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Sunday, July 26, 2020

ROSE(IE) GARDEN STRATEGY

In 1979, when challenged by Senator Ted Kennedy from the left of his party, James Earl Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States, adopted what was known as the "Rose Garden" Strategy. Carter didn't go on the campaign trail in the primaries. He stayed in the White House, acted presidential, held events in the Rose Garden covered by the media, and looked busy and presidential to potential voters in primary states. Carter beat back Kennedy's challenge in the primaries but lost the general election to Ronald Wilson Reagan, who famously, in one debate, delivered the death blow to Carter's chances by saying "There you go again" before responding in full. Game. Set. Presidency.

This past week there was an FACDL Candidates forum. We wondered in a previous post if one candidate in particular would entertain everyone will a few stanzas of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" ?
That candidate for circuit court was Rosy Aponte, and she was a NO SHOW at the FACDL forum.

Aponte has shown, to her credit, a deft hand at using the political gambits of better known politicians. When challenged about ethnicity and her use of a rather unpopular offensive term of "colored people" at a candidate event sponsored by an African-American Bar association (we know, we still cannot believe she said it there of all places) Aponte played what we called the Elizabeth Warren gambit by claiming Indian ancestry (she was not sophisticated or caring enough to use the term "Native American").

Now Aponte has adopted the Carter Rose Garden strategy by avoiding candidate forums. Call it Rosie Garden.  Maybe she had other plans this past week. Cooking for the coloreds at Camillus House comes to mind.

And maybe Aponte just realized, based on past performances,  that when she opens her mouth nothing good for her campaign happens. Which means the astute candidate learns to keep their mouth shut. Give her credit for learning. But we are left with this thought: If you cannot handle yourself in a candidate forum, how in the world are you going to handle a courtroom full of aggressive lawyers and litigants? 

Not every judge can hide in probate (apologies to the robed probate readers for that- but as we understand it, there are no trials and most decisions turn on the rule against perpetuities and interpreting cases like In Re: Cox's Estate "Cox died intestate and his executrix challenges the distribution of the pregnant sow whose value was not sufficiently determined..." ). 

In any event Judge Tunis appears to have the forums to herself. Rosie is in her garden.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

She also ghosted the League of Prosecutors this past Thursday. Have no fear my friends because the Gwen S Cherry Black Women Lawyers forum is this week and Rosy should feel right at home there.

Anonymous said...

I still am voting for Rosie the idiot.

Anonymous said...

Dava Tunis has been such a good judge for so long. When so many other incumbents ought to be challenged for a variety of reasons too numerous to list here, why did Aponte pick Tunis? Can't be identity politics b/c that's a thing of the past - right?

Anonymous said...

Easy Big E supporting Tunis albeit from Penobscot Isle, Maine. still--- game over.

the trialmaster said...

Aponte has taken the strategy of being quiet so people will think you are a fool, rather than open your mouth and have people know your a fool. But in the Wilkie Bar matter she showed clearly what a complete moron she is. I am amazed she passed the Bar exam. I wonder how many times she had to take it. She is the front for a disbarred NY advertising lawyer, subject of bar complaints according the Miami Herald and has never tried a jury trial, barred from Bankruptcy court for incompetent performance.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rump. Carter had his own "there you go again . . ." quip against the Chappaquidic kid. Trying to change his image as a staid, religious Southerner, Carter was asked his take on an upcoming primary. His response helped him topple Kennedy: "I'll whip his ass." Was the front page screamer ln the next day's New York Post.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Judge Tunis was there to show that she doesn't always sneer at lawyers. Your partisan support of a judge who has no regard for anyone in her courtroom does flatter your narcissism, though. If you like her, she must be great. She is a terrible judge, and hopeful Rosie will end her career before she can ruin any more lives.

Anonymous said...

Rosie could get more votes helping bag groceries for little abuelitas in Hialeah than she could at twenty candidate forums. Of course she isnt going.

Tunis has no one to blame but herself if she loses. And I hope she does.

Anonymous said...

For the crew that is voting for Aponte regardless of her qualifications. https://www.discourse.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Water_A_Lista__Docket_No._551.pdf

Anonymous said...

I couldn't get to the mail fast enough to send in my ballot. Voting against Tunis and Rebull felt sooo good. I've told everyone I know to vote against them. Can't wait to vote against Trump!!!

Anonymous said...

8:22AM

Sorry, reading that transcript did NOT change my mind one bit!