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What Were They Thinking? – A Series on the Brooklyn GOP and Election 2010

November 17, 2010

Starting this week, I will be exploring the various tactics, methods and incidents that led up to the most recent election. I will concentrate on local Brooklyn races, but some of my colleagues will be joining me in analyzing the statewide picture of politics.

There are so many questions you’ve been asking us.

What did the party gain? What losses did it suffer? Who were the biggest losers and winners? What impact will this all have on the coming years and future elections?

I’ve been compiling statements, data and information, and soon I will be bringing that collection to you here on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.

I hope you will come back, read and offer your suggestions and comments to me via email.

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22 Comments
  1. Jig Lost Their Sanity permalink
    November 18, 2010 6:03 pm

    The first comment must have been written by a severely mentally challenged person.

  2. Ignore Them permalink
    November 18, 2010 8:38 pm

    The hate blog is doing what they do best. Don’t read their blog.

  3. "There is a serious problem and I don't quite know what it is..." permalink
    November 19, 2010 12:24 am

    That was how Peter Cipriano kicked off his Novemeber 17th Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio analysis of the “blue state” problem in the northeast generally and here in New York in particular.

    He then obviously scratched his head and concluded that mastery of a handful factoids is what we Republicans need to succeed in the coming years — for example he observed that Republicans are dead-enders, in that people who live on “cul de sacs” (he interjects that’s a fancy term for “dead ends”) are more likely to be Republican than the population at large.

    Cipriano and Brian Doherty took turns trying to convince us how their 38% votes showed the public’s disgust with one party rule and long term incumbents. Isn’t that still very close to getting beat two to one?

    Both Cipriano and Doherty acknowledged that 2010 was a massive earth-shifing year in favor of Republicans nationally — including in many “blue states”. Why not try to explain how it is that so few Republican candidates broke 40% in Brooklyn in 2010? Why not try to explain how it is that so few Republican candidates broke 30% in Brooklyn in 2010.

  4. Eaton's Gaffs Highlighted in TJIUA Posting About Brooklyn Eagle Article permalink
    November 19, 2010 8:00 am

    Does the following quote show that Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton knows less about baseball or politics? “With more new candidates running for office, we are finally building a bullpen to play the political field…”

    You can’t make this stuff up. Locally, Eaton is a bigger gaff machine than Joe Biden and that is demonstrated repeatedly by the Eaton quotes in “The Jig is Up Atlas” November 16, 2010 posting, “Local Newspapers Interview Chairman Eaton On Brooklyn GOP’s Amazing Comeback, Part II!!!!!”.

    Try this one, “…Five of our losing candidates got more than 35 percent of the vote, unlike many past elections when five to 10 percent was the most we had.” Even better, Eaton was quoted as wanting “a healthy balance of power with Democrats.” And maybe best Eatonism of all, “I believe that Democrats will work with Republicans for a redistricting that is fair and equitable for all.”

    This TJIUA tidbit by “AAA” is priceless and I would suggest that the moderator here at ASIB reprint it whole, along with the five comments that follow in its wake. Taken as a unit the whole thread is “brilliant”, either as low farce or high satire.

    For those with a moment and a desire for a good laugh this link is truly worth it: http://thejigisupatlas.blogspot.com/2010/11/local-newspapers-interview-chairman_16.html

    Frankly, I believe Eaton has a dog or two in his manger and still doesn’t have a clue about it. With this man that running our party in Brooklyn can somebody honestly say, “There is a serious problem and I don’t quite know what it is…”?

    In any case “AAA” should bring out a fully bound and annotated: “The Little Red Book, Quotations of Chairman Eaton”; it would be a best seller for sure.

  5. David Y. permalink
    November 19, 2010 3:52 pm

    This was once again one of the worst elections the Brooklyn GOP has ever seen. Thank you Craig Eaton and Marty Golden.

  6. "With more new candidates running for office, we are finally building a bullpen to play the political field...” permalink
    November 19, 2010 11:32 pm

    Does the quote above indicate whether Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton knows less about baseball or politics? For now, let’s just call it a draw.

    You can’t make this stuff up. Locally, Eaton is a bigger gaff machine than Joe Biden and that is demonstrated repeatedly by the Eaton quotes in “The Jig is Up Atlas” November 16, 2010 posting, “Local Newspapers Interview Chairman Eaton On Brooklyn GOP’s Amazing Comeback, Part II!!!!!”.

    Try this one, “…Five of our losing candidates got more than 35 percent of the vote, unlike many past elections when five to 10 percent was the most we had.” Even better, Eaton was quoted as wanting “a healthy balance of power with Democrats.” And maybe best Eatonism of all, “I believe that Democrats will work with Republicans for a redistricting that is fair and equitable for all.”

