Meghan McCain's Advice to the GOP Hopefuls
Two of the things that I've always told myself if I ever started a political blog would be first, that my arguments would be weak and in an echo chamber AND, most importantly, about once a week I would talk about how I have a crush on Meghan McCain.
But whats secretly most appealing about her is that she's someone who is not just extremely beautiful but also very reasonable. She's like the version of her father that got me interested in politics (a lifetime ago in 2000). She's like a date-able, blonde George Will. Don't get me wrong, George Will seems like a nice kind of guy, the kind that would insist on paying the bill and would end the first date with a hug after holding your hand on the walk. He's classy, in a Gilded-Age "You're not a flapper are you" kind of way.
What was I talking about? Oh, yeah, Meghan McCain.
I've already included the link where McCain the Younger lists the different things that the GOP Hopefuls will have to do in order to get the nomination. I don't disagree with her by and large. There are a couple of little things though:
"What the Republican Party needs is a candidate unafraid to put the president up against the wall and call him out on all the damage his administration has done, especially to the economy, in the last three years. "
And all that damage would include what? De-regulation of banks? Turning a blind eye and encouraging the regulators to turn the other way or even get in bed with the people who brought us into the financial mess in the first place? It's phrasing like this that makes one think that the federal government is the reason why we're in the economic straits that we're in, when we all know that this is not the case. Would Ms. McCain also be willing to blame the previous president for signing the $700 billion bailout or continue to ignore it and pretend that there was just $787 billion bailout by the current president?
However, McCain makes an open acknowledgement that not many in the GOP are willing to make right now. The fact of the matter is that Obama is going to be extremely difficult to hit and bring down in 2012. The sooner that R's begin to admit that, the closer to winning they'll get.
The best bit of advice was to "outlast Palin fever". McCain manages to be diplomatic about Palin, but also, in a sense, derides the actual tenacity of the campaign. The one comment of "... at some point she is going to have to do something other than come up with clever soundbites." seems to be a little off. I remember that was a major critique of Clinton was all he came up with were soundbites and you know what that got him? Two terms.
One last bit: the "forget about Iowa" part. In the section, she talks about how its less important than people might portray it to be and that the real gamble and the real stakes are established in New Hampshire. She's not entirely correct. Obama made his first strong showing in Iowa back in 2008, to the surprise (even shock) to many. Granted, Hilary Clinton came back in the NH primary, but Iowa was supposed to be a cake walk for her and, instead, it marked the beginning of the end (or the seemingly endless Bataan death march to the Democratic nomination.)
Also would be fair to point out that in 2000, John McCain didn't get the nod in IA, he got it in NH and then proceeded to get the shit beat out of him by Bush II all over the rest of the USA. I say this not with malice towards John McCain; after all, I was supporting him and wishing that the rest of the country would see reason and vote McCain in 2000. But Iowa did figure into the overall political strategy and, the candidates can't completely ignore IA. Why?
Well, assume that a plausible candidate like Romney, Johnson or Huntsman pull out of IA and then put everything down in NH? Now imagine if Herman Cain or (worse?) Michelle Bachmann getting the nod in IA. They went from being ridiculous and inane to being "legitimate" and "plausible".
I mean, generally speaking, the entire primary/caucus/nomination process (on both sides, but especially the GOP) has to be reformed. The arbitrariness of random states holding a good deal of political sway in the process isn't good politics and it's detrimental to the entirety of the campaign. I can go on and on about it (and probably will in a later post). But, the way that everything is set up currently, the road has to go through IA. A long, desolate, pointless road, but a road nonetheless.