In An Election Between a Squamous Socialist Abomination of Science and John McCain, I'll Take Abomination

| January 8, 2009 | 2 Replies

You know, I’d accept a Democratic super majority in the Senate for the next two years if it meant getting John McCain out of there forever. I’m serious. If he quit right now and a patchwork monster made out of the putrescent remains of Karl Marx, John Milton Keynes, Jimmy Carter, and Woodrow Wilson took his place, I’d cry tears of freaking joy.

At least that shambling horror wouldn’t grunt out statements of such transcendental cluelessness as these.

At the all-day, private GOP meeting at the Library of Congress, McCain told colleagues their poor image among Hispanics, which he attributed to bitter intra-party squabbles over immigration reform, dealt his campaign a devastating blow.

“He talked about his own race and the devastating loss of Hispanic voters and how that arose on the rhetoric on immigration,” said a Senate Republican who attended the meeting.

A Republican senator who attended the meeting said that McCain emphasized the importance of healing the rift with Hispanics by talking about immigration reform in a “positive” way.

No, what dealt his campaign a devastating blow was his own ham-fisted and egocentric management of the campaign that, among other things:

  1. refused to go on the attack against his opponent in any meaningful way, including taking Barack Obama’s 20-year affiliation with a bigoted anti-American minister completely off the table,
  2. shoved the only person to ever give him a lead over Barack Obama into a closet and trotted her out, cold, to face two overtly hostile interviews,
  3. turned over media operations of his campaign to political consultants who knew jack-all about journalists,
  4. ran to Washington to broker a deal on the TARP bailout, then spent the better part of a week flopping around like a mackerel on the deck of a boat while accomplishing nothing at all.

Immigration was never an issue of any importance at all. I can’t recall a time when either candidate seriously brought it up. It didn’t come up at length at any of the debates. It just didn’t matter.

McCain is simply trying to deflect blame for a humiliating defeat away from his own manifold failings. And Republicans will gladly let him because his failings were theirs too.

If Republicans really want to reform their party, they’ll start by shoving John McCain and those people who agreed with him like so many bobble-head dolls as far into the background as possible.

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