A poignant email (no link) from Red Mass Group, the surreality-based blog that its founders named after us, with our blessings (see historic email/2001 obelisk in Patrick’s comment below), and which is one of a surprisingly large number of color-of-Mass groups (for example, Green Mass Group). The website reached its high point after the Senate election of Scott Brown, now working as a diet pill salesperson — when it was briefly renamed The People’s Blog — and has subsequently fallen on hard times: infrequent posts, fewer comments, and the spam which, like forest fungus, encroaches on untended blogs:
I am pleased to announce that late last year, ownership of RMG was transferred from longtime Editor Rob Eno to an ownership group led by me, Republican State Committeeman Steve Aylward. I want to thank Rob for his many years of hard work helping to keep Massachusetts Republican and conservative politics in the forefront. As the new Editor, I hope to continue that tradition.
The reasons I purchased the blog are many, but most important is my strong opinion that grassroots conservative Republicans need a voice to express their ideas and their concern in a media where it can be viewed by the public, news agencies and politicians alike. Without RMG, the most convenient and pervasive medium for conservative comment and opinion would be lost forever. And in a world where absurd liberal notions ranging from never-ending minimum wage increases to transgender bathrooms to legalized marijuana seem to be forever in the news, RMG becomes more important than ever. Without RMG we as common sense conservatives lose our voice, perhaps our only voice.
A hearty congratulations on Rob as he advances to the next stage of his career. You can follow his adventures at RobEno.com. Long may he prosper. He deserves especially sustained applause for getting Aylward and his group, apparently, to pay him for RMG. Lets hope it was a big enough number to keep him in Moxie for the rest of his life.
As to the new owners, they appear to be hewing closely to the state GOP’s socially oppressive and fiscally perverse platform: a key reason Republicans can’t get the educated and progressive population of Massachusetts to vote them into the legislature. First, according to Aylward, they want to keep the minimum wage low, which forces all of us to subsidize corporations that don’t pay enough to keep their employees off welfare. A higher minimum wage allows people to come closer to a living wage for their work, cuts welfare expenses, and builds prosperity. Second, they oppose transgender bathrooms, an issue that affects almost no one. In fact, their #2 priority reveals more about the insecurities and political opportunism of Republicans as they struggle, respectively, to keep up with a changing society and look for vulnerable groups to isolate and attack than anything else. Third, they oppose legalization of marijuana, which would increase personal freedom, boost tax revenues, cut law enforcement expenses, and create jobs.
Its management may be changing, but it appears that “the most convenient and pervasive medium for conservative comment and opinion” will remain as surreality based as ever.