August 30, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Republican knives out for LePage

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@pressherald.com
Columnist

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Bummer, huh Guv? You shoot from the hip and the Republican minority in the Senate takes one in the backside.

The painful truth here, at least for you, is that it's no longer just those you like to call the "loyal opposition" who think your time in the Blaine House has become an unmitigated disaster.

It's a growing number of your own party members -- you know, the ones with brains -- who break into a cold sweat at the thought of you winning re-election next year and spending another four years spewing about all that is wrong with the state you're supposed to be leading. (Coming soon to the turnpike entrance in Kittery: "Welcome to Maine: We Stink at Everything.")

Those same Republicans look at the latest Public Policy Polling numbers showing Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud ahead of both you and independent Eliot Cutler and now wonder if a Republican gubernatorial primary might not be such a crazy idea, after all. ("Paging state Sen. Roger Katz ... your place on the ballot is waiting.")

What's that, Governor? You're going to blow up Public Policy Polling as soon as you've leveled the Press Herald?

Bombs away, Big Guy. But it won't change the fact that 60 percent of the respondents, including 30 percent of Republicans, now believe you cause Maine "national embarrassment." I'll bet you a lobster that number rises to 80 percent by next fall.

Say what? You gave all your lobster away last week to the 49 other governors around the country? I heard about that too -- and how New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan promptly forwarded hers to the hungry masses at a soup kitchen in Concord.

(Look at the bright side, sir. At least you can claim you now have irrefutable proof that Maine's tax dollars are being used to provide free lobster to welfare recipients. Your base will eat it up!)

Speaking of seafood, let me close with a little snapshot from my trip to South Korea.

One evening, I had the opportunity to visit a place where you pick out an assortment of live fish still swimming in tanks just a few feet from where the fishing boats dock. Then you go upstairs and, within minutes, they serve you your selections raw on a platter.

All I can say is thank God for that hot wasabi paste.

A short time later, I came across another old Korean proverb -- and here's where I thought of you. It goes: "A fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut."

I know, Governor, you can no sooner keep your mouth shut than persuade all those restive Republicans to put away their daggers and keep defending you from your own endlessly moving lips.

So go ahead, Big Guy, keep yapping.

The closer we get to November of 2014, the more you're starting to look like sushi.

 

Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at:

bnemitz@pressherald.com

 

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