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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Republican Ghouls

By Steve Brenneis
Ars Mens Mentis

There seems to be a growing sector of the Republican faithful who are engaging in a ghoulish voting strategy. As an aside, I think voting strategies are sublimely fruitless. The power brokers love it when group-think produces one of these idiotic movements. The outcomes sought by those who strategize almost never happen and the only winners are the oligarchs. The electoral winner chuckles all the way to Washington. As always, the corollary is that the hapless strategists fall right back into the trap during the next election cycle.

This group of GOP True Believers finds itself very interested in John McCain's selection of a Vice Presidential running mate.Their hope (wish?) is that McCain will carry some "real conservative" into office with him. The ghoulish part of the strategy requires McCain to have the good grace to die, hopefully not long after he takes office. The rationale is that McCain would be the oldest person to take office as President, therefore having him kick the bucket before he can do any damage is not utter wishful thinking. Unfortunately for them, McCain genuinely seems to thrive on attention and power. I don't have any trouble visualizing an 80 year old McCain waving bye bye as he leaves office in 2017.

The point is moot, though. If McCain picks a sufficiently attractive "true conservative" to be his running mate, this sort of weird voting strategy might just bring out a few more conservatives in the fall. I don't think it will be enough to save McCain from the utter drubbing he will take at the hands of the Clinton machine, though.


Blogger Strother said...

All you pubbies shouldn't worry about a Clinton machine come November ... unless Hillary makes nice with Obama before then (and sure, it's possible — this IS politics, after all).

This election is shaping up to be a New Boss Man Vs. Old Boss Man contest. The result? In the eyes of the voting majority, a relatively mysterious candidate will appear to be better than Dubya Cronies (throw McCain AND Hillary in there with the latter group).

Will McCain be able to talk himself distant from Bush? Maybe, as there's no telling what the GOP faithful would like to believe this Fall.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 9:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Robert W. Mitchell said...

First, it is humbling to admit to being influenced to a change in political ideology. However, here it is for the record. I have discovered my libertarian instincts with the help of Steve on the BP and Michael Savage on the Savage Nation on the radio.

With that out in the open, let me see if Steve is willing to explain just what he sees transpiring to give Hillary the nomination. I think Steve is the last person with a brain to think she's still in the game. Given my respect for Steve's political wisdom and acumen, I'd like see if he would explain how he sees things unfolding in the race.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:01:00 AM  

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