    For those with a moment and a desire for a good laugh this link is truly worth it: http://thejigisupatlas.blogspot.com/2010/11/local-newspapers-interview-chairman_16.html

    Frankly, we believe Eaton has a dog or two in his TJIUA manger and still doesn’t seem to have a clue about it. With this man running our party in Brooklyn how is it possible that anybody could have said, “There is a serious problem and I don’t quite know what it is…”?

    In any case “AAA” should bring out a fully bound and annotated: “The Little Red Book, Quotations of Chairman Eaton”; it would be a best-seller for sure.

    • None of Craig Eaton's quotes show why he's a Republican, or even that he is one. permalink
      November 20, 2010 8:49 pm

      Eaton has expended vast amounts of the Brooklyn GOP’s fisc on blog sights and blog radio, and even some of it on local campaigns for so-called “Republican” candidates.

      Except for some very otiose and turgid verbiage from the likes of Gene Berardelli, there has been almost no discussion from Eaton, any of “his” spokespersons or any of “his” candidates as to what it is or what it might mean “to be Republican”, or perhaps more accurately,
      “to be a Republican”.

      Without a clear exposition of such fundamental concepts, ie., “Republicanism” or “being Republican”, how can we assert any “raison d’etre” for one’s membership in a Kings County Republican Party, much less any righteous claim to thoughtfully lead it.

      Maybe, Eaton’s reason is as simple as T.S. Elliot’s existential pronouncement on behalf of his Jellicle and Practical cats. For “Old Possum” – first and foremost a “cat” is not a “dog”; and for Old Eaton – a “Republican” is not a “Democrat”. On the other hand, where’s the proof that Eaton really believes any of that?

  7. One of Craig Eaton's strategic blunders in 2010 was unleashing TJIUA at the very end of 2009 permalink
    November 20, 2010 11:30 pm

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is an inkblot pretending to be lines of meaningful prose.

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is a blank stare posing as a blank slate.

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is a messy cloud of disjointed electrons purporting to be an orderly and meaningful progression.

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” claims to be “… a Political Blog!…” where
    “…[a]ll posts are the OPINIONS of their authors…”, whereas the message is constrained to be in lockstep with Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP establishment.

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is Eaton’s biggest unforced error in 2010 and an impediment to any growth or progress by the Brooklyn GOP in 2011.

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is Eaton’s illegimate baby, butt-ugly and simpleminded to boot. “The Jig is Up Atlas” is neither “…a Real American Blog…” nor “…[a] place for Real Americans”. Instead it stands as Eaton’s living legacy of hatred and disrespect for all Brooklyn Republicans.

  8. Jared permalink
    November 22, 2010 12:04 pm

    It’s so great to have a website that gives me the real deal of GOP politics. It’s a million times better than the GOP echo chamber that thinks the world of itself.

  9. Dagny's BFF permalink
    November 24, 2010 2:16 am

    Who’s the geek at the bottom? Mr. Antisocial Network?

    This should be a good series, but where is it, FD! lol ;-)

  10. Interesting appearance by “Brooklyn Republican” Bob Capano on Conservative Blog noticed by UE permalink
    December 5, 2010 12:56 am

    Does the posting “Bob Capano issues Carpe Diem notice for Republicans” [by Ross Brady?] suggest more than a bit of advice to Republicans, especially Brooklyn Republicans? Maybe it’s intended to
    have a particular significance.

    Take a look for yourself, and see what you think: brooklynconservativeparty.com/?p=221…. the posting was also picked up and run by “Urban Elephants”, who obviously thought it might raise some eyebrows: urbanelephants.com/…/3130-seize-the-election-day-victories-republicans-must-follow-conservative-principles.html

    btw, once upon a time Ross Brady was a “civic activist and former candidate” for the Republicans in the Flatlands – Canarsie area. Is the Brooklyn GOP worried that it’s about to lose Bob Capano to the Conservatives, as well? Maybe that’s why “The Jig is Up Atlas” has sent Bob C. so many kudos and “ET come home” messages.

  11. Can you believe this? “The Kings County Republican Party is stronger, united and more electric than it has been in decades.” permalink
    December 5, 2010 11:54 am

    We’re getting tired of arguing about the Brooklyn GOP’s participation, contribution, effort and net results in the horrible statewide and local campaigns in the 2010 election cycle; so let’s move on to some of the more recent nonsense that is being spewed by Craig Eaton’s Jiggezatzerz.

    Yesterday, TJIUA’s “AAA” BOLDLY ASSERTED that “The Kings County Republican Party is stronger, united and more electric than it has been in decades.”

