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Laugh of the Day

We’ve had the “Quote of the Day” and the “Headline of the Day“, now its time for the “Laugh of the Day”.

It starts with McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt saying that it would be a catastrophe in 2012 if the GOP picked Sarah Palin as their candidate.

My question is compared to what?

John McCain?

Which segues perfectly into the laugh of the day – John McCain has decided he’s going to remake the GOP:

Fresh from a humbling loss in last year’s presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image.

Good lord … that’s like Jimmy Carter wanting to reshape the Democratic party.  McCain stands for everything that is wrong with the GOP today.  If ever there was someone who found the wrong message for presenting the GOP to the voters, it was John McCain. And the economic problems the country has gone thorough since his defeat have only made his message less acceptable. Schmidt can bellyache all he wants about Sarah Palin, but without her McCain’s election night returns would have been much more dismal than they were.

Smaller and less intrusive government, fewer taxes and much less spending is what the GOP must put forward as its platform. John McCain, despite his claims to the contrary, does not represent that platform. And he’s not much of a friend of the First Amendment either. He is a big government Republican.

John McCain was rejected because he was seen as a light version of the Democratic candidate. Why compromise when you can have the real thing? Well now we’ve seen the real thing and voters aren’t going to want anything to do with the toned down “moderate” Republican model. And the base certainly won’t be enthusiastic about him. This is not the time for the GOP to even consider someone like John McCain or a surrogate if the GOP is at all serious about 2012. It’s time for a principled stand to reduce the size and intrusiveness of government and to let the citizens of the US retain more of what they earn and more control over their lives than they now do. Find a candidate to articulate that and lay out the freedom and liberty platform and the GOP has a decent shot in 2012 if what I think is going to happen happens.

John McCain is certainly not the candidate for that platform. Thank goodness, his day has passed. Where and even if Sarah Palin plays into this for Republicans remains to be seen. To many, she’s yet to prove she’s ready for the job. But it certainly isn’t too early now for the GOP to say ‘no’ to John McCain.  It’s time for the GOP to take a chance and stand up as the party to return us to our small government roots.  Maybe it’s just me, but it sure seems like the timing is right.

~McQ

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19 Responses to Laugh of the Day

  • I know enough people in Phoenix and Scottsdale to say that John McCain had better start working hard to remake himself if he wants to survive next years primary season.

  • If you had any wonders if McCain would have been much better than the Big O in the face of Harry and Nancy, just ask yourself this.

    Last November, when McCain was in the booth, who did he pull the lever for?

  • Perhaps, McCain should hire Megan to run his NEW GOP.

  • This is a godsend to MiniTru and the democrats: “The Maverick Returns!”

    Expect to see Maverick on lots and lots of Sunday morning shows, plumping for his new and improved “center-right, moderate, lovable, warm ‘n’ fuzzy, NOT Limbaugh, Beck or Palin, GOP”.

    In other words, a repeat of the media blitz that made him the GOP’s candidate in ’08.

    Does the old fool simply not understand that he’s being used? Or is his ego so vast that he really thinks that Republicans want him shaping the direction of the party?

    What platform does he want the GOP to adopt that they haven’t pretty much adopted already? Big government, big spending, amnesty… About the only good thing I can say about McCain is that I think he would really try to win in A-stan and wouldn’t pack his White House and cabinet with a bunch of Chicago thugs and outright reds. This has been the GOP’s exact problem: their principle platform is simply “not as bad as the democrats”. This is not a bell-ringer. That McCain, a war hero with decades of political experience, got beaten by a neophyte whose sole skill is reading a teleprompter speaks volumes about why the GOP should politely refuse to listen to a single thing he has to say.

  • I saw that headline this AM and laughed. My first thought was ‘the problem is, the GOP is too much LIKE you already’.

  • “John McCain was rejected because he was seen as a light version of the Democratic candidate.”

    That is incredibly racist, and you should be ashamed… :)

  • Just tell this old creep to get lost. Hey Johnny Boy! I don’t give a shit if you were a hero thirty years ago, you can only ride that pony so far. In recent years the only thing you ever did is give cover to the democrats while they raped us, and try to push twenty million illegals into our system. GO AWAY!

  • “[N]ow its time for the “Laugh of the Day”.”

