Monday, June 11, 2007

Rising Ashes

Tucson, Arizona. Additional options exist for those with wealthy and influential parents. Bruce Ash, son of Paul Ash, inheriting his father’s successful real estate company known as Paul Ash Management and its revenues, is in the position to move and shake.

Standing firmly on pop’s well prepared turf, Bruce is stepping up to a plate that needs a good batter. JFK, RFK, FDR, and many others had the privilege of being born into well positioned slots. If I recall correctly, Al Gore’s dad didn’t exactly flip burgers. How many of the successful had well paved paths? Think Disney’s “Lion King” where the wise and gifted father prepares the son. It’s optimal if done well.

FDR and JFK present examples of the affluent handed the world on a plate. Once handed the world, however, one has to do something. There is JFK, and there’s the garbage that clubbed a 15 year old girl to death. There is Caesar, and there is Caligula. Personally, I prefer the rags to riches Abraham Lincoln model featuring poverty, struggle, failure, huge risk, huge achievement, loss, suffering, blood, victory, and assassination. It hits a little closer to home, and I admire few as I admire Lincoln.

Being born on a greased slide to success does not destroy character, but it does change how the character must be crafted. The admirable born into wealth and privilege feel an obligation, a spiritual duty, to make the world a better place. Some rise to the occasion and others just gorge themselves. Credit must be given where it is due, but no one born into wealth and privilege, no one, can garner the eye wetting admiration I feel for Abraham Lincoln.

Nah. Just kidding. No doubt W earned everything he has. He’d be where he is and have what he has even if the son of a Terre Haute dishwasher.

On a particular level in a different conversation, W indeed has earned what he has.

Bruce Ash, as mentioned by several blogs, is now the Republican Committeeman, shown here with GOP Chairman Pullen. The 2008 election is not going to throw easy pitches.

Game on.


Blogger Framer said...

Bruce Ash is a good man, but best of all, he is a good man with a better plan. And as to your previous post, you are darn right that Democrats underestimated Randy Pullen.

In both, we have turned around much of the leadership issues that cost us big in 2006. I realize that Pullen was the Committeeman previously, but I'll wager that the input and the significance of the position will grow under Ash.

Much of the problem was that the previous leadership was unable to adapt quickly to changing environments, and was often caught flatfooted by events. Some of that had to do with their over involvement in the national delegation, which left them with too many masters and needed sign off before acting. Consequently, this also left them at the mercy of the congressional delegation donors, which though lucrative, atrophied other sources of income and feedback. That has certainly NOT proven to be the case with Pullen.

The scale was going to tip back eventually, as it always does, as you all found out after Clinton. It is just a question of how many losing cycles you have to endure before you finally get it right. The only major worry I had was fund raising, especially right off the bat. Pullen has outdone my initial expectations for him, and with Bruce on board things should pick up nicely.

I am actually confident that we are a cycle of two ahead of where we otherwise could have been. I don't think that the previous leadership was comprised of bad people, or even incompetent people, it's just that the environment had changed, and the game had changed. I feel that we did a great job retooling on the fly and it will be evident next cycle. Things should be really solid for 2010 when the next governor's race commences.

Consequently, the lack of a sizable Democratic delegation has previously led to them being a little more lean and hungry and able to experiment and "throw caution into the wind." Now that Democrats have to defend their gains, the Democratic gameplan will need to change to more "conservative" play calls. It will be interesting to see if the Democratic leadership is cut out for that, especially with the Governor not on the ballot this time around.

6/11/2007 8:28 PM  
Anonymous joseph said...

I don't know local GOP politics at all, but what x4mr and Framer have said makes sense. I have to say, x4mr, I cannot figure your out. This post was kinda weird.

You seem to have dropped Iraq temporarily. I assume this is a brief pause. When it starts to get big with a real election coming up, Iraq is the topic.

That is bad for the GOP. Iraq is the GOP's war, and they are never going to get anyone to think different. Corruption is also big. Over half the Senate voted against AG today. They didn't get enough, but the fact that they are trying is damning.

The GOP has given the Democrats an arsenal of material for 2008.

It's very late, so I am tired, and I had a few beers. Are you into linguistics? You create words, especially around Giffords.

Giffophile? Giffophobe? By the way, no one has really commented, but your thing about stupid and funny was really funnty.

The cat in that pan. God!!

6/11/2007 11:49 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...

x4mr is smarter than you think, Joe.

He operates on multiple levels. There is more going on. For example, note that Ashes is plural, and he refers to spiritual matters.

What is Ash's religion? Can you think of anyone else rising?

Someone perhaps born into wealth and privilege?

Abraham Lincoln is an interesting counter-example, and you do realize Lincoln is the founder of the republican party.

x4mr, this thing in July had better be good.

6/12/2007 12:39 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...

I'm sorry, I forgot to add that if you want a real weird one, find where he stratified consciousness or knowledge or something like that.

He did it in three dimensions.

I think it's when he drinks.

6/12/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Skip the analysis doc, and just let people read for themselves.

If they want your dissection of the content, they will ask for it.

They won't.

6/12/2007 9:40 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...


Forget it. If you don't want it analyzed, commented on, dissected and reflected, don't post it.

Uh-oh, am I starting to sound like you?


6/13/2007 7:55 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Ha! Ha!

Touche, doctor. If you do start sounding like me, you have cause for fear.

6/14/2007 2:46 PM  

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