We had a good time at the Peach Pundit BBQ Tour yesterday in Augusta. Well, most of us did. “Others”…apparently not so much.
Sconyers BBQ was great. My fear of SC style mustard sauce was unfounded. The sauces (properly served on the side) were all tasty, and they had an excellent spicy sauce that was a formidable match for my sinuses. Hash…it is good and worth a try. Theirs was much better than what I had previously tried in SC, and had a taste somewhat like Brunswick stew served over rice.
The interesting part of the day is that we had a room that was filled with partisans from both major parties. We had hard core progressive Democrats sitting down and breaking bread with TEA Party activist Republicans. Much like we strive to do here on our blog, we had folks take off their partisan hats for a couple of hours and try to find some common ground.
As I mentioned to a few folks yesterday who were also remarking about this too rare occurrence, it is a lot like a big family. I grew up in a large family and my extended family is truly huge. There were and are fights. But one thing we all knew growing up is that eventually we would all have to sit down at the same dinner table together. There would be conversation, as the TVs and radios were turned off (and we didn’t have any “smart” or even dumb phones and other such devices). We would have to talk. And knowing that we would have to do that every day, you would eventually would understand that issues would be left at the dining room door as we sat down and broke bread together as one family.
That’s what we did yesterday, and most people enjoyed it. Most. But 12th District GOP candidate John Stone is apparently not amused, as he has taken to Facebook and Twitter to show his displeasure that we didn’t create a captive audience for him to speak to.
From Facebook (posting on former PP Editor Erick Erickson’s timeline):
A most amazing display of the “New Bipartisanship” yesterday at the Peach Pundit Road Show in Augusta – John Barrow was given the floor for a full campaign speech, followed by a live blog interview and media interviews, while neither Republican House candidate was allowed to speak. Barrow’s remarks were stunningly centered on the need for bipartisanship! This was the perfect example of what Barrow, Pelosi, and Obama consider “working together” – Republicans silenced and caving in to the Democrat agenda.
Peach Pundit BBQ – Barrow gives a campaign speech and live blog while neither GOP House candidate allowed to speak. The new bipartisanship.
Funny (not really) thing about this Mr. Stone is that I’m not aware of your participation with Peach Pundit – ever. And yet, despite our posting of the format for these events (and having already completed two of them without allowing any other speakers to participate), you believe we should have amassed a captive audience for you to then be able to hijack for your own purposes.
We’ve been clear about the purpose of these events since they began. We took our time to drive to Augusta and spend 3 hours in a room with 50-60 people so that we could talk face to face, one on one, with the community that we have fostered here for the past 8 years or so.
You believe, somehow, without helping to build this community, that instead of giving you the opportunity to work this room with plenty of time to speak to everyone in attendance, it is somehow our responsibility to hold these folks captive so they would have to listen to you at an event that you didn’t sponsor. You didn’t contact (to my knowledge) anyone responsible for setting up event, and followed on your own assumption that because a crowd was gathered that you had the right to co-opt someone else’s efforts to serve your purposes. Instead of appreciating the opportunity to talk to the potential voters that were gathered, you left sulking that you weren’t given an opportunity to grandstand.
Republicans are quite good at articulating that we believe in Representative government. The people of the 12th Congressional district have chosen John Barrow (five times) to represent them in Congress. The expectation that you should be given equal footing just because you decided to show up demonstrates an arrogance that isn’t needed in Washington or any other seat of power.
I’m quite comfortable with Peach Pundit being unconventional. I’m also quite comfortable telling a candidate for office that didn’t inquire as to the format for an event and wasn’t invited to speak (before or during the event), that the tempter tantrum you’re throwing in social media makes you look like an ass.
Washington is full of asses. It is also, unfortunately, a bi-partisan problem.