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The Best of Atlas: Atlas Contributors Choose their Favorite Posts of 2009 – Dagny Taggart

December 30, 2009

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. Many of us went away, relaxed and rested, the result of a long and tiring year of fun and exciting politics. But while some of us were enjoying eggnog and presents with the kids, many of you were here on Atlas reading the new posts. A great many of you also bore witness to a massive comment war.

Given this recent event, I decided to remind you all of the first major “commentator event” we witnessed here on Atlas. It was when Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton first paid a visit to Atlas. I think it counts as my favorite post on Atlas for 2009.


The Duke Has Arrived at Atlas Shrugs

by Francisco D’Anconia

It’s nice to know The Duke is listening, if only just for the first time.

On Friday, August 28, 2009, Republican Kings County Chairman Craig Eaton made an appearance on this blog via comment to my amigo Hank Rearden’s series “How To Squander Money You Didn’t Earn.” Welcome aboard, fellow reader!

Now, while I was planning on posting Part One of my series And Then There Were None today, I felt the need to post regarding this recent manifestation of Atlas’ latest VIP guest. I must admit, when I saw “CRAIG EATON” had written a comment, I had such high expectations. Maybe he would finally explain everything—I mean really take us through everything—like his own personalized Checkers Speech.

No such luck.

Rather than address any of the concerns that many Brooklyn Republicans have regarding his leadership—many of which have been discussed in detail on Atlas Shrugs heretofore— our illustrious Chairman decided to take a few unaffiliated commentators to task for their remarks on Part 3 of Hank Rearden’s series. The remarks (made by individuals unconnected with Atlas Shrugs) involved a not-for-profit that was being run out of the same address for both the Kings County Republican Party and Chairman Eaton’s law firm. One posting stated that an organization called the MHE Research Organization was also registered to the same office as the KCRP and Eaton’s firm. No comments were made about the Chairman’s personal life or family, but the obvious implication was that there could be tax-related issues afoot in this scenario.

The Chairman then made his appearance and opined in his comment that the not-for-profit is a charity that helps those with a condition from which his son suffers. I will say that we all, regardless of party, must admire anyone who loves and cares for their children and provides charity and service to those in need. While we might have political disagreements, as my partner Dagny Taggart put it, “it’s wonderful that you and your wife are working hard to help others” with this disease. Moreover, while satirized commentary is something every public official must accept, it is clear that any such opinions should strictly discuss the politician’s actions or beliefs, not their personal or family life. Doing so is inexcusable. We here at Atlas refuse to take such tactics. Instead, we have and will continue to investigate, promote reform, and discuss our party officials’ doings and choices—whether beneficial or not.

But we cannot be distracted by the occasional offhand statement or unsavory comment on an open blog. Those of us concentrating on the issues at hand know how to distinguish between primary and tertiary issues.

As such, I am dismayed that the Chairman did not take an opportunity to comment on the actual issues that we have endeavored to discuss here and the concerns his constituents have regarding his ineffective leadership. The Chairman could have demonstrated that he is not The Duke we all know him to be and defended his administration against the abysmal round of failures that have accompanied his tenure.

But instead he decides to tell our readers that he has “nothing to hide here” and monologues about everything but the problems that have brought thousands of his constituents here to Atlas looking for answers.

Let’s recap: he had an opportunity to provide answers to the concerns of the Republicans he represents and discuss the misgivings and failures of his chairmanship. Instead, he tries to distract from the debate by making it about his personal life and not his political life.

Wrong move.

To date, he has failed to demonstrate to any of us what he has done successfully to grow and stimulate the party. He clearly is an avid reader of this blog, yet he chooses this day to respond to the spectral intimations of one lone comment on a blog full of genuine issues to address.

Why? Clearly, you believe you know the answers, since you have “nothing to hide.” So, perhaps you have said nothing to your critics because you do not like the answers you have to give. Do you see the writing on the wall?

You may do as you like, Mr. Chairman. Just know that if you would rather not concern yourself with providing answers, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn will endeavor to provide them for you.


Happy New Year to all of you! Just wait and see what we have in store for you in the coming weeks…

Until then!

  1. Nicholas Sacco permalink
    December 30, 2009 7:20 pm

    For your information,

    Attention Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn audience (readers of the this blog),

    These links to assorted Internet items/news stories, all publicly available information, are noteworthy and relate to Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton and the current Kings County Republican Committee autocracy.

    Click to access D24704.pdf

    Kings County GOP Endorses Hynes

    “One reason, we’ve learned, is that the Brooklyn Republican Party is undergoing what observers believe to be a strong renewal under new County Chair Craig Eaton, better known in and around Brooklyn courts as a trial attorney and partner of Jay Torrenzano, with offices in Sheepshead Bay.”

    “Vino” Fossella Cheered by Bay Ridge Republicans

  2. Simona Terracina permalink
    December 30, 2009 8:39 pm

    I’ve dealt with Craig Eaton in the past over issues and problems that had nothing to do with politics and/or the county GOP organization. It had to do with other matters.

    Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that from my personal dealings and interactions with him, I have experienced Craig Eaton in a repulsive, nauseating way. He was nasty, mean, brusque, and curt. I didn’t find him to be civil at all. Mr. Eaton has an appalling temper and is not always level-headed.

    From what Atlas commentators and article writers have to say about Chairman Eaton, I think their experiences and views are accurate and truthful.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Craig and those closest to him would try to obtain revenge (retribution) on Atlas Shruggers at a later date.

    Beware of the wrath and fury of Craig A. Eaton. Do not trust this person.

  3. BartolomeoVanzetti permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:10 pm

    Vino” Fossella Cheered by Bay Ridge Republicans

    “I am suffering because I am ….
    an Italian, and indeed I am an Italian.”

  4. Real Republican permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:20 pm

    You guys are really pathetic. It is clear that it is the same dork on a laptop writing these comments. Atlas has about 10 readers and yet has over 50 different names posting.

    What a joke.

    Hey JJJ- How’s it goin blocking posts? LOL!!!

  5. CLORELLA DIVINE permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:28 pm

    Oh Russy I looove it when you get jealous! My adorable little elf!
    Don’t worry, it will grow someday…(snicker)

  6. Sexy Libertariania permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:34 pm

    not that there’s anything wrong with supporting a political candidate for elected office by financial or monetary means….. but it could be considered “a little too close for comfort” when the current Brooklyn Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party (Craig’s) law firm, Eaton and Torrenzano LLP, financially supported the current Democrat in The White House, President Obama, in 2008.

    On link below see “Eaton and Torenzano LLP,” $ 240.00 for Obama for America. Companies are listed in alphabetical order, so look at “E” for Eaton and Torrenzano, etc. and you’lll see it.

    • Nancy permalink
      December 30, 2009 10:58 pm

      Disturbing, but wasn’t Eaton a Democrat and a huge Democratic donor in the 90’s? If so, that explains it…

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