Well, it’s another Tawes Clam Bake or Crab Feast, whatever, that I’m blowing off today. Rather, instead, I’m sitting here writing THIS piece. Besides, if you’ve been to Tawes once (which is exactly the number of times I’ve been there), you’ve been there for eternity. Or, maybe, it just feels that way.
And, I’m writing this piece, despite the fact that I received a laughable threat as a result of having written my last piece (one of the threats can be found in the comments section of my previous piece, “Not Your Dad’s Chevy,” which can be found here….
It seems that some A-hole lacks reading comprehension skills AND has a quick temper – never a good combination when it comes to ensuring continued peace and tranquility amongst the masses. This idiot offered to meet me in the back alley if I thought the subject of my last piece (Chevy Weiss) was a “bitch,” shortly after I explained that I don’t like using that term to describe women – but that I’d heard from others that she was one…
This particular piece, however, contains no other references to Chevy Weiss and, therefore – and hopefully – shall result in it being “threat-free.”
Last night, I attended the Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) multi-meanings visit to Silver Spring, MD. I say his visit was “multi-meanings” because, well, that’s precisely what it was. Part one was a fundraiser for 6th District GOP Congressional Hopeful, Dan Bongino and, being priced way the Hell out of that one, Part Two was a General MDGOP Unity Rally at which Senator Paul was the featured Speaker.
Interestingly enough, although the attendance was good (especially considering the horrific weather that had hit Montgomery County shortly before the start time for the event), it wasn’t great. In fact, I was taken by who wasn’t in attendance. For instance, there was no sign of MDGOP Gubernatorial hopeful, Larry Hogan – not so much as even a yard sign or placard of his anywhere to be seen.
Nor was there any sign of Maryland’s only living and breathing Republican elected to the federal level, 1st District Congressman Andy Harris. No Andy, no signs of Andy’s. No nothing of Andy’s. It made me wonder what the Hell was up with Andy Harris – as in, doesn’t he support Maryland GOP Unity as a gateway to MD GOP victories this November? THAT was a question I posed to MDGOP Executive Director, and friend of mine, Joe Cluster.
After telling me that he’d “asked him (Andy Harris) to come last night,” Cluster explained to me that Harris “had something else he had to do.” But, he added, that Harris was paying for “his victory centers” to the tune of $100,000.00, and, I guess, that made criticizing him for blowing off Senator Rand Paul something he couldn’t do – although Joe Cluster did not tell me THAT. What he did tell me, however, is that he “can’t criticize Andy Harris (for not being there).”
(Maybe, Dr. Harris is jealous of Dr. Paul – a real doctor who’s treated people for cataracts and glaucoma, and not just a gasser.)
Now, here’s where I’m likely to end up getting a foot jammed up my ass: Maryland GOP National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose is the hardest working woman in MD GOP Political Circles. If you want to know how Deep Blue Maryland has somehow managed to score repeated visits from Rand Paul, talk to her. But, she won’t tell you because she doesn’t like tooting her own horn. She goes out, gets the job done – and shuts up about it.
Hopefully, those “shuts up about it” days are done. Especially when you have so many folks of questionable talent levels trying to claw their way to or near the top of the GOP hierarchy. This fiefdom mentality pervasive in the MDGOP simply must be brought to a crashing halt, especially since most of these would-be feudal lords have no clue as to what the Hell they’re doing.
And, as for Rand Paul, himself, what did the good Senator have to say to those brave souls who battled the weather last night? After spending a good amount of time talking about various manners in which the federal government constantly and consistently displays its acumen at wasting money, he dropped silent for a moment before saying:
“Maryland, you need some wins.”
Indeed, we do, Senator Paul. Indeed, we do. The thing is, those in the MDGOP who agree with you and will be doing their damnedest to ensure the MDGOP get some wins are the very ones who heard you say that last night. All else is bull shit.
And, for the record, the $40.00 ticket fee for the general unity rally is money that goes into the MDGOP coffers – Senator Paul sees none of that. So, even amongst those folks who may have an issue with him and can afford the $40.00 – really?
And, yet, the MDGOP wonders why it has problems.