Having lost a confidence vote and been removed as RPV chair on Saturday, the WaPo reports some items that shows that Frederick is lacking in clues and/or character.
The need of a clue is found when he says he will run again in May because:
“I’m very concerned about the party’s ability to win in the fall,” Frederick said. “The current track we are on will not provide the results that we need.”
The current track the Va GOP is on is very much the result of the water running down a trench he dug. While you may not be able to lay the whole 2008 debacle at his feet, he was in the control room landing-and sometimes crashing-candidacies. If he wants the party on a different track, he should acknowledge that maybe a different driver is needed.
As far as character goes, the article gives another view of Frederick’s ego at play, where possibilities beyond running for chairman comes up:
Frederick would not comment on whether he is considering an alternative post, such as a third-party bid for governor or other elected office.
Jeff, thy name is delusion. Third party run for governor? A man truly outraged about being evicted as chairman would make it clear he wants back what was his. Instead, Jeff is more concerned with keeping all his options open.
What remains to be seen is if Brother Frederick follows the example of past politicos. If he is, then he will realize that victory is more important than personal glory and that revenge is a dish best served cold.
Of course, this would require reading something beyond his own resume and press releases, but let me offer the Cliff Notes version of what Jeff can learn from LBJ and from Thomas Dewey.
When LBJ was in college at San Marcos College, he was blackballed from an exclusive fraternity-like organization called the “Black Stars”. He created the White Stars group as an opposition vehicle in campus elections. During one election, after the Black Stars attacked him because they thought he was the White Star candidate, LBJ pulled and put up a different candidate who was able to avoid attack and won the election.
If this is really about ideology, then Frederick needs to get behind someone with whom he is ideologically sympatico and push that candidate-because victory is more important than individual glory.
Meanwhile, there is the matter of revenge. In 1952 the Robert Taft campaign in a last second effort to derail Dwight Eisenhower sent then Congressman Everett Dirkson to the lectern to attack Eisenhower as the pawn of Thomas Dewey (unsuccessful GOP candidate in 1944 and 1948), saying Dewey led them to defeat before and to keep him from doing it again. This lead to a howling demonstration around Dewey, who remained unflustered and held his ground. Four years later, as the party gathered to nominate Eisenhower for reelection, Dirksen rose to give a speech…and Dewey made it a point to walk out on him, making a point that eluded no one.
The point? Dewey knew how to make a point-Frederick only seems to know how to make a headline. If he is serious about running again he should shut up and get about the business of running and not serving as his own PR agent.
Some reading this might think I am silly to offer helpful advice to someone who I think should be out as GOP chair. But all is well, because for Jeff to get the benefit of my advice he would not only have to read my blog but he would have to be willing to listen to others…
…and we all know that ain’t going to happen.