Geoff Schoos has a review of Steve Laffey’s book in this week’s Cranston Herald. From the column:
Being a U.S. senator means being a leader. It means doing things instead of just saying things, it means persuading colleagues when you think they’re wrong, and sometimes it means rocking the boat. –Former Mayor Steve Laffey
This definition of leadership appears in Steve Laffey’s book, Primary Mistake: How the Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign). In so many ways, this book is quintessential Laffey — blunt, boisterous, egocentric and, for the most part, superficial.
When I read this book, it quickly became evident that Laffey confuses bluster with leadership. Like his tenure as mayor, it seems he can only build himself up by tearing down others. Too often, Laffey seems to live in a one-dimensional world of absolutes. In his world of absolutes, Laffey is always right and those who have other opinions are subject to his scorn and derision. As demonstrated over his four years as mayor and reiterated in his book, Laffey’s style is closer to demagoguery than it is to any definition of leadership. [full text]