    Really!!! We didn’t know that. More important, that’s not what several key KCRP supporters of Craig Eaton and State Senator Martin Golden are saying to us “On the QT”. Some are saying that they are going their own way in 2011 to insure that they are strong in the ADs where they are active or have strong interests (friends).

    Also, not everybody in the KCRP leadership fully supportive of the “Regime Change” strategy directed at the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Club and its current GOP elected leaders. Some fear counter-attacks in the adjoining districts of southwest Brooklyn. Others just don’t want to deal with Peter Cipriano as a colleague on the executive committee. One specifically told me, “Cipriano is completely committed to Eaton…” but that very same person pointed out, “…Don’t think that Cipriano isn’t using Eaton more than Eaton is using Cipriano.” Another wag put it to us like this, “Why is Craig attacking Judge and supporting Cipriano, when Cipriano and Judge are exactly the same …?” Several members of the Executive Committee are very uncomfortable that “Regime Change” now looks like it means “the Chairman” is supporting active efforts to change certain State Committee members outside the 49th AD [funny how that thing "just growed" like Topsey].

    As far as we’re concerned, “AAA” is batting .333, being right on the money with “The Kings County Republican Party is … more electric than it has been in decades.” Depending on what one calls “electric”, that’s a very good thing.

    btw, that’s almost as good as the percentages that three of Eaton’s prospective State Committeemen received in their recent assembly runs.

  12. I had a dream that Chairman Craig Eaton had a meltdown at post-election press conference when confronted by Jonathan Judge permalink
    December 7, 2010 12:30 am

    It was just like the one former NFL coach Jim Mora once had.

    Jonathan Judge: “When do you think the Brooklyn GOP will be able to elect real Republicans?”

    Eaton: “‘Real Republicans’?! Jonathan, don’t talk to me about ‘Real Republicans’! Are you kidding me? ‘Real Republicans’?! I’m just happy we had a win with Golden, all we need is to win with State Senator Golden!”

  13. TJIUA's "In depth analysis" of "I had a dream..." posting above permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:32 am

    TJIUA’s December 7th posting “In-Depth Election Analysis Shows Brooklyn GOP ….”, made by “AAA” in reply to the ASIB comment above, shows photo of Craig Eaton shouting at a crowd, “‘Real Republican s’?! Don’t talk to me about ‘Real Republicans’! Are you kidding me? ‘Real Republicans’?! I’m just happy we had somebody to run with State Senator Martin Golden. Don’t worry though, I’ll have ‘The Jig is Up Atlas’ say how great it all is!”

    • "Anonymous' " proposal to hand Russell Gallo title “Greatest District Leader” causes a series of dreamy melt-downs permalink
      December 8, 2010 9:02 pm

      Earlier today on “The Jig is Up Atlas” Anonymous said… “ …I think we should amend the title to Russell Gallo from the “Greatest Male District Leader” to the “Greatest District Leader”

      Eaton replies all agitated, “‘Greatest District Leader’?! Don’t talk to me about ‘Greatest District Leader’! Are you kidding me? ‘Greatest District Leader’?! I’m just happy we have any district leaders at all outside of Bay Ridge, most of Brooklyn other than in Golden’s district is such a waste! Just how many of Golden’s EDs does Gallo have?” “‘Greatest District Leader’! Okay….”

      Anonymous (another one or just multiple personality disorder???) said… “That’s not a terrible idea.”

      Eaton answers, a little calmer, “Okay, but just until Doherty and Cipriano get elected. Then we’ll let the three of them compete for the title in a sort of playoff.”

      Gallo, “mad as hatter” normally, truly flipping out like he’s being confronted by Christina Bennett all over again, “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope I can win my next election! An election aimed at me thanks to that ‘regime change’ business in the 49th all to benefit skinny little ‘Sippy-cup’. Damn it, payback’s a bitch, just like…you know I’m sure she hates ‘Sippy-cup’ too.”

  14. Real analysis of so called "... Golden effect" by "Gatemouth" on "Room Eight" permalink
    December 7, 2010 8:08 am

    Instead of the nonsensical “analysis” that appears in TJIUA’s December 6, 2010 “In-Depth Election Analysis Shows Brooklyn GOP Strongest In Decades.” by “AAA” get the real deal analysis of any Martin Golden coattails in “Gatemouth’s” December 5, 2010 “Room Eight” posting “The Golden Effect”: http://www.r8ny.com/blog/gatemouth/the_golden_effect.html .

    Clearly “AAA’s” post is intended to blunt the real effect of this excellent item by “Gatemeouth”, a former staffmember of a former Democratic Minority Leader in the NYS Senate and a former staffmember of a Democratic state senator from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.

