Ted Frier

Ted Frier
Location
Boston,
Birthday
April 02
Title
Speechwriter
Bio
Ted Frier is an author and former political reporter turned speechwriter who at one time served as communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, helping Bill Weld become the first Bay State Republican in a generation to be elected Governor. He was Chief Speechwriter for Republican Governor Paul Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift. Ted is also the author of the hardly-read 1992 history "Time for a Change: The Return of the Republican Party in Massachusetts." So, why the current hostility to the Republican Party and what passes for conservatism today? The Republican Party was once a national governing party that looked out for the interests of the nation as a whole. Now it is the wholly-owned subsidiary of self interest. Conservatism once sought national unity to promote social peace and harmony. Now conservatism has devolved into a right wing mutation that uses divide and conquer tactics to promote the solidarity of certain social sub-groups united against the larger society while preserving the privileges of a few.

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When Hostess swirled its last cupcake and packed its last cream-filled Twinkie, conservatives like George F. Will were quick to scold striking workers for not swallowing a 50% wage cut and surrendering to the reality that "market forces will have their way."

And when Bain Capital bought and then out… Read full post »

Conservatives always need their dragons to slay. And so, to fully appreciate the furor which has erupted on the Right over the tragic deaths of four Americans at that remote consulate in Benghazi on September 11th it is necessary to recall the right wing outrage four years ago when the Obama… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 12:16PM

Angry Republicans Shout Out Rebel Yell

At least when disconsolate Democrats lose an election they have the good manners to leave the country. When Republicans lose, on the other hand, they arrogantly think they're entitled to take the country with them.

Now that President Obama has defied Fox News' predictions and won a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 10:19AM

Two Views of the Republican Party's Future

If Republicans are ever going to be a national governing party again they will need people like James A. Peyser in their corner.

In Sunday's Boston Globe, the one-time education adviser to three Massachusetts Republican governors says it is not enough for moderate Republicans like Scott Brown (and e… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2012 9:33AM

GOP a Dying White Men's Party

The rush to buy Canadian real estate after an American presidential election is how the devastated supporters of the losing side commonly begin their five stages of grief.

But in 2012, Republicans got an early start on denial as even experienced conservative pros like George F. Will were… Read full post »

The hidden winner in last night's historic election may be Republican House Speaker John Boehner whose home state of Ohio put President Barack Obama over the top for a second term.

If Boehner plays his cards right he may be able to reprieve the role made famous by Democratic Speaker… Read full post »

All you really need to know about the state of American politics today is that President Obama has been pilloried by Republicans for the past four years as a wild-eyed radical because he is a staunch defender of the status quo.

In a sane world such continuity would mark Barack… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 9:47AM

Romney, Bain Create Own 47% "Victims"

Here's the 47% Question: If the hedge fund founded by the Republican candidate for president buys a company in a small Midwestern town and then sends all its jobs to China, do those workers thereby become the "victims" Mitt Romney had in mind when he dismissed those who "do not take… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 8:46PM

Climate Change No Laughing Matter

Some men fiddle while Rome burns while others laugh as it drowns. Mitt Romney thinks all this talk of rising sea levels is a joke, as he allowed in his acceptance speech last summer when he poked fun at President Obama for calling for greater efforts to combat… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 3:21PM

"It's the Auto Industry Stupid"

The funniest line from the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney wasn't the President's riff about "horses and bayonets" which he used to sink Mitt Romney's hilarious accusation the US Navy has gone to rot on Obama's watch because America has fewer dreadnaughts than it d… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2012 11:17AM

Romney Fails Commander-in-Chief Test

A fly on the wall as the two families mingled pleasantly onstage following the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton last night might have overheard President Obama asking Mitt Romney if the Republican challenger would like to become his press secretary.

"You make the case for my foreign… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2012 11:38AM

Romney to Obama: Sit Down and Shut Up

When the fast-talking, deal-closing Mitt Romney steamrolled President Obama in Debate # 1, liberals may have grumbled about the somnambulant moderator, Jim Lehrer, and marveled at the shameless metamorphosis into "Moderate Mitt" which their right wing rival was attempting to pull off. But by and larg… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2012 9:56AM

Do We Want a President or a Boss?

So, this is what plutocracy looks like.

No character is more reviled in the conservative movement's rogue's gallery of villainy than the union "boss."  He's the corrupt and corpulent operator who brings healthy companies to grief with his irresponsible demands. He's the ideological enforcer who… Read full post »

Somewhere Woody Allen is smiling. If the Oscar-winning actor/director was watching last night's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney he surely recognized the surprise appearance of a "Marshall McLuhan Moment."  

You know the moment I am talking about, the one made famous in Allen's AnRead full post »

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 12:39PM

Romney/Ryan and That Supply-Side Black Magic

Last Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan witnessed something extraordinary: A Republican candidate making his way through a 90-minute debate without once invoking the blessed memory of Ronald Wilson Reagan.

The omission was doubly puzzling since it's now beco… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2012 12:19PM

Democrats 1, Republicans 1

My Cincinnati Reds made history yesterday when they became the first team in National League history to get swept after taking the first two games in a best-of-five series. When you lose your 19-game winning ace in the very first inning of the very first game there is only so long… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2012 3:56PM

Size Does Matter to Conservatives

So that's why Bill O'Reilly is always bragging about his ratings. I was under the impression the Fox News pug ugly constantly tells us how much bigger his rating share is than his liberal tormenters over at MSNBC because O'Reilly's just an arrogant bully who believes he can win arguments with… Read full post »

"With all due respect, Governor, I'm not one of your boys."

That's the line my wife said President Obama should have used when Mitt Romney uttered his snide comment about the President being just like one of his five pestering sons when Obama kept pressing Romney on the $5 trillion tax… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 11:39AM

Could "October Surprise" Be a One-Ton Pumpkin?

Well, at least Steve Geddes of Boscawen, New Hampshire got more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame.

For one whole day Geddes was the world's Greatest Pumpkin-grower, ever, when his 1,843.5 pound giant broke the previous world record by 25 pounds while taking home the first place "Orange Ribbon"… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 10:20AM

Romney Another Drone in Right Wing Hive

If events turn out as polls predict and President Obama goes on to beat Mitt Romney to win a second term, the iconic moment of the 2012 campaign just might be MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, head clenched firmly in hands, muttering to himself "Oh, sweet Jesus" after witnessing yet… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 3:20PM

So, who's "dependent" on government?

When Mitt Romney linked the "Lower 47" who do not pay federal income taxes and are "dependent" on government with those who "do not take responsibility for their own lives," he was not only confessing an unfamiliarity with the American people (including his own Republican base) that was appalling for… Read full post »

The Republican game plan for 2012 was to make this a "referendum election" not one asking voters to make a "choice" between the parties. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men?

Despite Republican's best efforts, we've now got… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 3:30PM

Romney Exposes Inner Ayn Rand

"He does not understand, because he has no organ for understanding, the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people."

You might think the statement above is just one more stone among the rock pile of insults being hurled at the hapless Mitt Romney for his crushingly stupid decision… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 12:36PM

Losing GOP in denial over own failures

If we learned tomorrow that George W. Bush needed a teleprompter for even his one-on-one encounters in the Oval Office, I feel quite certain that the very next day Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the entire Right Wing Noise Machine would be busily churning out sarcastic lamentations about President Obama… Read full post »

The whole point of the Democratic National Convention seemed to be, in the words of Washington Post business writer Steve Pearlstein, "to expose that Mitt Romney is smaller than the job he aspires to."

Take the claim by Romney's running mate Paul Ryan that he and Romney "will not duck… Read full post »