Monday, December 24, 2007

"Sic Transit Gloira, Rep. Coaty" of Newport

*UPDATE** I'm giving you Projo's Achorn's account. It's slightly different, but follows the same "caveat" line. With Achorn you always have to be prepared for the crisis mood theme. "Democrats" is used 10 times, "special interest" & "union"- 4x; "taxes" is used 5, & "Republican"- 5x. "They" or "them," you know, the ones out to get us, is used 10x. Chunking (assosciation) is what it's called along with building negative connotations.

Joe Baker in today's Newport Daily News "Impolitically Correct" column, "Coaty Has Lots to Prove in Little Time," explains the Coaty win over Cicilline in Newport about as well (and succinctly) as I've heard or read. He also speculates on the meaning of this election in the greater context of the Lege election which will take place next year. In it he provides a friendly caveat to new Rep. - Mr. Coaty.

While the majority of the Newport electorate in a 19% turnout seemed to be pointing the finger at the Lege for economic woes, this may not hold come next Nov. They may well decide the finger should be pointed at the Guv (or elsewhere) who in most past budget negotiations with the Lege, often brooks no compromise- and politics is ALL about compromise. A 12% voter endorsement in Newport ain't much. Rep. Coaty has his work cut out for him (a one year term) & won't find an especially encouraging atmosphere with current Lege leadership. That's one reason why in the past few years the Rep. Party has seen exoduses from the Lege & has yet to establish any real presence there or in the State as a whole.

You may well point your finger at the Lege for $ woes & get away with it now, but the budget is the Guv's job. The Lege is only a part-time group which approves a budget making only some modifications. And as I recall it's been awhile since the Guv actually handed in a balanced one which didn't contain a substantial amount of if's, and's, and but's.

This historical background comes from
"Sic Transit Gloria" is Latin for "Glory Fades." During the Roman Empire, when a general returned to Rome after a successful campaign, he would be welcomed with a huge parade; he would then show off all the foreign treasure he had captured, as well as slaves and exotic animals. He would ride in a chariot leading the way. He would be greeted with tens of thousands of Roman citizens praising him, and showering him with gifts. The emperors, who resided in Rome, usually became afraid that the General would attempt a coup, so he would have one of his servants ride in the Chariot with the general and whisper in his ear throughout the ceremony, "Sic Transit Gloria" (Glory fades, or all glory is fleeting) to remind the general that his popularity would not last, so he shouldn't become arrogant over his success.
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