How about something new for a change, instead of the same old, same old? How about, â€œWeâ€™re going to bust some (redacted) heads and make really big changes on Bacon Hill.â€ â€¦ or something to that effect.
While some will argue that it was the federal GOP who dropkicked us into the current financial abyss, the Big Bubble had to burst at some point. We all knew it would but probably hoped that we wouldnâ€™t be personally affected by it â€“ at least in our lifetimes. Well surprise, surprise!
Some would have us blame President George W. Bush; especially the current TelePrompter-aided occupant of the White House and his many untested minions â€“ he being the most untested. Sure, letâ€™s pick a scapegoat â€“ any scapegoat â€“ instead of blaming our own licentiousness, greed and of course, lust for wanton profligacy and, of course, travel to Spain and elsewhere on the future taxpayersâ€™ dime (our grannies in case you didnâ€™t get that)â€¦ but I digress.
A mother of two and a then-youthful 37 years old, Nassour claimed to have been a longtime GOP activist who worked in acting-governor Swiftâ€™s administration as Director of Personnel in the Massachusetts Governorâ€™s Chief Secretaryâ€™s Office (boy, thatâ€™s a mouthful). She also served as finance director for out-gay Republican Dan Grabauskasâ€™s failed 2002 campaign for state treasurer. And she did a short stint as Staff Counsel for then-representative and now-Senator Gail Candaras (D â€“ Wilbraham, New Jersey and Goldman Sachs). So Nassour apparently mentored under a variety of celebrities and maybe perhaps a halfwit or two along the way.
She won the leadership of the MassGOP at the lowest point in its modern history. I guess the RINOs and Trojan Horse Democrats who had infiltrated the Party lo these many years had finally gained complete control; at least in my view. The former woefully inept MassGOP leaders had lost more ground over the last few years than hurricane-ravaged coastal zones; so they elected someone who moved here from New York in 2000 â€“ who worked as an aide for a Democrat or two; and perhaps a couple of RINOs along the way.
Jennifer was once a legislative aide in Albany, NY, so she should be very familiar with ineptitude as well as corruption â€“ possibly even stupidity â€“ as in the case of disgraced governor Eliot Spitzer and his â€œbrilliantâ€ successor David Paterson; Richard Pryorâ€™s look-a-like and SNL parody star.
Nassour said that the GOP had lost its message before her election. Oh, it had a message? She said that HER message has none of the social-conservative rhetoric of the Romney-era MassGOP; that her view of the GOP is one of â€œindividual responsibility, lower taxes, smaller government, entrepreneurship and (of course) giving people the ability to take charge of their lives.â€
Sounds to me like warmed-over hash â€“ or the warm, fuzzy feeling one gets from toking some hash through a hookah.
She went on to say, â€œWe started losing the quality candidates who just werenâ€™t coming out as much.â€ Well I guess that should all change in the near future â€“ if you get her drift. I donâ€™t: Iâ€™m confused about whoâ€™s coming out from where and when and where to. Was she talking about Rich Tisei or JetBlueâ€™s slide-riding Steven Slater perhaps? Iâ€™m not bashing anyone â€“ just asking.
Something else about Nassour could be a little disconcerting to some. On March 26, 2009, she firmly applauded State Treasurer Tim Cahill (D now U, there is no â€œIâ€ yet [but there is a DUI in the case of Matt Amorello] – Quincy). In her words, â€œI congratulate Gubernatorial Front Runner Tim Cahill on his new status â€“ certainly he needed some good news. The people of Massachusetts are tired of the ethical lapses and waste in state government.â€ That was, of course, before the RGA “lapsed” and spent $Millions dragging Cahill through a muddy landfill to near death while chained to the bumper of a garbage truck.
So one must ask if Nassour swings from the Right, Left and Center simultaneously â€“ making her some sort of a tri-partisan cheerleading captain? Could she be looking for a position in a Cahill administration if she fails to resurrect the MassGOP? Is she justÂ power hungry â€“ reaching out for whatever she can get her hands on? One has to remember that she is in the OCPF database as having donated to a Boston Democrat a couple of years ago. Thatâ€™s a no-no for a practicing â€œlongtime activistâ€ Republican. One would think that she would have been smart enough to filter the money through a mule of some sort. That would have made sense to me since she gave campaign money to someone whose Party symbol is a jackass.
The MassGOP should adopt the jackass as its symbol too. Theyâ€™ve certainly let in a wooden horse full of them. How else can one explain that 100 House seats are going unchallenged by the MassGOP this year â€“ in perhaps the greatest year of voter discontent in modern history?
Iâ€™d suggest fitting the entire infiltrator jackass horde with red saddle pads so that they blend in properly; that no one should dare suspect that the late, once-great Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan has been hijacked and subjugated.