Hey, James Foley! Skippie the basement blogger here! About your thin skin you showed on Saturday….

by Skip

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You know, James, I do have to say “Thank you” for saying what you did from the stage on Saturday.  Really!  There you were, all suited up, looking magnificently upon that lighted stage, with 450 or so Members of the State Committee, Press, and visitors watching your stately oratory.  Your report on the Finance Committee was perfection in audible form.  The number and event retelling was spellbinding – you had everyone’s attention to see how well you had led an important part of the NH GOP…

Oh, woopsies! I guess my current surroundings have me a bit distracted – I haven’t been able to blog from Mom’s basement – she passed away at the end of last year.

But yes, I was correct about the pin drop quiet in the auditorium and about the amazement in the crowd, but not for the serious purpose for which you were called upon.  Instead of doing what adults do, which is to concentrate on the task at hand regardless of distractions, to put the greater purpose on the front burner and push others aside, you became yet another symbol the Leadership of the NH GOP that seemingly disrespects the grassroots, only listening when they have to, and despising them in private for what they have to say.  Thank you for fulfilling the stereotype that we out in the hinterland have of how valued we are.  After all, with your own words, James, we all out here don’t count, none of the other groups that could be aligned with the NH GOP in complementary missions don’t count – all that is left is the insularity, the anger, and the dismissive wave of the hand.

A perfect metaphor of the NH GOP displayed by one of the Inner Circle.  I am GLAD that you, now former NH GOP Chair MacDonald, and NH GOP Area 5 Vice-Chair Alan Glassman have shown that “private face” (as the Japanese speak of) to we peons.  It shows that valid criticisms of the Party are not to be tolerated – after all “WE ARE REPUBLICANS – we don’t air our dirty laundry”.  Nonsense.  The problem is, as I have pointed out, that dirty laundry has piled up and is now becoming the obstacle itself – a self-serving habit that does the Party no good at all.  After all, one can only throw that dirty laundry into the dark corner for just so long until it spills out into the lighted part of the room.

And James, you certainly brought it out into the lighted room on Saturday.

So, while you may have thought you were “calling me out” in a power move (“Who are you, you lowly blogger to criticize ME, a Chair twice over!”), you did to yourself what I, an ordinary schlub,  could never have done by myself.  That, however, is of no consequence at all – as after all, I am only an ordinary schlub, just a grassrooter and have never aspired for anything higher.  Yes sir, I am not a tough guy, as you called me in the foyer.  Nor do I try to physically try to intimidate others, as you did, by pushing your belly up against mine as you made that utterance simply because I had a running camera.  No sir, I am fine at being at ground zero instead of the stratospheric heights in which you trod.

No, James, just like you say,  I am not a tough guy.  I am not a ungrown-up schoolyard bully, either.  Just a blogger that writes about wrong things – a bitter clinger to my guns and my Bible as another elite has said.  I will also add – our Constitutions and the Platform as well as they all represent what is right with America even as others try to ignore it or subvert their importance.  Nothing less, but certainly, nothing more.

Yet, perhaps unbelievable to many, I believe that you owe no apology to me for your actions on Saturday (not that the thought had actually occurred to you).  Why?  Because from what I understand, that was your true nature that you chose to display on stage on Saturday.  I do believe that you may well owe an apology to the Members of the State Committee for taking your beef with me and making it theirs.  And perhaps one other (for whom I feel really badly for).

You know, Chris Sununu was willing to come over to the ‘Grok table where we had a great talk on our livestream to discuss what he had to say about Unity and technology after his speech to the Members  – even taking my pointed questions about Unity and what the purpose of that should be.  No, we do not see eye to eye, but he listened, he responded, and was willing to interact about shortcomings that Grokster Mike and I had – with respect.  We hope to continue that discussion of grassroots and other factions in the near future with him, as well as the proper use of technology here in NH.  A great starting point for reaching out.

However, all of that went for naught – unlike the hand outstretched like Chris’s, there was a machete instead.  The grassroots folks (and others, I might add – I’ve had multiple calls today as well as emails) now have a concrete example on which to base their opinions of NH GOP and its Leadership – word has and is traveling fast.

Once again, Jennifer Horn has some quick decision, some hard decisions, to make.  I’m betting that she’s not too grooving to have been handed this particular problem this quickly on top of everything else.  I will end with a saying (in following in your fine example, James) with a spin on Francis Bacon’s words:

Mahomet cald the Hill to come to him. And when the Hill stood still, he was neuer a whit abashed, but said; If the Hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet wil go to the hil.

A saying about closing a gap, of articulating a goal, a joining, of unity, and that goal being achieved – very pithily stated.  What we saw on display was not a gap being closed but a gap being enhanced – one has to wonder what the goal really was?  And I doubt a single sentence would be sufficient to describe it.

