Jerry Kassar’s foreign policy cred isn’t very widely recognized — but the analytic formula he applied to President Obama and events in Iraq does work on the local political whirlpools pulling down on his boss State Senator Martin Golden
“...What were their names ? Tell me, what were their names...”
The first part of Jerry Kassar’s column in the Home Reporter this week was devoted to pounding on the President for the catastrophic decline of everything related to U.S. interests in Iraq. Taken at face value, it is a fairly accurate though quite superficial critique of Obama’s policies and actions in Iraq over the last six years or so (See “Common Sense: Obama is ‘a sinking ship’” by Jerry Kassar, 6/24/14, Home Reporter/ Spectator [http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-obama-is-a-sinking-ship/article_f7dfa34c-fcc4-11e3-b1f4-0019bb2963f4.html]).
The second part of that column by Kassar, which mentioned Rick Perry and Rob Astorino’s appearance at some Conservative Party function, is a story for another day, especially this part: “Astorino takes the governor to task for the Start- Up zone program which he considers more of a highly advertised publicity vehicle than a true economic development program....” (Can you tell where that’s going to go ? Spoiler alert – it will be about Marty Golden ! But, as I said, that’s a story for another day.)
Clearly, as sinking ships go, Marty Golden plays more like the good old Reuben James when compared to Obama’s classically disastrous Titanic.
Like the U.S.S. Reuben James, Golden put himself into dangerous waters by getting into somebody else’s fight under less than ideal circumstances. At least the captain and crew of Reuben James were doing their duty and following orders patrolling in the North Atlantic prior to America’s formal entry into World War II; it is doubtful that Golden and his associates can make the same claim about their foolhardy entry into the re-election campaign of a beleaguered political ally, Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes.
Those who read this blog, or the NY Post or Daily News, know that former DA Hynes’ legal position seems to be eroding as fast as the Iraqi lines north and west of Baghdad. So, if the eroding military position of Iraqi forces means that Barack Obama is a “Sinking Ship,” wouldn’t the eroding legal situation in and around Hynes’ 2013 campaign mean Marty Golden is a “Sinking Ship” as well ?
In fact, Golden’s current and potential position vis a vis the 2013 Hynes Campaign is far worse than that of President Obama vis a vis the government in Iraq — Golden has no predecessor to blame for his problems; and more important, many of the key operatives of Hynes’ 2013 campaign are Golden’s key players as well. As the Kingston Trio’s great rendition of Woody Guthrie’s song about the good old Reuben James asked, “...Oh, tell me what were their names ? Tell me what were their names...” ( See “"The Sinking of the Reuben James" by The Kingston Trio, You Tube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7jBbCQwJ0g] with a video scrolling of the names of the officers and sailors lost on the U.S.S. Reuben James [DD-245]). All of the links and connections between Golden and Hynes have not yet been disclosed, but there certainly will be more disclosures of shared people and shared resources — "Tell me, what were their names ? What were their names..."
So far, we do know the names and/or descriptions of several of Golden’s operatives that were active in the Hynes’ 2013 campaign, the most notable ones being Larry Morrish, Jack Malone, Dennis Quirk, some members of Golden’s staff and executive members of the Southwest Brooklyn Conservative Club and the Brooklyn Conservative Party. The “best and brightest” of those oh so shiny Conservatives is the very same Jerry Kassar, Chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and State Senator Martin Golden’s chief of staff. Yes, that’s the same guy that wrote the column, “Common Sense: Obama is “a sinking ship.” Does anybody think he’ll be writing a column, “Common Sense: Golden is ‘a sinking ship’ ” any time soon ?