    • "The Jig is Up Atlas" keeps trying to spin Brooklyn GOP's election day flop into a hit permalink
      December 8, 2010 12:16 am

      AAA’s follow-up “In-Depth Election Analysis Shows Brooklyn GOP Strongest In Decades Part II.” is just as deluded and superfical as AAA’s initial “In Depth Analysis…” for all of the reasons recited by “Gatemouth” in his brilliant and genuine in depth analysis, ““The Golden Effect” on the “Room Eight” blog. Don’t miss it… get the link above.

      btw, you heard it here on ASIB first — Martin Golden gets sworn in for elective office just once more. All of the reasons for that are among our coming attractions.

  15. Craig Eaton's Brooklyn GOP's "Big Mess" secret, "not so secret anymore" permalink
    December 8, 2010 7:45 am

    Bottom line, The Brooklyn GOP under Craig Eaton is in as big a mess as it’s ever been. Even Republican District Leader Clorinda A. thought that and said it not so very long ago.

    At long last, there is an organized opposition that will pursue “Regime Change” specifically aimed at the Republican State Committeepersons, ie., District Leaders like Russell Gallo, who are openly supportive of the failed regime of Chairman Eaton.

    In addition, Brooklyn’s “only elected Republican” State Senator Golden will be subject to more intense scrutiny than he had been through 2010 for his sell-outs on “real Republican positions” and to his lack of personal probity.

    Specifically, Republican reformers will be looking closely at Mr. Martin Golden’s servile relationship to various public employment unions. Remeber one example from the past year — it was completely not appropriate and unacceptable for a Republican state senator to be shouting “Jobs, baby, jobs!” at an ACORN – Working Families Party rally.

    Expect many more such YouTube postings, as a few “tracking teams” are now on the hunt for Mr. Golden, with videocams and mikes at the ready. Only one has to go viral, then MG will be like DL’s and BM’s favorite food “Toast On A Stick” (picture State Senator Golden “sitting” on top of a single picket).

  16. Jonathan Swift permalink
    December 8, 2010 9:26 pm

    Perhaps a “Modest Proposal” is in order.

    If the “Real Reform Republicans” seriously are not happy with the Brooklyn Republican Establishment’s “Blue Velvet” relationship with State Senator Martin Golden, maybe they should make that the hallmark issue of their campaigns throughout Brooklyn in 2011, both in the ADs in the state senator’s district, as well as those located elsewhere in the county.

    Of course others are more upset about KCRP Chairman Eaton — so make the whole 2011 race about “Golden-Eaton: Yay or Nay?”

    This way the Republican Establishment candidates can be proud of what they’re fighting for and the so-called “Reformers” can confront the faces of the Brooklyn GOP openly.

    If the reformers take up my modest proposal and the Golden-Eaton supporters fully engage, both sides will exhaust all of their venom and hosility in open political warfare. What both sides will quickly learn is that rank and file Republicans don’t care about any of that stuff; then maybe everybody can move on to rebuilding the Republican Party in Brooklyn.

  17. UE Source permalink
    December 11, 2010 4:05 pm

    We hear that Bob Capano will be breaking publicly with Eaton by the end of the year- whether it is by joining the Conservatives or other reformers- we shall see,,,

  18. GOP Radio's April "Golden Showers" OR "What Were They Thinking? A 2011 Update" permalink
    April 7, 2011 8:03 pm

    Last night “Brooklyn GOP [Blog-]Radio” did an interesting
    schpritz-along “talking point” — it was all about how Martin
    Golden is not going to be the next Frank Padavan. Gino Bernardelli
    and JuJuGal Gallo, along with the moron who’s training is almost
    complete, must have been doing their best imitations of Vinnie
    Barbarino and the “Sweat Hogs” and blog-casting in “Surround Sweat”
    because you could clearly hear the sweat dripping off of them in
    buckets as they “sincerely” expounded on how State Senator Golden
    isn’t in deep trouble in 2012. Golden and Eaton decided to blow up
    the Brooklyn GOP in 2010 — let’s see what happens to Eaton in 2011
    – more important let’s see what happens to Golden in 2012. Maybe
    Martin will again get to run against a gay candidate, whose gay-pac
    money got pulled, who had zero (“0″)formal Democratic club support
    in the state senate district and whose Democratic County loyalists
    were backing ykw(to repay ykh for backing Greenfield). Since that
    scenario will never happen again, let’s practice the Brooklyn GOP’s
    2013 theme song: Anybody here seen our old friend Martin? Can you
    tell us where he’s gone? … We thought we saw him walkin’ up over
    the hill, With Eaton, Gallo and someone Jewish and/or Russian whose
    name won’t scan in this song.

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