    I thought those were provided courtesy of Scott Erb. Hard to top that for absurdist comedy.

  • John McCain was chosen by the media. He has a heroic past and I respect him for that, but politically he is a goofus. He should just go away now.

  • McCain should switch parties and be done with it.

  • “Fresh from a humbling loss in last year’s presidential election, Sen. John McCain is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image.”

    The Republicans would do well to tell this guy (and anyone else like him in the party) to buzz off if they have any aspirations of becoming a majority party ever again.

  • Ann Althouse linked this commentary from the Washington Post today.

    It’s not about McCain or Palin but about the lack of conservative thought to balance out the populism.

    During the glory days of the conservative movement, from its ascent in the 1960s and ’70s to its success in Ronald Reagan’s era, there was a balance between the intellectuals, such as Buckley and Milton Friedman, and the activists, such as Phyllis Schlafly and Paul Weyrich, the leader of the New Right. The conservative political movement, for all its infighting, has always drawn deeply from the conservative intellectual movement, and this mix of populism and elitism troubled neither side.

    Reading it I thought that the likely reason for an apparent lack of intellectual leadership in the conservative movement was because everyone was too busy trying to shut up the populists and remake the Republican Party or redefine conservative as something smarter by insisting that it shed the unwashed masses.

    Which is what I was reminded of when I saw this about McCain. (And “compared to what?” was a laugh out loud moment, Bruce.) Rather than being comfortable with populism and intellectualism together (I’ll not say “elitism” because I think the word requires exclusivity) everyone seems to be trying to decide who to throw out or shun in order for conservatism to be fit for refined company. If it’s not the god-botherers it’s the social cons or the neo-cons or (even!) the tea partiers or it’s those foolish enough to be excited about Sarah (who could never win!) or it’s Limbaugh or it’s Hannity… and it’s certainly Glenn Beck!

    The bit I linked actually had something very interesting to say about Glenn Beck.

    • Re: restoring intellectual depth to the right, a healthy dose of Virginia Postrel would go a long way towards refuting the belief that the right, and Republicans, are against change and progress.

    • In Conservatism Brain Dead?

      This is not exactly a title to get me into a receptive mood for the author’s work, but I tried. My take:

      He’s a whinny b*tch because his book doesn’t sell much compared to Coulter or Malkin, and few people know who he is compared to Limbaugh or Beck.

      Americans typically are not and never have been impressed with “intellectuals”, who are generally perceived as elite, rich snobs spouting obscure theories in Harvard accents (see Iowahawk’s fiction T. Coddrington van Voorhies VII for a satirical example). For the political / history junkies among us, there’s some appeal in listening to people who have the ideas and philosophies of the great masters at their fingertips (IIRC, David Brooks practically creamed himself because (sigh!) TAO could chit-chat about Edmund Burke), but I suggest that the average person doesn’t care very much. I also suggest that NO political movement is especially intellectual; while it may have intellectuals IN IT who add some erudition and sophistication to it, the basic ideas are simple. They must be so, because they have to appeal to a large number of people who are NOT “intellectuals”*. As I see it, the basic ideals of the conservative movement are pretty simple:

      —- Small government

      —- Low taxes

      —- Individual responsibility

      —- Strong rule of law

      —- Strong national defense

      I’m sure other people would make some additions or deletions to the list, but I don’t think they’d be too numerous. Liberals and libertarians could also make similar, short lists of the basic principles of their movements.

      Now, I think those ideas are pretty simple. They DON’T REQUIRE intellectuals to theorize about them, expound upon them, or even create them. What they DO need is people who can communicate them to the rest of the country and explain why the ideas and the policies that would flow from them are good for the country. Limbaugh is very good at this.

      I will say that the ideas can get lost in the arguments, because commentators like Limbaugh, Beck, et al, are also interested in taking apart the opposing (liberal) ideas and underscoring why they and the policies they cause are BAD for the country. That can be a messy business, not for the faint-hearted “intellectual”.

      —-

      (*) IIRC, the Bolsheviks initially tried an intellectual approach to selling their bloody ideas to the Russian people. They quickly learned that the high-flown ideas were falling on deaf ears, so they reduced their message to a simple, understandable, “Peace! Bread! Land!”

    • I submit that McCain would like to be rid of both the intellectual elite and the populists.