The Weakling Standard
Having backed the President of the United States into a corner, resulting in his near-hysterical rant on national television and having changed the entire tone of the current national debate from tax increases to spending cuts, the leadership of the House of Representatives now seems bent upon snatching humiliating defeat from the jaws of victory. Sadly, this is business as usual for the Republican Leadership. They seem to think fighting to actually defeat one’s enemy or to really uphold the promises one gives to the peasants when running for office, is gauche, tawdry and unworthy of the Patrician ideals which bind the insiders in Washington, DC to one another. And so, rather than crossing the field and accepting the enemy’s sword in surrender, John Boehner and Eric Cantor and their minions in “leadership” instead are poised to sue for peace via Boehner’s flaccid plan to draw a couple of cups of water out of the growth of the tsunami of government spending which promises to wipe us out as the leading economic power of the world. Victory, after all, is the quaint notion of those naive freshmen who actually believe in things like principles and promises.
Despite that lofty rhetoric, my fight today is not with the sell-outs of the establishment wing of the GOP. The old school establishment politicians are a remnant of a dying era. Mr. Boehner apparently forgets the only reason he occupies the office of Speaker is due to the hard work of the freshmen. But that, and the Senate’s Democrat majority and the abomination in the White House will soon be remedied. It is the cheerleaders of mediocrity that I want to talk about today.
First, there’s The Weekly Standard. There are things called “magazines” which consist of stories printed on slick paper and some people, I guess, actually pay good money for these things and some others actually pay better money to advertise their businesses in these periodicals. Weird, I know, but I remember them from youth. My mom always had a pile of them called “Life” and “Look” piled next to our black rotary phone which connected to our party line. The Weekly Standard boasts a lofty circulation of a whopping 60,000 influential insiders each and every week, not counting hits on its web site linked above. By contrast, Rush Limbaugh reaches some 20,000,000 listeners a week, but that doesn’t diminish the status of The Weekly Standard, in its own eyes. This week, The Weekly Standard distinguished itself again as the barker at the carnival of mediocrity when its editor, William Kristol, penned a juvenile screed attacking the real conservatives, the “Tea Party” for their boring, pedestrian refusal to follow the flaccid Boehner plan. In this little rant he called “A Time for Choosing”, Kristol launches into an argument one must usually go to a grade school play ground to hear. “You can’t be my friend if you’re Jimmy’s friend,” Kristol whines in his opening paragraph, as he claims if you don’t support Boehner’s punt-to-win tactic you must be a Nancy Pelosi lover. Deep. He culminates his searing logic with a claim that if we don’t surrender to the enemy now the enemy will defeat us later. Wait, what? People pay to read this? Conservative pay to advertise in this? Time to reevaluate that marketing strategy.
Meanwhile, the Lord of the Flies-level analysis of the real conservatives continues at the mouth-piece of the blue-blooded establishment, the Wall Street Journal with its oh-so-witty Lord of the Rings analogy. Unlike the magazine, the WSJ’s marketing plan is to take 2 day old news, print it on smudgy paper and have a boy throw it on your wet lawn in the morning. After savaging Senator Jim DeMint, the Club for Growth and The Heritage Foundation, the anonymous author of this WSJ hit-piece intoned:
The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.
Seriously? Was it take you kid to work day at the WSJ? Say what you will about Kristol’s piece, at least he had the balls to sign his name to it. I’m looking at you Wall Street Journal. Was your “journalist” too busy hacking cell phones to sign his work? Or just too embarrassed?
And our final cheerleader who needs a little light shined on him is the right honorable Senator John McCain who, read the above WSJ article on the floor of the United States Senate. “Conservative” McCain, who actually knew Gandalf as a young man, later explained on Sean Hannity’s TV show how he was a conservative’s conservative and he was not attacking the tea party movement, which he loved (impish smile here with an almost childish giggle, as if reading dirty jokes to his fellow 5th graders) but was merely explaining the issue. This criticism of real conservatives from a man whose two claims to fame are losing an election to some nobody from Illinois named “Barack” and having been captured for a long time? Well you are still in captivity, Senator McCain. You’ve been captured by the wishy-washy, don’t-make-waves establishment that the tea party movement is here to replace. Somebody needs to take Grandpa back to the home.
Conservatives, John McCain is self-limiting but enemies who pretend to be friends are not so self-limiting. What you have to ask yourself is, why should you pay to buy or subscribe to periodicals which advocate this weakling standard for conservatism?
Randall Mead is a simple, country lawyer, scratching out a living in the belly of the beast, the capital of Madiganistan.