Last week had to be a little traumatic for poor Steve Shine and the Republicans. After all, he and his buddies felt so threatened by our Democratic convention that they sprang for $10,000 worth of air time to try to remind someone – not sure who – how awful the years of Democratic leadership had been.
The weak effort was cobbled together from news paper headlines, a few head shots, and funeral music. Of course, we had a good laugh at the hypocrisy of the entire situation – especially since the FSSA is still riddled with issues, Charlie White was convicted and removed from office, the Duke Energy scandal popped up, the Republicans “lost” a half billion dollars which had apparently decided to take a hiatus into cyberspace, and the Republicans couldn’t even figure out how to “figure out” what the counties had coming back to them.
But, the commercial wasn’t the only form of sour grapes spit out by the Republicans. A truck with a large sign paraded through the streets to remind everyone that this was “Republican Country.” The really sad thing is that Shine and his followers are so shallow that they just had to figure out some way to demonize this convention. Never mind that this convention was extremely good for Fort Wayne and brought in around $500,000 to our economy and led to greater exposure of northeastern Indiana, which often gets left sitting on the sidelines. Democrat, Republican, or independent, this is our City. Our visitors were very impressed with all the attractions and the amenities we have.
I suspect some of the sour grapes and childish activity was triggered by the impotency of Steve Shine and the Republicans to accomplish what was a major feat – bringing a state party convention to Fort Wayne for the first time in its history. After all, does anyone remember when the Republican convention was here. Anyone??