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"The Era of McCain is Over"

The "End of the McCain Era" was declared by Rush Limbaugh earlier this week following Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner's defiant response to President Obama's disingenuous request for bipartisan input on the health care impasse. Limbaugh lauded the Republican unity against the disastrous health care bill and noted that only a year ago, the liberals had proclaimed the Reagan era was over.

Limbaugh is correct on so many fronts of this issue. Boehner's brazen rejoinder to the President's thinly-veiled insincerity was surely a refreshing break from the McCainian instinct to immediately reach across the aisle. The Republican Party has shown a steely resolve the past few months and is finally rejecting the progressive dogma that has led the party to super-minority status.

Notably absent from the recent discourse of Republican affairs is RNC Chairman Michael Steele. In his effort to steer the GOP to the center, Steele ended up on the wrong side of the Scozzafava/Hoffman debacle and was completely astray throughout Scott Brown's remarkable campaign. While Steele, who suggested last month that Republicans could not retake the House in November, now wallows in irrelevency, several strong conservatives have stepped up and seemingly taken control of the direction of the GOP.

One such conservative is first-term Republican Senator Jim DeMint (SC) who presides over the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee he founded to support principled candidates who believe in the timeless conservative principles of limited government, strong national defense and traditional family values. This conservative PAC has committed its support to phenomenal Senatorial candidates such as Michael Williams (TX), Chuck DeVore (CA), Pat Toomey (PA) and Marco Rubio (FL). According to DeMint, Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts successfully used a "money bomb" campaign to raise $1.3 million in 24 hours. In the case of Rubio, DeMint's fund set a $100,000 target for the end of this Wednesday, the first anniversary of a controversial joint appearance by Florida Governor and Senatorial Candidate Charlie Crist and President Obama in Fort Myers. The money bombs generated by the Senate Conservatives Fund may very well make the difference in these and other crucial Senatorial elections.

DeMint uncomfortably laughs off the suggestion that he is emerging as the party's new conservative kingmaker. "Well, not everyone who is in the Congress is what I call an old Republican, the ones that I think helped run us off the road when we had the majority," he said. "The Democrats have gone so far to the left you can't see them anymore. But Republicans, when we were in power, we did spend too much. We put too much focus on earmarks. We didn't do what we said we were going to do. So we're looking for new Republicans."

John McCain and Michael Steele's lukewarm tenets of progressive Republicanism are over. With the reemergence of Reagan conservatism, any reaching across the aisle between now and November will be with a clenched fist.


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Comments (14)

Good post, well presented.<... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Good post, well presented.

"Money bomb".

The legacy of Ron Paul will one day be acknowledged by the rightward MSM when the present generation of Fox flacks dies off, I guess.

Speaking of R.P.
Glenda Beck is squirrelly PC-ing the Ron Paul-esque true conservative Texas gubernatorial candidate, Medina, with...ooo-eee-ooo...Truther Questions!!!1!!

Irritating, but juicy. Truth will out!

As for the post at hand:
Leave it to FoxNews to turn the stove up to 11 on a braising piece of beef shank.
I can practically read DeMint's mind regarding the "kingmaker" question:

"Would you PLEASE let me get my chess pieces ON THE BOARD before you sound the dog whistle???

bryanD;Could you p... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

bryanD;

Could you put that in English for those of us that are NOT leftwing wackos?

Thank you.

bryanD;Could you put... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

bryanD;
Could you put that in English for those of us that are NOT leftwing wackos?
Thank you.
2. Posted by Sky Captain

My suffixes are retro (1940s?)and my sentence structures are positively mongrel---perhaps Alexandrian (the 3rd).

Yet your comment is downright disposable.
Of NO use in any textbook, even for "R-word"-tards of the 25th century studying folkways of the North American continent now underwater.

In case of emergency, you: fart. (Save bandwidth)

Just stick with the conserv... (Below threshold)
914:

Just stick with the conservative's and screw the party labels. And bryanD, Your suffixes are barely pre-prompter, sentence structure is fine and very entertaining..

"give Republicans ... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:
"give Republicans the option of a mainstream conservative candidate in the primary"

Jim DeMint has got a great idea there.

I hope not. Do what you wa... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

I hope not. Do what you want to with Steele but McCain is still needed.

Except in the deepest darke... (Below threshold)

Except in the deepest darkest corners of the DNC offices, in the New York and Los Angeles Slimes, at the Washington Compost and in his wildest delusional fantasies, the "era of (McRainman)" never began.

And now even his idiot savant daughter, who makes none at all, makes more sense than he does.

