Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Running With The Renegades

In 2008, the buzzword in GOP politics: “Maverick.” Now, in Maryland in 2010, the new buzzword of choice is “Renegade.”

What’s the difference, you ask?

Well, in the 2008 political sense, “maverick” implies a willingness to buck party positions on issues with which one disagrees. I suppose “renegade” could imply that, too, in certain instances.

But, in the wake of the 2010 election in Maryland, “renegade” most directly refers to two phenomena:

1) A hard-headed willingness to speak the truth in the face of pressure to repeat sanctioned party or candidate-specific orthodoxy or messaging one knows to be wrong; and

2) Challenging flawed, tired, or moribund establishment candidates at the ballot box, regardless of the consequences.

I suppose this blog qualifies under the first definition. I was very critical of some of the strategic missteps taken by my fellow Republicans – especially those in Team Ehrlich – during the recent election. This certainly earned me no friends among them. But, it did attract many private expressions of support and agreement by independent-minded politicos on both sides of the aisle. And, as most of my prognostications proved more accurate than those who blindly regurgitated the pro-party or pro-candidate position, I feel vindicated.

As for the second definition, many candidates across the state challenged entrenched GOP candidates in primaries, winning both the GOP nomination and ultimately the office itself.

For these reasons, a bunch of us will be celebrating the rising renegade movement in Maryland GOP politics by hosting a “Renegades Room” at the state Republican convention on the evening of December 10, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. Libations and light fare will be served.

I do not want to get into who will necessarily be visiting the Renegade Room, as we are still in the process of planning logistics. But, it will definitely be people who fit either or both of the above definitions.

We have reserved a suite, although we don’t have a room number yet. But, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find us. And, I will post the room number on this blog the day of the event. On the day of the event, I will also  post regular Facebook and Twitter updates.

Also, please keep in mind that the organizers of the event reserve the right to control access to the room. In other words, legitimate renegades are welcome, but those who foment trouble simply for self-serving reasons are not.

Advocating for and celebrating the need to do things differently isn’t a sign of disloyalty. It is the necessary first step in restoring the state GOP to electoral viability. So, if you are frustrated with the status quo, want to unshackle from the past, and are eager to move in a new direction, please visit us.

To paraphrase Karl Marx (not something I do very often): Free-thinking Republicans of Maryland, unite. You having nothing to lose but your permanent minority status.

1 comment:

  1. "You having nothing to lose but your permanent minority status."

    When you have nothing, there's not much to lose by risking it all. It's time for real change.