Friday, March 27, 2009

Kathleen Parker tries once again to be the iconoclastic rebel, and FAILS

Call it that, or call it another feeble attempt to SPEAK TRUTH TO TEH POWER!...

The GOP’s identity crisis just got more interesting with the recent media splash of Meghan McCain, daughter of the senator who did not become president.
Young McCain, who began blogging during her father’s presidential campaign, recently made waves at the Daily Beast when she picked a fight with conservative media mavens Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. This is enough sport to make the little dog laugh, to say nothing of the dish and the spoon.
McCain jammed traffic on Tina Brown’s site with her charge that Coulter is bad for the party. In a voice that is sometimes, alas, reminiscent of a coed’s twitter, she wrote: “I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time.”
Claiming that Coulter could be the poster woman for the “most extreme side of the Republican Party,” McCain offered herself as the opposite. Bzzzzzt. Give that girl a talk show!
Indeed, McCain’s generation is more moderate, especially on social issues. This isn’t news. Yet, reaction from the more-established right has been a tad intolerant.

...but as for me, I think it's yet more proof that the mushy moderate wing of the Republican Party has been thoroughly infected with what could only be termed as Barack Obama syndrome; that is, they seem to think that for the Republicans to get back in the good graces of the voters, they need to elevate to high positions the pretty people who have no concept of what made the United States of America the envy of the world -- who, in fact, would eschew some or all of those principles, as Barack Obama, as well as John McCain for that matter (and likely his daughter), largely have. Reading Kathleen Parker's latest column, I almost wish I had been able to put money on her not offering any substantive reason that people like Meghan McCain should be the new face of the Republican Party...because, as sure as God made little green apples, the only thing she did was tout the younger McCain's bashing of Ann Coulter and other firebrands. Yee-haa. I don't necessarily agree with Ann Coulter's take on some things, and I am surely not in agreement with, for example, a lot of what Mike Huckabee proposed to do; but if this is all Meghan McCain is — a younger, better looking version of her father (and I have neither seen nor heard anything that leads me to think she's anything but that) — then if the Republicans are going to make her and those like her the new face of the party, then they bloody well deserve to lose, just like they did when they ran with McCain.