I originally blogged about this speech by Rep. Tom McClintock (R, CA) to the Council for National Policy over at AoSHQ*, but it is simply too good not to share. Tom's in full Post-Apocalypse Survival mode in this speech, and you will not find a dull word in it:
I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast. You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer.Yes, this is what Barack Obama’s second term would look like.
Study it. Fear it. And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country.
And that's just the intro. The rest of the three-page speech is just like the above.
I don't want to summarize Tom McClintock's speech too much - I'd rather you read it - but the basic themes of it can be expressed in three bullet points:
- California was great, once.
- Then Californians let liberal Democrats take over the government, whereupon everything went to pot.
- California Republicans need to stop acting like less annoying versions of California Democrats.
The first two points seem relatively straightforward; the third I am not cognizant enough of Californian politics to assess properly. Particularly since McClintock's fourth, not-quite-stated bullet point is:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger should be taken out front and beaten with sticks.
Which I suppose is to be expected of the man, really. Still, it's an excellent speech to read.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*As part of my guest-blogging gig over there, which I guess ends today.