When You Gamble…

       Most of the time, you lose.   How many times have you played the lottery? A bunch? OK, a lot.  How many times have you hit the Jackpot? How many millions have you won? None?  A shame, isn’t it?  What’s that? You got close? Let me see that ticket… look at that.  No winner, all the close numbers in the world won’t get you the money.  You hit once in Atlantic City for a few thousand dollars? Good for you, Congratulations are in order.  How many times have you been down there.  Mmm Hmm. That many times…and Mohegan sun? And Foxwoods? And Vegas? And how much have you won there?  Oh, so… let’s face it, you’ve lost more than you’ve won.  Haven’t you.  HAVEN’T YOU!  I know, I know, I’m yelling.  I’m like that. 

    Wanna know why I’m yelling?  You aren’t a bad person, It has nothing to do with you.  No seriously, it doesn’t.  I have been watching the election results in the Massachusetts special election for Teddy Kennedy’s old seat.  Martha and the Democrats gambled, gambled on the Democratic vote and the votes of the people of Massachusetts simply being there.  And she ran a weak campaign.  Didn’t get out enough.  Said that Curt Schilling was a Yankee fan.  How the hell she comes out with that I have no Idea.  She waited until late in the campaign to pull out the heavy artillery, notably the President, waited until it was too late.    But it wasn’t just her gambling, It was a helluva campaign on the part of Scott Brown, excuse me Senator elect Brown from Massachusetts.  Wait…she said Schilling was a Yankee fan?…

    Jeez.  That’s nuts.  Seriously though, a hearty congratulations to Sen. elect Brown. 

    What can we take away from this particular election that might be useful for other candidates?  Republicans can win anywhere when they send out what they think of as mainstream candidates.  This guy two months ago was a non factor.  Last month she started to lose it and he started making it closer, but she must have not thought it was a big deal.   She should have done more earlier, to sit on her hands until the whole nation is looking waiting for her to do something, to watch and wait for your opponent to catch you like she did is just absurd.  

    Not to nitpick, but I for one think that the Dems would have done better had they gone with Mike Capuano, which would mean at least part of the fault would fall on the Democratic voters, and that is an obvious reality.  But it is not a fault of the voters, per se,  if the majority get what they want, that just means the Dems (who outnumber Republicans, but are themselves outnumbered by Independents) didn’t work hard enough. 

   It seems that she took the race too lightly, and that it hurts not just Massachusetts, but the entire Democratic Party, specifically the President.  Mrs. Coakley and her complacency helped the Republican party a great deal here.

   …Schilling a Yankee fan?  Srsly? 

     The democratic party, if this is any indicator, with some of the stories I am hearing, about the Blame game going on between Rahm Emanuel and Martha Coakley, is in some disarray.  If you want to keep your majority, get yourselves back in order and stop blaming each other for the ills of the party and get to the business of governing and planning for the future, and leave the blame game to the press and your political enemies. 

    Srsly…WTF… buy a clue.  Guaranteed that there will be more in this space about the failings of the Democratic party over the last 12 months.


     That’s about it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Via wikiquote:  No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice. … No nation’s security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations.

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Character in many ways is everything in leadership. It is made up of many things, but I would say character is really integrity. When you delegate something to a subordinate, for example, it is absolutely your responsibility, and he must understand this. You as a leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does. I once said, as a sort of wisecrack, that leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

Final edit 12:08 am 1/20/10


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