Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Declaration of Do-Nothing

If you’ve been following along with the saga of CD5, you know what a sorry state we’re in over here, thanks to the “leadership” of the Destroyers, who have taken over our district and run it into the ground through a combination of negligence, incompetence, and deliberate behavior.

If you haven’t been following along, get caught up here, here, here, here., and here.  You should also take a look at the drama over in CD4 (here, here and here), so you can see that Destroyer takeovers are not a uniquely CD5 thing.

It’s pretty well known that the Destroyers will be making a play for control of the State Party next year.  I thought I’d offer a preview of what we’re in for if we allow that to happen.

On September 20, 2012, the CD5 executive committee held its second meeting of this election year.  Rumors had been swirling that CD5’s Destroyer-in-chief, Chair Adam Weigold, and even possibly his Deputy Destroyer, Mark Johnson would be resigning at this meeting.  That didn’t happen.

Instead, the first order of business at the September 20 meeting was to appoint 4 new Vice Chairs to the do-nothing organization.  You can see them here, at the ridiculous new CD5 website, at the top of the 1700 word manifesto.  If you’ve been around for a while, chances are you’ll recognize the names.  If you don’t recognize the names, ask around. 

Going into this meeting, CD5 had a few thousand dollars in the bank.  Because that cash is not in a Federal account, it can’t be spent to help CD5’s endorsed candidate, Chris Fields.  Setting that piece of genius aside for now, as Builders know, you don’t leave money in the bank in an election year.  It should be strategically deployed to help candidates who can win, especially in the last few weeks of the election.

A proposal to make donations to winnable campaigns was brought up at the meeting.  After a lengthy discussion, in which the proposal was modified to add the Honey Badger to the list, the entire plan was voted down.  Several committee members felt that a few hundred bucks won’t make any difference to a campaign anyway, and one committee member felt the money would be better used for a party.  OK then.

So, we’re heading into the election with a few thousand dollars in the bank.  Sorry, candidates, we tried. But maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get an invite to the party as a consolation prize.

For the grand finale, we have the night’s resolution.  The Declaration of Do-Nothing, presented by the Destroyer-in-Chief himself:


CD5’s activities shall hereby consist of the following procedural duties:

  1. Help coordinate caucuses.

  2. Host fair conventions.

  3. Endorse candidates.

  4. Maintain party lists.

  5. Maintain online presence.

  6. Advocate for BPOU autonomy, and resist all impositions on BPOUs from broader party entities.

Coordination of congressional campaigns and assistance of other Republican candidates shall consist of directing volunteers to campaign committees, BPOUs, and political action committees.

The plan of action herein shall endure indefinitely, until amended or repealed by the executive committee and/or the body.

This is what CD5’s chair believes CD5 should do.  You’ll note the lack of mention of fundraising, supporting and recruiting candidates, or coordinating BPOUs.  You know, party building stuff.

I have to give them credit for an interesting strategy.  If people are harping on you for failing to do the job you’re supposed to do, just redefine the job.  It’s brilliant, in a way.

In an unexpected turn, the resolution failed to pass. 

Yes, the CD5 chair stacked the committee with friendlies, who less than an hour later voted against what was supposed to be his crowning achievement.  Epic.  It’s not clear whether his courageous battle for BPOU autonomy and fearless resistance against impositions will continue in spite of this embarassing defeat.

Welcome to the circus, ladies and gentlemen.  Consider it a preview of a State Party run by Destroyers.