Over the past five years, I’ve done a lot of political and policy work in the Commonwealth, from organising the first-ever Tea Party rally, working on campaigns, testifying before the State House, running a ballot initiative, and serving on various Boards of Directors.
Every time I’m there, I see the same activists there in the trenches fighting for a better Commonwealth. There aren’t a lot of us out there, and we all get to know each other.
Since 2010, there has been a tall, amiable fixture in the door-knocking and donation circles: Charlie Baker. The guy is fifty years old and does the work that twenty-somethings often do, which is knocking on the doors of total strangers and asking them to vote for someone for state representative. Those “someones” are always fiscal conservatives and are often social conservatives. Baker has also donated extensively to conservative candidates. (See OCPF for full details.)
One pro-life delegate said that he supported Charlie for pro-life reasons: Baker has done more for the pro-life movement than Fisher has. Fisher proudly stated that he is pro-life (to the cheers in the delegates); however, as far as any of us know, he hasn’t done anything to advance the pro-life cause.
The same ideological division is echoed in delegates and conservative voters. I personally have zero patience with the keyboard jockeys whose only contribution to the cause is to bitch on Facebook and my blog about how they are going to get Charlie to lose. Aside from the fact that you don’t show strength by getting people to lose – you show it by winning – slactivism is just plain irritating. Go out and find a better candidate (who can get more than one-in-six conservative activists to support him or her), campaign for that person, spend your own time and money trying to get them to win, and then you can talk about what an awesome political animal you are.