Friday, January 11, 2008

Coughlin v Arshinkoff, The Seeds of Conspiracy

In an earlier post, I compared this battle to one of the old struggles for control of the old Soviet Central Committee. It’s still on track for that to come through, but before that happens, we’ll see more of this WWF trash talk. Sooner or later, someone is going to get hit over the head with a folding metal chair. I can just feel it.

Given the small scope of what’s at stake – control of a minority party in a one party town – it’s no surprise that pettiness, vindictiveness, wild accusations, and vulgar behavior are all on the rise.

Mr. Arshinkoff believes that the law firm of Roetzel & Andress (in particular Wayne Jones and Pete Kostoff) is conspiring to seize complete control of Summit County, and banish him into the wilderness. No word yet on whether he’s seen a UFO while partying with Shirley Mclaine.

However, the conspiracy theory (like most conspiracy theories) has a certain amount of plausibility to it – after all, what could the Democrats like more than Republican fratricide?

However, we’re going to get the fratricide part either way. Kevin Coughlin has too many supporters, and Arshinkoff’s record over the last several years simply hasn’t been very good. Arshinkoff, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go.

Update: Pho’s take here.