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Some Thoughts The Day After The Duke’s Reelection

October 1, 2009

There is much to be said about what happened last night. You’d be stunned by the number of emails and comments Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn received about the convention last evening, and already our hits in just 12 hours of blogging are breaking records. Of course, Francisco was the first to write, and we all know he can be an interesting read, especially when he has a reason to be mad!

But allow me to lend a more delicate touch.

The fact is Chairman Eaton won last night. How he won, whatever the allegations, the fact remains that currently he is the Chairman of the Brooklyn GOP. For many of our readers and for the Atlas crew, this is unfortunate given the reporting we have done over the past few weeks demonstrating that our party is not where it needs to be nor headed in the direction it should be. Nevertheless, The Duke is back in action.

I have some thoughts I would like to share with you on this.

Firstly, like Eaton or not, there is something to be said about the sheer number of issues plaguing the party before last night’s convention. Political consultants, lack of outreach, lack of technological development, mismanagement of funds, and everything else we’ve reported. To say that this party was in good shape before today would truly be a lie. My concern is that after today, boys will be boys and things will remain as they have been.

Second, the fact is this division in the party could have been prevented. I was not there last night, but the calls for unity many have stated came from the establishment should not have been coming the night of the GOP convention. The failure of the establishment to heal the wounds of this party cannot be overstated. How can it be that this was not averted? To be fair, we do not know or have evidence that the Ferraro camp was given the light of day or offered to reconcile (the fact that Ferraro declared his candidacy so close to the convention leads me to believe they were not offered a chance to reconcile by the party). But how was it that the party leaders were unable to broker a peace and promise to implement reform?

Third, the reform movement that has been brewing in our local party is not over. At the end of the day, the same problems with the party exist. The website (as a blogger that goes first ;-)), the political consultants, the party in fighting–it’s all still out there for the world to see. At the end of the day, the party is still shrinking. At the end of the day, the party is still unstable. Chairman Eaton has demonstrated he is not quick to reform anything in our party. That vacuum has and will continued to be filled by reform-minded Republicans, both here and hopefully behind the scenes. You reformists are the ones that are going to win elections! Trust me!

Finally, no one likes sour grapes, but they do appreciate action. The party has a little bit of time to demonstrate whether it has learned anything from this past convention. If they’re smart, they won’t do anything to threaten an already fragile party they claim to control. I can assure you that retaliation of any kind will be reported on this blog. And just to be fair, if anyone but the Eaton camp had won, retaliation would have been reported here as well. The entire party has to get smart right now and be realistic. The party is compromised. Compromising it further with bullying is not going to get us anywhere. This is not to say that the current establishment does not hold the responsibility for the failures of the past and the present, but reformists should be spending their energy organizing!

While some are understandably upset about Eaton’s reelection, it should be noted that the tide will quickly turn against the current establishment if they fail to grow the party and start to deliver. If things get much worse, The Duke should watch out for that Republican rip tide.

Just a final note, Atlas did not endorse anyone for Chairman before last night. Some might think we should have. We offered evaluations of potential candidates. Nevertheless, this blog did not side with any one candidate. It was not our place to do so. We have been calling for reform above all since our beginning. It was up to the District Leaders and county committee members to put a reform-minded individual in last night. No matter who you supported, that did not happen.

Once again, thanks to all of you who continue to come to Atlas. There will be more commentary, analysis and reporting on the aftermath of the convention today and throughout the remainder of the week. Be sure to come back!

  1. Roto Rooter Republican permalink
    October 1, 2009 12:40 pm

    Atlas did not endorse anyone for Chairman?

    Statements like that flush your credibility right down the toilet.

    Your neutrality in the race for County Chairman makes the mainstream media look like Republican lapdogs.

  2. Sexy Republicana permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:08 pm

    As always, a well balanced piece. We women must be the voice of reason in this party. No wonder so many of the boys have pushed women to the side 😉

    Boys will be boys…

  3. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:18 pm

    Dagny said: “Just a final note, Atlas did not endorse anyone for Chairman before last night. Some might think we should have. We offered evaluations of potential candidates. Nevertheless, this blog did not side with any one candidate. It was not our place to do so. We have been calling for reform above all since our beginning. It was up to the District Leaders and county committee members to put a reform-minded individual in last night. No matter who you supported, that did not happen.”

    If Atlas took a side, they would become a special interest group and not a reform group as they are. Not taking a side is a powerful message. If means you have no respect for the establishment.

    Republicans are responsible for fixing the party, not a blog. The blog informed our leaders of the choices and background of potential candidates. They did an excellent job reporting the run-up to the convention. I have appreciated their commentary for some time.

    As for “pounding keys, not pavement,” I wish the GOP do themselves a favor and take baby steps, since they have proven in this season that they are a bunch of children. Why don’t you tykes put together a website resembling an improvement. When you do a protest, let your constituents know about it. The list goes on and on. Everything Atlas has said has been true. If the party leaders were smart, they would get hip to this and actually start making some of these changes.

    Maybe their scared everyone’s new favorite blog Atlas will get the credit. Atlas should.

    Bravo, Atlas. Bravo.

