Brandon's "Night of the Long Knives!"
Late this morning we received a chummy email from Kevin Blier, brimming with what we've come to know well as his brand of Christian congeniality. He'd even indicated that he intended to "continue to enjoy the insights" of our simple blog. Sadly, that camaraderie has been short-lived. His recent stunning loss at the polls has apparently weighed heavy on his mind and so a scape-goat he must find. Within hours he sent us this new and, should we say, much more paranoid message:
"Blierwatch editor:Contrary to Kevin's seeming belief, this blog has had no contact with any voter in Brandon. We would like to hear more about this so-called "whisper smear campaign." Details, Kevin? Vermonters want to know.
I have to say, I appreciate all the help in “spreading the word” around Brandon. You managed to orchestrate quite a last-minute whisper smear campaign that helped the liberals in town organize.
What took you so long to incite such vitriol and hatred? I mean, one of Brandon’s most prominent liberals, Warren Kimble, had my business card for three months. It took the left-wing cabal three months to get its act together? But, I’ve got to hand it to you, for a group so insistent on calling others “hateful”, you do a pretty good job of stirring up the worst in people, as evidenced yesterday at the polls.
Cowards like you probably sleep okay at night, even when your intimidation tactics mirror the very same things you profess to despise. You should read Mein Kampf, as most learned historians are required to as undergraduates. It’s amazing what self-hatred will drive people to. You may learn a lot about yourself before you get the chance to silence your opponents permanently.
You seem to be well on your way to adopting all the tactics to find a “final solution” for conservatives like me, starting with the “Night of Long Knives” that I faced at the Brandon polls yesterday, right into your website to intimidate me into silence. Such hatred must be hard to manage. I hope you can control it!
Kevin W. Blier, Director
Center for American Cultural Renewal & Vermont Renewal
P.O. Box 1566, Rutland, VT 05701
Also, just about 24 hours before he had sent us his email, he'd written this at 802online:
"Infusing the Nazi comparisons is not only passe, but it actually shows that you bring nothing to the table making a plausible, rational argument for your position."All in all, quite a day for Kevin: lose an election; lash out at the voters; and manage a little flip-floppery to boot!
Today's exchange reminds us of another that we learned about while researching Kevin Blier and his group. It seems that when Kevin was in the early stages of pimping for a Republican US Senate primary candidate, he'd decided that email flaming a Seven Days reporter, Peter Freyne, would be a clever thing to do. Kevin indicated that the reporter would be out in the cold and have no access to the candidate in the future. Given the candidate's by now well-known aversion to press in general, Freyne would seem to be in the same boat as every other reporter in the state, Kevin's spin notwithstanding. Hopefully, Seven Days will get around to restoring their archive access - those emails were priceless!
In the meantime, Kevin, keep sending us those emails!
What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."