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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Curt Schilling: Rhode Island Governor A ‘Dunce Of Epic Proportions’

Maybe this is an endearing compliment? Schilling after all played with “The Idiots.”

Schilling, who won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then two with the Boston Red Sox, criticized independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Saturday exchange on Twitter about the collapse of 38 Studios, which got a $75 million loan guarantee from the state in 2010.

Schilling tweeted that “if the state loses money it’s because the Governor is a dunce of epic proportions, nothing I can do about that.”

In follow-up tweets on Monday, Schilling also called the governor a “buffoon” and called the prospect of him getting re-elected in 2014 “terrifying.”

Chafee told WPRO-AM that Schilling’s comments were “regretful.”

Schilling’s company laid off all its employees in May and filed for bankruptcy in June. Schilling had earlier blamed Chafee for public comments he made about the firm’s solvency, accusing him of having an “agenda.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4213730)
I look forward to Posnanski's biography.
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4213752)
Curt Schilling: Rhode Island Governor A ‘Dunce Of Epic Proportions’


Schilling added in defense of his comment, "Chafee lost his family's fortune chasing a video game fantasy. Nuff said."
   3. Swedish Chef Posted: August 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4213763)
I have to agree with Curt, only a dunce would put that much taxpayer money into a gaming company with no track record.
   4. JoeHova Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4213779)
This whole story reminds me of the Batman: TAS episode where Bruce Wayne is desperate to acquire a video game company so he can move it to Gotham and create some tech jobs there. Maybe Rhode Island figured that if moving a video game company to town was Batman's business strategy, it was surely good enough for them.
   5. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4213784)
I believe that was the brain child of his predecessor.
   6. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4213804)
Yes, the loan was already in place when Chafee took office (and he was against it, anyway).
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4213822)

I have to agree with Curt, only a dunce would put that much taxpayer money into a gaming company with no track record.


Yes, but wasn't that dunce Gov. Donald Carcieri?

EDIT: Right, you guys covered that.
   8. RJ in TO Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4213825)
At some point, Curt may want to consider shutting the hell up.
   9. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4213829)
It doesn't seem like a good idea to antagonize the governor while you're being investigated for fraud or whatever. If Chafee wasn't going after Schilling before, he probably will now.
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4213832)
At some point, Curt may want to consider shutting the hell up.

You wouldn't say that to Repoz's face.
   11. Fanshawe Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4213844)
Hell hath no fury like a self-supposed Galtian Superman scorned.
   12. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4213850)
Shutting the hell up might lead to introspection, which is very dangerous to a conservative. He's better off continuing to yell that everything is everyone else's fault, and that he's a holy martyr for the cause of the free market.
   13. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4213856)
Curt Schilling: NOTICE ME!
   14. Bob Tufts Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4213862)
As they said in "Animal House" - "you F'ed up, you trusted us!" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOXtWxhlsUg
   15. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4213865)
Isn't Lincoln Chafee a pretty reasonable, middle of the road guy for a pol? Schilling can't win this one, I think, and I am confident on reflection he'll decide discretion is the better part of valor.
   16. just plain joe Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4213872)
At some point, Curt may want to consider shutting the hell up.


As Ron White says, "I had the right to remain silent, I just didn't have the ability".
   17. BFFB Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4213893)
Isn't Lincoln Chafee a pretty reasonable, middle of the road guy for a pol? Schilling can't win this one, I think, and I am confident on reflection he'll decide discretion is the better part of valor.


Schilling has never decided discretion is the better part of anything!
   18. Swedish Chef Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4213894)
Schilling can't win this one, I think, and I am confident on reflection he'll decide discretion is the better part of valor.

Maybe Schilling knows he can't win and just wants to go down fighting rather than meekly skulking away from the scene. Like all his idols from WWII and Lord of the Rings would have done.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4213896)
Isn't Lincoln Chafee a pretty reasonable, middle of the road guy for a pol? Schilling can't win this one, I think, and I am confident on reflection he'll decide discretion is the better part of valor.


Chaffee is an independent (former moderate Republican ousted in the primaries by conservatives). But his approval ratings are in the toilet. If the Dems prop up a reasonable candidate in 2014, I'm guessing Chaffee is cooked.
   20. Swedish Chef Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4213898)
If the Dems prop up a reasonable candidate, I'm guessing Chaffee is cooked.

If they can avoid getting their candidate endorsed by Schilling.
   21. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4213904)
Schilling has never decided discretion is the better part of anything!
I don't know about that. He might have decided that discretion is the better part of America-hating secret Muslim death panel terrorist commieism, or something like that.
   22. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4213927)
Takes one to know one, Curt
   23. Select Storage Device Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4213962)
"This company was built for, to be, something that stays around, and becomes huge, with a chance to be the best entertainment company in the world."

####. Off. Curt.

   24. asinwreck Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4213976)
This language reads like projection.
   25. God Posted: August 21, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4214066)
Is there a chance Schilling's idiotic bloviating will keep him out of the Hall? It's a crowded ballot and he seems like he's on the borderline anyway with the BBWAA types.

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