Personally, I blame the party's recent lack of success on The Insane Guy. Most people who were at the Boston Dyke March this year know who I'm talking about, as he was particularly irritating on that day. He was hanging out at the Food Not Bombs table at the Dyke March this year (not sure whether he was officially part of their table or just lurking). White guy, about 45, usually wears a t-shirt and baggy pants. Almost always wears a cap covered in political buttons. Kind of scruffy with long graying hair and a beard. He shows up at most every event and, well, bugs the crap out of people. He's also frequently seen on the green line trying to talk to strangers.
He'll approach someone with a greeting such as "do you support the war in Iraq?" or "how would you like to see a lesbian governor?" He takes extreme offense at responses such as "uh, I gotta go meet a friend" or "I'm trying to read here" or ignoring him. He then preaches at people about how their reluctance to talk with him equates with not caring about the community.
Much of his yammering centers around discrediting other progressive candidates, usually not very skillfully. "You know Deval Patrick made $3.8 million last year." And? He also grew up on welfare. Mister Insane Mans doesn't like that angle though, and keeps yammering about how the guy's income makes him bad. He just doesn't let up. Or say anything very logical. At the Dyke March, he actually followed Molly and me around the grounds, yapping about how we could have a lesbian governor. He didn't say anything else about her platform or experience in the 10 minutes he preached at us. Just "lesbian governor blah blah lesbian blah blah." Hi, tokenism much? Yeah, you're real progressive. Does Grace Ross know about this guy? Because he's not doing much for her campaign. If I weren't already knowledgeable about the party, I'd think they were a bunch of lunatics based on this dude.