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Savior or Saboteur?

October 12, 2010

Again? Another set of inflammatory comments?

What’s going on here? Why is he going out of his way to offend people?

He’s not an idiot. He’s not insane. He has a team of experienced political operatives and they have a campaign plan.

This past week, they were meeting with conservative religious sects in New York City and appealing to right-leaning voters in the outer boroughs. This speaks to strategy – fairly sophisticated strategy at that.

But is making ridiculously offensive comments and prompting a fire storm of condemnation in the media part of the strategy?

What are Paladino’s people seeing in polling that makes them think they can win with this approach?

Making crackpot comments might get you the angriest of angry people, but it is not going to win a majority of voters in a state like New York.

In fact, moderate Republicans and Independents are now pulling back from Paladino. (See Dan Donavan and Harry Wilson.)

And, perhaps more importantly, heretofore unenthusiastic Democrats are now getting jazzed up about the gubernatorial race. Labor, women, gays, enviros and Jews – they all see a big threat in Paladino and are now more motivated than ever to vote.

Paladino and his advisors must understand this dynamic. It’s too obvious for them not to get it.

Soooo….what are they thinking? What are they trying to do? Drag the GOP in New York to the far right? And will that save or sabotage the party?






2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Keister permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    Shooting one’s political self in the foot is some of the best sport going! Please NT2 do not naval gaze too much; lest the metephor get out of hand – the hoist is on their own petard, use of their own rope . . . God Bless America and every white man residing therin!

  2. Mark permalink
    October 12, 2010 11:56 AM

    Why would Mr. Paladino – why would any candidate – walk into an organization’s office, take a speech written by that organization, peruse the speech, allegedly remove one line from the speech, and then, before an audience of that organization and the media, read that very speech to the group?

    It makes no sense.

    Either Carl Paladino has no ideas of his own (which I doubt), no money to hire a speechwriter (be serious), very little common or practical sense to be videotaped holding and reading the written text of a group (likely), even less common or practical sense to admit that he had read their speech to the assembled audience (very likely), or a complete willingness to do and/or say anything to get your vote, my vote, or the votes of other New Yorkers (sadly, this seems most probable).

    Mr. Paladino’s actions define foolish on so many levels that one wonders how the man legally made any money. And I dislike using the word “legally” in the prior sentence, but think about it: How could someone who does something so, well, stupid (is there really another word that accurately and succinctly describes Mr. Paladino’s action in this case without venturing down Orwell Way?) for all the cameras and cellphones to videotape – and then openly admits his own foolishness – earn an honest buck?

    Again, it makes no sense.

    Mr. Paladino reminds me more and more of Avigdor Lieberman. Google the name as it almost never appears in American publications or on American television channels. Except Mr. Paladino, unlike Mr. Lieberman, lacks the New York equivalent of the Shas and Likud parties, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Enterprise Institute, the Washington Institute for Near East Polic, and/or the Anti-Defamation League to support his (many) more foolish and borderline frightening moments.

    What’s next, Mr. Paladino? A proposal to introduce a loyalty oath to New Yorkers?

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