What the hell is an “Independent Republican?”

Michael Sullivan is showing us a thing or two about “positioning” in politics. As the most conservative and partisan Republican in the race, it’s not easy to lay the ground work for a plausible general election campaign in bright blue Massachusetts. What’s a hard line right winger to do?

If he’s Michael Sullivan, he calls the least partisan Republican in the Race an “Obama Republican” in the hope of making him appear too liberal, not because he’s worried about Gabe Gomez’s already floundering campaign, but rather to help him create his own more viable general election image. In the same ad in which he slimes Gomez with transparently out of context accusations of having claimed to be an “Obama supporter,” Sullivan unveils his new “brand.” He is the “independent Republican” in the race. Who knew!?!

You see, Gomez’s letter to the Guv was his confession to being a secret agent for the other side and Dan Winslow’s more “independent” minded policy positions are actually evidence of him being a liberal toady as well. Sullivan is trying to redefine the meaning of the term “independent.” It’s not going to work, but you have to give him credit for giving it the old college try.

About Jerold Duquette

Jerold Duquette is an associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust and has published articles and book chapters on campaign finance reform, political parties, Massachusetts politics and political culture, public opinion, and political socialization. Professor Duquette lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and four children.
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2 Responses to What the hell is an “Independent Republican?”

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  2. John J. Fitzgerald says:

    Hello Jerold,

    I enjoy your commentary on our Republican brethren. It is fascinating to watch a Massachusetts Republican lurch from left to right and forward to backward in order to win the GOP nomination and then to try to get elected in the final election.

    I think Gomez will be the nominee.

    His is the classic Republican story. A “Horatio Alger” rise to the top without resorting to welfare or any Great Society programs. (The Pentagon does not count!) Gomez is also wealthy which is nice because he shows that “anybody” can make it in America, if you just work hard enough. (Let’s not talk about luck or chance or any thing that interferes with destiny and fate!) He is also proof of the great opportunities in American life. (We will not discuss any of the folks who failed to make it to millionaire status, because after all, they only have themselves to blame.

    In short I think Gomez will win the nomination because he fits the image that the GOP wants to propagate about how to find success in America. He is mythical and the GOP believes in mythology.

    How many Irish voters does Sullivan think he will attract? Won’t most of them be over in the Democratic tent sifting through the claims of Markey and Lynch?

    I predict Gomez versus Markey.

    To the polls ye sons of freedom!


    John J. Fitzgerald

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