I don’t think enough harsh polemics can be written about John McCain, his miserable campaign, nor the number of shivs he’s stuck in the back of Sarah Palin since Election Day. Pam Meister has written another one I recommend to you, not only because it is the sort of thing that would get a grumbled curse from Johnny Mac were he to ever read it, but because she closes with a set of short and sweet recommendations for the Republican Party if it ever hopes to regain prominence.
Meister’s really are quite good and they’d fit on a 3×5 card, which I find especially valuable these days. It seems that every bright young think-tanker who can get to a keyboard wants to spend a thousand words on the theme of “How the GOP Can Get It’s Groove Back”. That’s all fine as far as it goes, but it’s not going to be a bunch of young Heritage Foundation fellows pounding the ground in 2010 and 2010. Brevity is what’s going to work for those thousands of soccer moms and working dads who’ll be canvassing their neighborhoods and manning the phone banks. They might read all those clever essays, but don’t bet on it. If the GOP can fit five core principles on an index card, then you have something you can give voters and Republican legislators that they will remember (and, if the party was clever, that they could carry around with them like evangelicals carry gospel tracts).
The additional benefit here is that by distilling the core of conservative thought to that degree is going to reinforce them in our own minds so that the next time some egotistical “maverick” like Johnny Mac comes along, we’ll remember what we believe. Then we’ll throttle his campaign before it ever gets out of Iowa, before it can do any damage.
(via Conservative Grapevine)