    • SOUR GRAPES permalink
      October 1, 2009 5:39 pm

      Your horse in the race lost – accept it, move on. But let us not fool ourselves and say that you didnt endorse a candidate. Your blog and comments clearly chose Arnaldo F.

      If you guys want to build the party, which you say you do, then why not volunteer, contact the county headquarters and make an appt to meet with the Chairman or the Exec Comm. Afterall, isnt it what you, want, to see a stronger party?

      If you do not do that and attempt to be a part of the solution, then you should not have any rights to complain, defame, libel or slander anyone anymore.

      The ball is in your court…………………….

      • October 1, 2009 8:47 pm

        Oh no! Candidates out there actively seeking to challenge leadership? How evil!

        Many of us have attempted your way of contacting leadership to get involved on multiple occassions and received a door in the face, dead silence, or threat of political obliteration.

      • Craig Beaten permalink
        October 1, 2009 9:14 pm


        Lame old men

  4. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:46 pm

    Atlas’ cause has been clearly articulated heretofore: “Here we seek to facilitate the following in order to empower Brooklyn’s Republicans and all of its concerned, hardworking citizens to initiate reform and secure true ownership in the governance of our Republic:

    * Promoting transparency in the Brooklyn Republican Party, because “sunshine is the best disinfectant”
    * Educating Brooklynites on activism within the Republican Party to ensure accountability for actions of elected party leaders that boldly defy the fundamental planks of our party platform
    * Giving all Brooklyn Republicans a voice and an opportunity to speak out on what matters to us, and finally
    * Fixing and reforming the party until it becomes a healthy, functional and rational organization that successfully competes in elections to support good better government

    “You may ask why our bloggers use pseudonyms rather than their real names. It’s not because of fear of reprisal, for those who may be most offended or threatened by what’s discussed have no power nor control over those who say them. Instead, the politics of personality have brought down far too many movements for all the wrong reasons. Ad hominem attacks too often distract the discourse, leading individuals to focus on the emotion of how one feels about another rather than concentrating on the reasoning and accuracy of the arguments being made. And certainly within Brooklyn Republican Party politics, it is far too often relied upon to discredit the best intentions of fellow Republicans. Therefore, the credibility and motives of the content on this blog must be assessed on their own merits and on no other tangential criteria.”

  5. REALITY CHECK permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:48 pm

    Boy, for those of you “pounding pavement,” you sure do enjoy staying at home “pounding keys.”


  6. October 1, 2009 8:43 pm

    You establishment Republicans surely hate free individuals talking about what’s going on with the party. If your establishment positions were any more powerful you would probably ban free speech or the internet.

    Calling for unity while effectively slamming the door in the face of young men and women who want to help move the party forward is laughable. What are you fighting for? Certainly not principles nor a free market of ideas which you consistently don’t have nor want. Your hubris will continue to destroy a party already bleeding from the neck.

    Do excuse us young men and women for not kissing the floor before which you walk. Country first? I think not.

  7. I HATE EATON THUGS permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:16 pm

    Bravo to DOUBLE SPEAK’s comments!!!

  8. October 2, 2009 11:35 am

    OK – fair enough to say that your opinions matter. But, I’m going to say here what I’d just typed out an another news-stream a minute ago (that’s to the miracle of copy/pasting).

    If you want to use keyboards for warfare — please do so, but please then take to the blogs and news-sites in SUPPORT of your GOP candidates from today and moving forward. Find messages on your own, if you’re not going to ask the candidates for their talking points — and barrage the blogosphere with reasons that can make a difference!

    Can we start joining, banding and supporting candidates? The Republican party in my district is smaller than both the Democrat and Independent enrollments — but, here I am ‘damning the torpedoes’ and working toward the reform & embodiment of self-sacrifice toward every goal you can imagine for the Republican party. If we cannot WIN seats, right now and if we cannot get over & past even what occurred 2 evening ago — than really what HOPE is there for anyone typing posts (and reading the sort of sad & baseless commentary accusing our State Sen. of walking around inebriated? And it’s time for legitimacy’s sake for commentary, as Jonathan Judge and others have now taken to here, to use your real names.) Voices were heard, loud and clear – there’s an unsettled feeling and positions that were very real — fine, that’s the democratic process in action — now, let’s seal the wound, understand where we are and WORK toward a ground-level assault for policy, action, legislation, spokesmanship of the ideals of the Republican Party. Let’s advance our Party and our candidates and stop wasting time bickering.

    As a candidate myself — we NEED you. Now. Period.

    Answer the call to arms, take up a keyboard if that’s your preferred method, sure. But, we’ll need 20-30+ people at the POLLING STATIONS outside on that holiday of Election Day. Can we rely on you? can you contact my campaign at 718 670-3211? Passive or more active? I’m now challenging Atlas Shruggies or whatever the new lexicon across this site to step forward and be counted — as men and women that will drive larger numbers toward WINNING.

    There’s real campaigning to be done and every person can have a part in winning battles, with the eyes on a larger leadership role in City, State of Federal government upcoming. Gentlemen, whether anonymously or more openly — let’s please fall in line. Doesn’t matter how our soldiers/general/duke or whatever the names attached feel about one another, being we’re all in the same foxhole and the Democrats are firing away.

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