In Recent Young Republican Scandal, Eaton’s “Soviet Tactics” Are Nothing New
“We will bury you!” (“Мы вас похороним!)
Those words, spoken by one-time erratic Soviet Premier Khrushchev, could have easily been spoken by GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, whose recent attempt to muzzle the reform-minded Brooklyn Young Republicans is already being compared by some insiders to the Russian leader himself.
Indeed, some insiders are already calling Eaton’s would-be replacement of the YR’s a Brooklyn Young Apparatchik Club.
But these tactics are not new for Brooklyn’s own 21st century Nikita.
Recently, my colleague Dagny referred to Mr. Eaton as Macbeth, which was both perceptive and accurate in many ways.
But to capture Eaton’s methods of purging dissent and debate, one can only turn to the history of the CCCP (not the Catholic Citizens Commitee PAC, the Soviet Union) for guidance.
His fear and paranoia over differences of opinion in his own party and potential challenges from those that are probably more qualified than he is or are capable of outfoxing him have made him extremely insecure. He is terrified of being viewed as weak, which is why he and his minions have been falsely boasting that they performed well in the past elections, when indeed every election saw the Republican lose in Brooklyn (including Grimm and Malliotakis, who won on the Staten Island sides of their districts).
Sounds just like what authoritarian regimes do: distort the facts.
And those methods remain unchanged.
Eaton attempted to form a shadow young Republican group last year on private Facebook pagelast year, leading our blog to brand Eaton’s website as “For Cabal Eyes Only.” In fact, it led Brooklyn Young Republican President Jonathan Judge to refer to it as the “Kings County Chairman Craig Eaton’s COMINTERN.”
Thus began the Soviet references, and they have not stopped…
Eaton has permitted his sanctioned hate blogs (which he refuses to denounce outright) to rip into anyone who is even remotely in disagreement with him, including individuals that are guilty of nothing but freely associating with those Eaton dislikes, such as Mr. Judge or Arnaldo Ferraro, a former candidate for Chairman of the Brooklyn GOP (despite the fact that Mr. Ferraro attempted to make peace with Eaton more than once in the past).
All in an attempt to bully and intimidate people.
And all of this is emblematic of Brooklyn’s Nikita, who crushes, destroys and bangs his shoe on the table of Republicanism.
What a disgrace.
We just passed what would have been the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, a man who confronted aggression and emulated peace through strength as a means of conquering totalitarian political regimes.
Like Reagan, the reformers of the party must look to their values and principles combat the status quo Communism one faces in the ranks of the Brooklyn GOP’s petty cabal.
But just remember: Eaton is more like Nikita than Gorbachev.