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Across The Great Divide: GOP becoming the Party of Angry Pizza Men

Is the Grand Old Party (GOP) becoming the Pissed Off Party (POP)?

It certainly isn’t the Party of Business any more — at least, not in Minnesota.

Yesterday, I heard from a professional colleague who read my piece about the GOP’s attack on Tom Horner’s business connections.

He said: “It has been fascinating the number of business people, including some very large company CEOs, who have shared their observation with me in the last week that fewer people in business will ever run for public office when even the GOP party will attack a candidate’s business career.”

In the good old days, the GOP adopted the mantle of business. But if you looked closely at the policies it promoted, it wasn’t really working on behalf of businesses. It was working for their owners.

Not the same thing at all.

See, where I learned business, we cared about our customer relationships. The GOP fights consumer protections.

Where I learned business, being angry about things and calling other people names was a totally counter-productive way to operate. At the GOP, it’s becoming SOP.

Where I learned business, we recognized that employees who were decently paid, had affordable health coverage and were treated with dignity and respect were more productive, treated customers better, stayed with the company longer and were  ore willing to contribute to its success. The GOP fights most anything that relates to workplace safety, family leave, health care and minimum wage.

Where I learned business, we understood that community was a valuable source of information, referrals, customers and good employees. The GOP tends to view public investment in a community as a cost burden.

Impugning Horner and his business ethics is just the latest in a string of tone-deaf moves by the Republican brain trust.

In the last couple years, they have represented or failed  to understand how investments in stocks work, how audits are conducted and, in my recent piece, how clients have a say in what a consultant discloses about them. They’ve also had a few issues with bookkeeping, under then-treasurer and now-party chair Tony Sutton.

Sutton is a business person, but from a very different mold than Horner.

His chain food business is based on a low-cost, standardized product that can be replicated anywhere, with interchangeable customers. A successful chain appears superficially different, but is fundamentally the same as every other business in its niche.

Think Bud Lite Lime.

Sutton’s business model seems to translate to his vision for government. A cheap, limited menu that is easy to live without.

In Horner’s PR business, relationships with clients are very different from a Baja Sol, where the customer is basically a stomach with a wallet attached.

Yesterday, I implied that Sutton should know better. But maybe he doesn’t.

Maybe he and his party don’t get how business executives like Horner could bring some valuable skills and perspectives to government. And if my colleague is right, Sutton is helping to drive them away.

Soon, the Party of Business will be nothing more than the Party of Angry Pizza Men.

This post was written by Charlie Quimby and originally published on Across The Great Divide.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by John Jordan on 06/18/2010 - 03:40 pm.

    …and MinnPost is looking more and more like the confused shill for liberal politicians.

    Look at the home page right now and it’s full of liberal writers either shilling for DFL’ers or ripping on the GOP. I remember having Joel Kramer telling me this wouldn’t become a liberal website but would be “balanced”.

    I ask: Where is the balance? Why are there so many liberal writers and not one real conservative?

    Don’t diss me for asking (as I expect to see, if this gets published at all), it’s a fair, honest question that deserves an answer from the publisher.

    This place is nothing but an official extension of the DFL communications department.

  2. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 06/18/2010 - 06:11 pm.

    John, I find balance better here than other spots. I read Mr. Quimby, whom I know nothing about, speaking out, neither for left or right. He is speaking for the center, common sense, centrist view, independents. And it is refreshing to see. This goes to my entire address book. Thanks!

  3. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 06/18/2010 - 06:13 pm.

    I am a “card carrying” independent voter. We read MinnPost.

  4. Submitted by Bruce Anderson on 06/18/2010 - 10:20 pm.

    In November Minnesota voters will express what they think of Emmer and the petty MN GOP leadership.

  5. Submitted by Roy Everson on 06/20/2010 - 06:30 am.

    You want balance? Hey, I think Baja Sol is great! Good fresh ingredients, plenty of choices, friendly staff, generous with the chips and dips. Best fast food by a mile (outside of European kebab stands). I don’t know if Tony pays them anything, but that ain’t my business.

    Otherwise, Party of Angry White Men is right-on. What a disgusting bunch of narrow-minded, ignorant, anti-democratic losers they have become. Hope you enjoyed the balance.

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