Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Will Senate Republicans Make McCain Minority Leader?


Most of the Senate Republicans support-- albeit reluctantly-- McCain for president. Even the ones he threatened, cursed at, and berated, like hapless clown John Cornyn, have endorsed him. And although several have been forced by their state's political circumstances to distance themselves from his campaign-- particularly the spectacularly shady Gordon Smith-- my guess is that the only one who will actually not vote for him is Ted Stevens, who hates his guts and has been known to try obtaining McCain fingernail clippings and hair for some unknown purpose. But while Obama's support (and McCain's lack thereof) among white people turns out to be surprising pundits-- even better than Bill Clinton's was-- I was wondering how deeply McCain's support among white Republican senators really is. Why don't they make him the minority leader of their Senate rump caucus after today's drubbing?

In this morning's NY Times Bob Herbert succinctly defines Obama's phrase “The fierce urgency of now."
Well, if your house is on fire and your family is still inside, that’s an example of the fierce urgency of now.

Something like that is the case in the United States right now as Americans go to the polls in what is probably the most important presidential election since World War II. A mind-boggling series of crises is threatening not just the short-term future but the very viability of the nation.

The economy is sinking into quicksand. The financial sector, guardian of the nation’s wealth, is leaning on the crutch of a trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout. The giant auto companies-- for decades the high-powered, gas-guzzling, exhaust-spewing pride of American industry-- are on life support.

As the holiday shopping season approaches, the nation is hemorrhaging jobs, the value of the family home has plunged, retirement plans are shrinking like ice cubes on a hot stove and economists are telling us the recession has only just begun.

It’s in that atmosphere that voters today will be choosing between the crisis-management skills of Senator Obama, who has enlisted Joe Biden as aide-de-camp, and those of Senator John McCain, who is riding to the rescue with Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber in tow.

The American people have spent over a year looking at McCain's approach and Obama's approach and they've decided, in overwhelming numbers, if the polls are to believed, that they reject McCain's approach-- basically a continuation of the Bush/Republican Party orthodoxy that McCain has supported every step of the way into the pit they have dug for us. But most Republicans still support that approach-- and McCain.

If they feel McCain is so fit to lead the country out of this mess, why don't they make him the minority leader, especially if-- as seems possible-- GOP Senate obstructionist-in-chief Mitch McConnell is defeated today? Let's face it, even though he's not likely to accept defeat with grace and dignity, he's not going to run for president again in 2012 and that distinction will belong to Romney (the Mormon Empire is the biggest bastion of GOP support left outside of the old slaveholding states), Palin (low IQ voters-- Roman Hruska's "mediocre people"-- seem to have found their contemporary G. Harrold Carswell) and Huckleberry... plus whatever fiery bigots or empty suits a party devoid of ideas spews out willy-nilly to save the day.

Meanwhile, if the GOP really wants to stand for more of the same and for staying the course, who better to lead them than John W. McSame, someone who has gotten up before the American people and made it perfectly clear that, although he might move a deck chair facing leeward to starboard, basically he wouldn't make any changes in course whatsoever? Certainly if they were willing to saddle us with him-- despite the erratic, gratuitously nasty, and uncooperative nature they all say privately they detest-- they can have no objections about putting him above themselves, can they? Let's see how they feel after today when there are 8 less of them.

And, of course, then there's Lieberman, who seems to be sending clear signals that he's now a Republican officially. He was whining to the media today that if the Democrats-- his own caucus, supposedly-- reach the 60 vote threshhold, he would fear for the "survival" of America. Now which Democrats campaigned for him over Ned lamont in 2006?



At 9:24 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Howie, Can you email me? I have a progressive election scorecard I made based on one of your posts. I want to email it to you.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

I can't e-mail you because I don't know your e-mail address. Mine is downwithtyranny@gmail.com

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no. Too old plus they hate him.

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We live in a time where Oprah Winfrey is the new king maker. She went on TV, made an emotional appeal, and her audience swept Hillary Clinton aside for an inexperienced Chicago Machine politician with ties to some of the most unsavory characters imaginable. Then in the general election she tells everybody again that "its the right thing to do" and they do it again.

The Presidency is not an experiment in "feels good". Its not an opportunity to give a gift to black people at the expense of national security. I see this election as a media orchestrated "pied piper" parade. Oprah and the rest of the networks played their flutes and all the emotional lemmings marched right into the sea. And behind all this are the puppet-masters. While the Republicans have taken the hit for the economy, the guys who put us into this mess, the Presidents of Goldman Sachs and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are either running for office as Democrats or are members of the "Pelosi 100" seeking cover from corruption charges by contributing to the Democratic Party.

I see very little to be happy about. Just one more piece of evidence that the average american is an emotional sheep and can easily be manipulated to mob rule. The true tyranny is in the majority manipulated by the most cynical elements of our society.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a kentucky resident, yes please feel sorry for me, and this conversation about McCain taking over as Minority Leader is all the buzz here in the media. The only reason anyone can even fathom the meeting between McCain and Obama is to navigate the road/clear path for McCain, also to ask for his help in getting the auto bailout. McConnell has yet to recognize that our state depends on manufacturing jobs. Every county in Ky is somehow tied to Ford, General Electric, Toyota, and or Honda. We have them all right here in this big old red state. McConnell will not go peaceably, he will fight to the bitter end and his grip is tight!


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