McRainman is, thank God, toast. Put a Fifty Dollars an hour lettuce in him.

bryanD,Debate is a... (Below threshold)
Sky Captian:

bryanD,

Debate is a good thing. Your posts tend not to be part of a debate.
Your comment 1 is simply ridiculous.
Comment 3 is simply a personal attack.

Why derail a thread if you have nothing to contribute except personal attacks?
Oh, that's your TACTIC....

Got it.

With a nod to Senator McCai... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

With a nod to Senator McCain for honorably serving his country, I just think he's mentally to wishy-washy on matters that command decisiveness. I consider him a Republican in name only (RINO). He just ran under the Republican ticket because the other side was perhaps already filled by someone else, and there is where he stayed. But let's face it, he's not a conservative and his campaign efforts aren't helped by his air-headed daughter blathering nonsense on The View. She's on record as saying she's a "progressive Republican." I doubt she even really understands what progressive means in today's context. It means "progressing toward socialism"--like, you know, a system where the government lords over the citizenry reducing them to slaves, Megan.

In defense of BryanD, he go... (Below threshold)

In defense of BryanD, he got Alan's post properly deciphered with his first "sentence"---"Good post, well presented."

But, what Alan's conveying is the fact that Michael Steele, (and defacto John McCain), are getting run over by a conservative movement neither Steele or McCain seem to grasp---a hard line fiscal conservative party bent on ending the democrats social experiment(s) that this nation can not afford. The policies of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama this past year of bigger government spending and control are being rejected by a strong majority. NONE of the legislation produced by the democrats has properly addressed the most important issue on Americans minds---the economy and Biden's favorite three-letter word, JOBS.

Instead, Obama allowed Pelosi and Reid to produce a 800 billion dollar Porkfest, (which I will call a DNC slush fund designed to inject taxpayer money into democratic districts to buy political favor), all under the guise of holding down unemployment figures and producing JOBS. The cap and trade bill passed in the House last year has sat in the Senate---DOA---because everyone knows it's a job killer.

The rest of the democrat's political capital has been spent on this fiasco HealthCare bill that will neither reform nor reduce the cost of healthcare. The backroom deals, and partisan legislation that locked out any real Republican amendments, (that would have produced REAL reductions in cost), is also being rejected by over 60% of the nation's electorate.

What McCain and Steele fail to understand is that fiscal democrats, independents and moderates are already on board. Conservative Republicans do not need to "reach across the isle" to bring them along into the big tent---they're already there! And they will pull the lever for every candidate that campaigns on reining in big government social spending policies that threatens to put this country in financial ruin.

The rest of Bryan's dog and pony rhetoric can be seen in any liberal website, where holding onto their "dear leaders" rope of hope and change, is slipping through their fingers, carrying John McCain and Michael Steele along with them.

Bah-bye McCain and Steele. ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Bah-bye McCain and Steele. Good riddance to bad rubbish. This steamroller of fiscal conservatism is set run over all -- Republican and Democrat alike -- who miss the not-so-subtle implications. Quit treating our money as if it were your money. If you reach across the aisle to enable the addicts, you will experience tough love.

I agree that the McCain era... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

I agree that the McCain era is over.

McCain came within 5% of gaining the presidency. On the road their on now, the GOP won't get that close for another 20 years. Boehner's proven that - and the upcoming Heath Care reform summit will put another nail in the GOP's coffin.

12. Posted by Stev... (Below threshold)
12. Posted by Steve Green

When did Wizbang recruit a comedian?

As an Arizona voter, look f... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

As an Arizona voter, look for McCain to be defeated in a nasty battle with JD Hayworth. McCain needs to go. I respect his military service, but his opposition to waterboarding, his "can't we all just get along" attitude and willingness to prostitute platforms to demonstrate "bipartisanship", along with his campaign staff blaming Sarah Palin for his failure to become elected, have pretty much ruined his chances of a continued career in politics. McCain also promised to name names and expose pork barrel receipients/projects if he became president. As a Senator, he could and should have been doing that then, and now, regardless of which party is involved. I would think that would be the responsibility of ANY elected official, and not a campaign carrot, after all, isn't it our money, and what we should expect from our elected officials? The government wants to stop waste, fraud and abuse. Its kind of like the bumper sticker "Don't Steal, the government hates competetion". Or how about "Sure you can trust the Federal government, just ask an Indian", "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."
Don't misunderstant, the current crop of crooks aren't totally useless, they can certainly be used as a bad role model.

TAKE BACK AMERICA ONE ELECTION AT A TIME




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