Today John McCain proved there is no GOP leadership deficit. His townhall in Sun City, AZ was a thing of beauty, masterful.
“...You know, I wish people would listen during the campaign. When he said, We need to redistribute the wealth, he wasn’t kidding. He is not kidding. He really does believe the government can only provide health care, and if the government doesn’t — is not involved in the health care business, the private sector won’t be honest. He believes that….” Lindsey Graham
If you do nothing but spend your days listening to people like Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, and any number of other conservative talking radio heads, you are probably running around screaming that The End Is Near, The Sky Is Falling, We’re Doomed, and the GOP has no leader.
The Pink Flamingo has been writing about leadership, and who will rise to the top. It looks like we’re starting to see who that person is, Two of those leaders include a “quitter” from Alaska, and a rather crotchety old fighter pilot from Arizona – who woulda’ guessed it.
(Makes me proud of my 2008 vote, that’s for sure).
Michael Steele is leading.
Chris Cannon is leading.
Tim Pawlenty is leading.
James Inhofe is leading.
Jim DeMint is leading.
Peter King is leading.
Eric Cantor is leading.
John Boehner is leading.
Lindsey is leading.
Newt is leading.
Huck is leading.
(Mitt Romney is pontificating and spraying his hair.)
The reason you don’t think any Republicans are leading is quite simple. They are getting no national press. They have gone to Harry Reid with demands. The door is slammed in their face.
When they go to the national press, they are ignored.
When they go to Nancy Pelosi, they are ignored.
In order to promote their agenda, Republicans must rely on local press.
There is no deficit in GOP leadership, only a deficit in honorable media coverage.
We’re damned with an MSM that slobbers their devotion to Obama. Now it looks like like Bill O’Reilly was also devoted to The One (Incompetent). It makes a lot of sense, he rarely gives the GOP a break. Now we know why.
The GOP is alive with most excellent leaders. The problem is they’re not perfect in the eyes of the Non-Republican Conservative Independent Third Party Media. (but that’s another story)
“...I think the big difference between me and the president is he believes that Washington can generate job creation by spending money. I believe the way you create jobs is you empower people to hire folks in the private sector. And this stimulus package is the root of all evil here. The $787 billion that we talked about on your show that no one read has come back to haunt this country. It’s put us in a deep hole. It hasn’t created jobs and it never will because it’s mostly about government, not job creation. That started it. Throw health care on top, a cap and tax (SIC) system that would cost the average American $800 a year in additional in additional energy costs and bankrupt manufacturing — what he is doing is breathtaking, quite frankly….But let me tell you, Greta, people at home are tightening their belts. We’re not. We’re exploding the deficit. It’s going to affect people at home and it’s going to prevent people from creating jobs. So we need to control spending but also have programs that will create jobs. I don’t mind spending money to help jump start the economy. We’re not spending money to jump start the economy, we’re growing the government….”
Harold Meyerson at the WPost continues the hammering that the GOP is no longer a national party. He is using some insane facts, basically slamming Southerners, to point to the fact that the GOP is nothing but a party of Palinite idiots.
“…All parties are home to distinct subcultures with distinct beliefs. What’s different about today’s GOP is that increasingly, it is home to just one, and a whole sector of the media — Fox News, talk radio — makes its money by emphasizing this subculture’s sense of separateness, grievance and alarm, and by creating its own set of “facts.” Asked in late July whether they believed Barack Obama was born in the United States, 93 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of independents said yes, but just 42 percent of Republicans agreed. Behind those numbers, 93 percent, 90 percent and 87 percent of Northeasterners, Midwesterners and Westerners, respectively, said yes, but just 47 percent of Southerners said they believed the president was born in this country. Obama, the Republican base is saying, personifies an America that is increasingly alien to them. It’s multiracial, as they are not. It puts Sonia Sotomayor, who sure doesn’t come from their America, on the Supreme Court. Increasingly, the Republicans have descended into white identity politics….”
You can’t have it both ways. According to Newsbusters, if Obama loses Health Care Reform, is he going to sic the Fairness Doctrine on everyone? If you read this, Republicans are a power house. I thought we were a dying party.
“…More recently, another player in Washington, D.C. has come out voicing concerns about conservative talk radio’s position in the current media marketplace. Left-wing Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went on MSNBC’s Aug. 14 “Rachel Maddow” show – as liberal a forum as could be – and complained that the media outlets on the right were drowning the message out.
“I’ll tell you what else we need to do,” Sanders said. “We need to understand that it is very, very hard for the president or anybody else to take on not just the Republican Party, that’s the easy part – to take on all of right-wing talk radio, which covers 90 percent of talk show hosts, a whole Fox network which is nothing more than an arm of the Republican Party and the Democrats got to think long term. Why is there not a progressive television network? Why aren’t we supporting good and effective personalities on radio as well and building up a network there so that we can that kind of political consciousness-raising that the Republicans, in fact, are doing so well right now.”…”
If Obama loses health care – Sarah Palin wins. Don’t count on anyone in the media giving her credit for the win, and don’t count on the MSM conservative pundits to give her credit. They’re terrified of her. Many of them are also promoting Mitt Romney.