Technically, I could have stopped with the first three words of the title but that’s hardly newsworthy as McCain’s natural state. As it is, the fact he’s feeling mavericky in his maverickness again is barely worth a Friday night news dump post. But since he has his own category here and can barely manage the worth to fill it anymore, why not mention him now?
CPAC is up and going and Cruz gave a speech where he made the mistake of not pretending McCain was Presidential material. Unlike McCain, Cruz was also welcome there and isn’t the least popular incumbent in his own state. As Cruz also mentioned Dole as well, McCain took the opportunity to go on TV and ask Cruz to apologize for the denigration of Dole’s service that did not happen.
Three points for those of us understandably frustrated that McCain somehow manages to hold on to his Senate seat.
- He’s not asking for an apology for any so-called denigration to his service, which means he probably has a good idea of how tired people are of his ‘I get to slap you then play the POW card’ deal.
- It likely still bothers him that he lost to a no-name community organizer whose greatest claim to fame was voting present, or he wouldn’t have done something like this when Cruz called him on it.
- He’s getting irritated because yet another person has politically eclipsed him and shows no signs of stopping. All that ego, and no greatness to match.
All of this means we have a few more things we can use to annoy him back when he gets this way. So let him enjoy the limelight a little longer. Despite his recent reappearances in the MSM, it appears he knows his mavericky heyday is behind him and it’s never going to be the same.
To get the bad news out of the way first, Cornyn made it through the primary. It’s unfortunate, but he wasn’t a must-lose target and he didn’t have a viable opponent. I’m already seeing the standard issue shaming attempts in the comment sections about how we have to back the Establishment because otherwise we’re awful, childish people and we’re giving up and blah, blah, blah. Write it off. It’s social engineering for the definition of insanity. We’ve been backing the Establishment without question up until recently and it’s hardly worked out well, so more of the same isn’t the answer.
Now on to the brighter news. At the state level in Texas, conservatives and the Tea Party cleaned up pretty well, especially the choices of Senator Cruz. It’s safe to say his influence and that of the Tea Parties yet persists. Just because we didn’t bat 1,000 doesn’t make it a total loss, because no one bats 1,000. This is still a solid piece of work.
Put the small negative here behind you and retain your focus. Must-lose McConnell still needs his pink slip, and we have until May to give it to him. Otherwise, the means to ensure his removal as Harry Reid’s most highly placed enabler in the Republican caucus are less appealing and likely less certain. Don’t ignore the contests we can yet win because of a few bumps in the road.
Why wouldn’t he move anywhere else he would like for that matter, given the opposition he’s had so far? Yes, it’s a loose interpretation of the word ‘opposition.’ It’s more like ‘background noise including an idiotic reset button’ than an opposition. It’s not a desirable prospect for the rest of the world, but seen from the eyes of a Putin looking to rebuild the glory days of the USSR, what’s to stop him?
There’s a good article at Breitbart listing some reasons why Putin thinks he can get away with it, but the short version is ‘Obama.’ On top of that, there’s one other point that bears mentioning. With the Republican Party attacking its own base and Establishment leaders making comments like this, there’s also no reason for Putin to believe Obama’s successor will be any more viable an opponent. They’ll also be a Democrat if there’s no party to replace them.
To fix that, get a real opposition party, which starts with handing out pink slips to those RINOs that prevent the Republicans from becoming one.
There’s still a lot of work to do yet, but thank God they exist.
They’ve been around for five years now, and have grown into such a force both parties are trying to stop them. You don’t send the IRS after non-threats or look the other way as it’s happening. You don’t demonize people who can’t make a dent. Yet it’s all happening, and if you consider those who are still feeding off of Washington it’s clear why.
Without the Tea Party Obama would have even more of a free reign than he does now. On the other side of the coin, the Republicans would have kept fundraising off of the illusion they actually resist him, and the increasingly untenable status quo would continued unabated. It’s not remotely over yet, but without the Tea Party all of this would have been going on unchecked, unremarked, and unimpeded in any way. The RINOs certainly weren’t going to stop it or reveal themselves as wholly undeserving of support and dealing with them is the first step to getting a real opposition party.
Here’s hoping for many more years of the Tea Party.