Sunday, March 28, 2010

The McCain Metaphor

Everyone here knows that Sarah Palin came to Tucson Friday to stump for Senator John McCain as he faces a primary challenge from talk radio gas bag and former Congressman JD Hayworth. The darling of the cable news shows, her speech was broadcast nationally, and what little I could stomach of what was summarized that evening was painful.

A month ago I dismissed Hayworth's challenge as tea party fantasy. Everything God in the GOP has endorsed McCain. McCain has money. McCain has name recognition. Hayworth's mediocre record in the House provides McCain ample ammo. This recognized, still, look at the footage from the event. One word just screams out from the screen, "Pathetic!"

I was embarrassed for the man. I mean embarrassed to where you feel sorry for the person. He's standing up there, trying to smile, laugh, look good, while Palin goes through her cheesy talking points and the lame joke about his age, and speaking of age (and yes, it happens, unless the alternative occurs first), he looked SO OLD and with his hair, SO WHITE, as if bleached, and awkward. He should retire.

John McCain is perhaps a perfect metaphor for the Republican Party at this point in its history: old, white, obsolete, tired, hot tempered, frustrated, and lacking new ideas, creative solutions, or 21st century thinking. It doesn't have to be this way. A fresher thinking GOP, views like those of Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Christopher Buckley, David Frum, etc. could adapt to the times. However, instead of concern over losing moderate and independent voters when it purges "moderation," the Republican Party is terrified of losing its base. Why concern over the base but not moderates? I have the answer, and David Frum captured it perfectly, "we're discovering we work for Fox News."

The truth hurts. Frum was immediately fired.

Neither McCain nor the GOP are coming forward with fresh arguments, intriguing perspectives, compelling insights, or real solutions to the problems facing the nation and the planet. If they were, we would not be discussing "You Lie!" "Baby Killer!" or "Hell No!" efforts to whip the Neanderthals into such seething hatred the loons are making death threats and smashing windows. Frank Rich's excellent 3/27/10 NY Times piece notes they stroke flames fiercer than anger about a bill.

SPLC Report: Rage on the Right.

Regarding its future, the Republican establishment faces a remarkably analogous situation to that John McCain faces in the 2010 election. They are both hopelessly entrenched in their world views, now outdated, obsolete, and intellectually bankrupt in a century with economics and demographics they do not understand. In one respect, however, John McCain profoundly understands something the GOP does not: the screaming to his right is foe, not friend.

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Anonymous Observer said...

The Frank Rich article in the Times is excellent.

Did you see the article by Rob O'Dell in the AZ Daily Star? You should.

It's great and right up your alley. It's all about the Rio Nuevo board and the consulting fees of Larry/Dan.

He mentions them by name. You should read the comment thread after the article.

3/28/2010 3:33 PM  
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3/28/2010 8:42 PM  

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