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  • Susan

    The man was/is drinkin his own booze…but yes, the mask did slip and merely confirmed what entire day represented: we plebes are relegated to the back benches.

  • Kurt Hall

    Run through walls Skip. Do not back down.

  • nhsteve

    I don’t think Herr Foley knows what he’s getting himself in to.

    • Bubbles

      Perhaps we should see what’s up in the Big F’s basement……..

  • C. dog e. doG

    Keep givin’ ’em hell, Skip! Institutional loyalty is the worse kind of fealty; it only feeds and swaddles those at the top of the pyramid scheme, and is to be found and nurtured by the worst kinds of Mob bosses. I find the ploys of the big boys and gals loathsome, and ridicule them most opportunities that pass my way.

    Looking forward, we the peons should hold each and every pol and administrator to the fire of those worthy documents you referenced as the framework for both the State and our political actions with respect to that construct. If the Republican Party of New Hampshire is to have any worth to us peons – and not be yet another instrument of the Grate State of New Hamsters – we need to evaluate all actions by those working for this institution by the metric: is this substantively moving us toward freedom? As such, here are several aspects that are the most egregious transgressions by the Hamster State, and which therefore require the most and immediate action:
    1. School Choice: change the scheme that enables the schlubbs to have choice in schooling THEIR children, which will necessarily spawn diversity rather than the stagnant cesspool currently masquerading as locations of learning.
    2. Private Property: If the Grate State owns the product of your labor, guess what, they own you. (See what I did right there? Ole’ Karl is rolling over in his grave much to my amusement) Zoning Boreds – and even worse: Planning Boreds – are the worst kind of encroachment on the enjoyment on one’s property. They are anti-constitutional, and anathema to “living free”. That said, such enjoying ends at your property boundaries. By the way, arms are property too, just a bit more … portable – Guns of Navarone notwithstanding.
    3. Agency Proliferation: Clearly, the Hamster State has run amok with this and that agency, department, and bureau – something no better highlighted than the copious buildings, bursting at their seems with honeycombed cubicles, spread along Hazey Drive and sprinkled elsewhere about the Capital City of Concord. The very existence of the Department of Cultured Affairs, various licensing boreds, and the pernicious weed: the Lilac Lady, underscores just how hollow the cries ring that confiscated property is tight in the Hamster State’s purse.

    So, unless the actions of the party apparatchik are directed at addressing these woeful shortcomings in a timely and substantial manner, don’t bother those of us focused on the big picture … and expect to be ridiculed early and often for your off-message efforts, closed wallets, and lack-luster candidate support. We don’t care what sells well on the 19th hole of your country club. Ain’t our problem. Hamsters are closely related to lemmings – we ain’t going over the cliff with you.
    – C. dog, an unregulated mutt

  • The other Carrie

    Skip, neither you or Jim helped NH move forward on Saturday. Are you involved in the party to promote yourself or a greater good? You need to figure it out and act accordingly.

    • granitegrok

      “forward” – I hate the word (the favorite word of Marxists and Socialists everywhere; “FORWARD!” – to what, I ask? (also Obama’s campaign slogan). I do not do this to move anything forward – I do wish to bring both the NH GOP and the country downward – and back to the radical notion of the Founders that Govt was instituted to protect our Liberties. Something that the NH GOP party Elites have forgotten, that Republican elected officials (for the most part) ignore, and for which the Democrats work mightily against.

      Let’s review – Jack Kimball was attacked& ousted for “poor” fundraising – I posted the actual results that blew that out of the water. I also criticized James Foley for not just the contempt he holds for anyone outside of the NH GOP (or its E-Board) but also what he was quoted on saying in the paper of record here in NH. If one cannot legitimately question and hold accountable those that reside in the seats of power, then why do anything at all – which is how I have read your comment.

      Like many TEA Party folks, the Republican Platform comes closer to my principles than the Dems but in getting involved, my first title is Conservative first, Republican second. Not all Republicans are good Republicans, as many are so for the title and / or the prestige (a country club for political “wannabe seen-ers”. I have never played that game and nor do I plan to start.

      So, The other Carrie, what do you suggest? Put blinders up and ignore the dirty laundry? Bring in the most powerful flashlights possible and uncover that which does not wish to be seen? Or something else?

    • nhcitizen

      “The Other Kerry,” perhaps those who live in glass houses…. It hurts when the tables are turned on those members of our own party who CONTINUALLY divide through whisper campaigns and innuendo. While we look at the leader of our new party moving forward, has one done it for “the greater good” by tearing down others, or for ones own self promotion and standing..

  • amanuse

    Where is this video you speak of?

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