Pettiness is seldom pretty. Especially not in politics where there are far too many heavy duty issues, personalities and egos with which to concern yourself and juggle. Nor is pettiness smart – unless you know there will be no blowback of any merit.
AGAIN, these unnecessary displays, well one “display” of it, actually, was on – well, on display Wednesday morning.
After former GOP Presidential candidate, Rand Paul, announced that he was dropping out of the Presidential race, Kory Boone, the Chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans wrote the following on Facebook:
“Well its about time… Sorry Randbots… He wasn’t as popular as you all thought. Time for him to focus on his senatorial race. #anotherOneBiteTheDust”
Now, Kory is backing Senator Ted Cruz in the GOP Presidential fracas. Further, from about half of my friends, I hear that he has been doing one Hell of a job in growing the MDYR – which, based upon what he wrote above, I have to wonder how this is so.
For the record, I was supporting Rand Paul. But, politics is politics – there are winners and there are losers and there are folks whose time simply hasn’t arrived yet. So, yeah, win some, lose some – but, either way, you’ve got to move on and, in this instance, Rand Paul’s supporters need another candidate to go to – if they’re going to go to anyone.
Which leads me to the question: Why would Kory Boone, an open Cruz supporter in an official position as MDYR Chief, dismiss and trash Rand’s supporters by calling them “Randbots” at a time when he should be reaching out to them on behalf of his candidate rather than name-calling to please his own ego? It is so ridiculously petty.
And, if I may, I’ve always liked Kory – which is why I’ve let slide the other times he’s called supporters of Rand Paul “Randbots” and repeatedly dismissed them and their candidate out of hand. Not this time, not when Kory Boone has his own horse (Cruz) in the race. This display of pettiness is beyond audacious.
Now, let me be the first to say, that Kory Boone is free to say/write whatever he so desires as long as he’s not threatening anyone or screaming “fire” in a crowded theater.
But this is not the first time he’s taken off on Rand Paul or Rand Paul’s people, and I have never once seen him do such to anyone else.
It makes me wonder whether a Rand Paul supporter publicly showed him up in a way that has really stuck in his craw which – considering his support of Cruz – makes what he wrote even pettier, not to mention more stupid. Whatever, Boone’s response is not good, and I cannot stress strongly enough how bad this type of thing can be for the candidate he is supporting. It’s so obvious, it’s text book.
Disparaging and disrespecting Rand Paul’s supporters so cavalierly is not the way to get them to back your guy. At the very least, Kory Boone should take down that Facebook post, especially since I’ve been informed that where he wrote “it’s about time” that Rand Paul be out of the Presidential race now qualifies as being an official MDYR position.
Speaking of Facebook, Eric Knowles, a former State Senate candidate, commented this morning on some thread or another about Kory Boone’s diss of Rand Paul and Paul’s supporters: “The guy is a fucking idiot. Every time he opens his mouth he sends the civil rights movement back 10 years.” Boone happens to be a black man.
As for me, as a former Rand Paul supporter or what Kory Boone would call a “Randbot,” I’m now out in the open and looking for another candidate. And, thanks to Kory Boone’s words this morning, I think my search just got a little easier.
Stupidity should be painful.
Sorry, Ted Cruz.