Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The unfortunate realities of politics

I spent a portion of my afternoon with Dan Meuser. I have considered Dan a friend for nigh on twenty years. That had literally no bearing on my support for him in the 10TH primary. Had his principles and morals been diametrically opposed to my own, I would've buried him in my blog. The fact is, I have always respected Dan and after today, I respect him even more. He is a man of unquestionable honor that chose the high road in a nasty campaign and was punished for it. I directly asked him why he didn't use the dirt that those of us in the know, know about Hackett. His response; " You know I'm not that kind of guy". By God, that is what I want in my Congressman. The 10TH had the opportunity to have an honorable man represent them and we blew it!!!! Many of you voters in the 10Th listened to an unmitigated load of bullshit from Hackett's hatchet men and voted for the wrong man. If any of you think I write this piece out of bitterness, you are wrong. Dan would've been the kind of leader we need in the 10TH. He would not have been some left coast liberal's lapdog like Carney. Hackett changes his opinions depending on who he is speaking to. Sadly, he is the only Republican running. Granted, he won the primary. The how he won it is what sticks in my craw. Chris, you did an incredible amount of damage to my party with your campaign. Yes, I said my party. I don't believe you are a true Republican. I know you are not a true conservative. I've known you for quite a while. I have written that the party needs to mend the fences and get behind you in the general election. I think I may have been wrong.

The Meuser family has made a huge investment in our area. They offer real living wage jobs and opportunity to make a very comfortable income. They do not play favorites based on familial connections. They promote based on merit. They are an honorable family that has done much for the valley. They did not deserve to be called criminals. They did not deserve to be called liars or murderers. For the lies that Hackett's hatchets told, we should shun them. We should not do business with them. We should treat them like the scoundrels they are. They are less than scum. They are smegma. I call on my fellow business people to show our distaste for his campaign's behavior. Rant over.

To Kar; I was wrong and am sorry.
To Gort; Thank you for the friendship and intelligent discourse.
To Rightwinger; It's been 41.5 years that we know each other, hasn't it? Let's play golf.
To my loyal readers; Sorry I didn't coin any new nouns or verbs. This one meant a lot to me.
To Dan Meuser; You, Rightwinger, Kar, and Gort42 should play golf. I hope you invite me.

8 comments:

kar said...

Zen,

My goal after the election was to persuede people to not vote for Hackett, not out of bitterness but out of a sense of decency.

I told myself that if I could sway even 1 person to reject Hackett I'd consider myself successful.

I'm not taking credit for you coming to the same conclusion as me, but I hope I had a small part in it.

You described the Dan Meuser I know, like & respect very well. We are the real losers in this, we lost, as least temporarilly, the opportunity to be represented by a truly extrordinary individual.

Let's see what we can do together, welcome home, glad you abandoned the dark side.

I like golf, and am always available.


Why don't you "guest post" this at Gort.


kevin

Zen said...

It took me a while to realize that Hackett will not be able to repair the rift his campaign created. I've never been on the dark side. I do sincerely believe that now is the time to unseat Carney. Unfortunately, Hackett's hatchetmen have alienated far too many voters. His outlandish accusations and outright lies reveal more about the real Chris Hackett than can be described in print. What would be best for the party is to unseat Carney. What I think will happen is a poor voter turnout for Hackett. Many, like yourself, will simply not vote for him. This gives the seat to Pelosi, I mean Carney.

Zen said...

As for guest posting on Gort. That's not up to me.

Gort said...

Say the word and I'll post it. As to golf, the 19th is my best hole.

Zen said...

In the words of Captain Kirk; The word is given.

Dan said...

Lou Barletta endorsing Meuser probably didn't help him out any, either. Considering Barletta was in favor of Meuser, I'm actually relieved that he lost.

Also, considering Hacket is going up against an incumbent, perhaps his tactics, questionable as they may be, will be an advantage for him. If Meuser tries to run again in the future, hopefully he'll realize that sometimes you have to fight nasty with nasty.

Because otherwise, he'll just loose again. Especially if Barletta endorses him again.

Anonymous said...

Old School R says;

Zen , thank you... you have summed up my feelings about this race..
I started out not knowing the Meusers very well.. In fact , I was a Hackett fan in April 07. I became a Meuser fan in May. Not much of a honeymoon. After intervirwing Dan , I became a believer..

So, I started out not knowing him well and I ended with an immense amount of respect for Dan, his brother Scott, Pride and the many families that work there. These are solid people. We are lucky to have them in our community.

I recently threw Chris Hackett's company out the door of our business. I think that more of us should do that. I don't want to do business with dishonest people. He went way over the line in so many ways. He proved to me that he cannot be trusted.

Yes, Chris damaged our party in a huge way. Our party got in the way of his goals. His lies caused deep divides. He showed us that he doesn't care about anything but himself.

Yes , those of us who know Hackett are aware of a hell of a lot more dirt that never came out .. Dan knew it all... he was above it.. Maybe that cost him the election.. but .. he still has his integrity..

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WHAT I LEARNED IN THE 08 PRIMARY;

Dan Meuser is a man of honor

Chris Hatchet / Maderia / Club for Growth are scum of the earth. They showed the world that the sewer is their playground.

Chris Hackett is a habitual liar who will say anything to anyone to get what he wants.. Ask WB Chamber Board members about that. You might find that he didn't learn to lie in this election cycle.

Little things speak volumes about a person. In Chris Hacketts "green garage" parked next to his Toyota Prius is a 12cyl 750 BMW.

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The person that suggested we "write in" Dan in the general election deserves kudos. Great idea

I look forward to watching Hackett toss another million into the toilet and lose. He earned it . He deserves it....

Zen , thank you for your to insightful commentary. Thanks KAR for having the guts and the brains to fight the disgusting blog of the nasty's that make up Team Hatchet

Soon they will read this and throw more mud at me and my brother.. oh well...

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people who echo the observations of the hatchet bunch as bottom feeders! They will enjoy the write in votes that will be cast for Dan Meuser I am certain! Meuser is one of the finest men I have ever known! He is a real Republican with a true goodness that is rare to find!