By Tom, on Behalf of Leonard Clark of RecallBrewer.com
A Response to Bob Lord's post "Anatomy of a Doomed to Fail Recall -- Blind Passion, or Blind Egotism?"
In the interests of full disclosure, I am proud to call myself one of Leonard Clark's recall volunteers and his friend as well. I wanted to reply sooner, but we have been busy with the petitions and events, as the interest is incredible. Regardless, please allow me to respond now.
As is evident above, Leonard is an active, determined and politically passionate individual. While we would all prefer to avoid personal attacks between our colleagues, I never fail to be amazed at how quickly we Dems eat our own when someone decides to just go out and "do it". Too often in this Party the nail that sticks up gets hammered down. Instead of finding the good in a proposal or looking for some way it COULD work or how we COULD help, we instead find the flaws and pick it apart because it's 'not invented here' or "wasn't planned well".
Planning? cough, cough, Planning? In The Democratic Party? The brilliant strategic "planning" of the leadership of our Party can be seen most clearly in one stellar hometown example: The selection of, acceptance by, and departure of, our former Governor Janet Napolitano from Arizona to head The Department of Homeland Security. REALLY? Was no one else in the 50 States qualified?
This one act turned the entire State of Arizona over to Republican Control, brought us a new "Scorpion Queen" heroine for the excitable masses, ushered in the era of SB1070, and beget some of the most regressive anti-family, anti-immigrant, anti-union, anti-education legislation seen in this country in the last fifty years.
Lest anyone think this is 20/20 Hindsight, I, along the aforementioned Mr. Clark and several other liberals and progressives called KPHX and other radio and online shows while the offer and acceptance “dance” was occurring between the Governor and President. Many of us were questioning the move and predicting a coming catastrophe for our State. I am saddened to say we were right.Yet, some folks tell us we rank and file jest ain't as smart as our leaders and their "strategery".
So please don't preach about 'laying the groundwork', lining up the ducks, etc. The Democratic Party (which I would love to love) is chock full of ready-shoot-aim moments like the Napolitano Departure. These failures to gauge voter sentiments and exercise common sense create workloads for us running on for days, weeks and even years spent extracting ourselves from all-too-preventable mistakes.
The downside of a "reckless" recall effort at this time is extremely small in comparison:
The results of doing nothing? Further attacks on the families and workers of Arizona.
The results of success? An admirable milestone in Arizona history.
The results of failure? A little embarrassment that does not rule out any later effort.
Those are decent odds. In point of fact, considering all the regressive legislation coming our way, this Heinous Governor should be facing recall every minute she is 'serving' the business interests and donors that elected her.
Even the commentary pointed out "we’ve reached a point where disruptive politics are valuable for the disruption alone". Point taken.
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