In the wake of the absurdly embarrassing emails pilfered by Russian hackers from the knuckleheads at the DNC, Charlie Pierce invokes some valuable advice from a long dead Boston ward boss:
Someday, I will have to compile a list of the blog’s most important maxims. Chief among them would be the political advice of Martin Lomasney, the old political boss of Boston’s Ward Eight known as “The Mahatma” for his ability to turn out his troops, living or dead, on election day. “Never write when you can speak,” Lomasney warned. “Never speak when you can nod. Never nod when you can wink.”
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Just one email can stand for the whole bunch–not only as an exemplar of what the DNC was all about, but also about how much smarter than the DNC brain trust Martin Lomasney is—and Lomasney’s been dead since 1933. The email, per The Intercept:
It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
Amy Dacey, the DNC’s chief executive officer, replied, “Amen.”
Who thinks like this?
OK, most political consultants think like this because many of them are reptiles. But the really smart reptiles do not write stuff like this down. They whisper it among themselves and then, glory be to the god of coincidence, the embarrassing question gets asked a few months down the line when it will damage the target the most. And they certainly don’t reply in writing with something completely stupid like, “Amen!” Not in the glorious age of cyber-burglary. So thus does ideologically aligned press get a Dems In Disarray narrative to write, the ostensibly non-aligned press gets the Both Sides In Chaos story of its dreams, and the DNC under DWS demonstrates, for possibly the last time, that it would screw up a two-car funeral if you spotted it the hearse. These are the people standing between the Republic and El Caudillo de Mar-A-Lago.
Your DNC, ladies and gentlemen. Cherish it. Then fire them all and get some people with some goddamn brains to run this freaking party. There’s an election in three and a half months, maybe you’ve heard?
Well, anyway, Martin Lomasney was a smart guy and Charlie Pierce has a new phrase (El Caudillo de Mar-A-Lago). Good stuff.
Off to Philadelphia in the AM. Might try out some Facebook Live reporting tomorrow, hopefully from somewhere near a pool or a bar – if I really get lucky it’ll be a bar in a pool. A boy can dream, no?