Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mike Paul v. Ron Paul via Pat Buchanan
This is a truly bizarre exchange.
Mike Paul says the GOP needs to reach out to minorities and listen to young, fresh ideas. Since the only young people with any sort of energy and fresh ideas in this years Republican race were the Ron Paul supporters one assume Mike would be on board for Gary Johnson in 2012. After all the former New Mexico Governor has been an advocate of drug decriminalization for years, which is one of the three or four biggest issues facing many young people and minorities in America today.
Instead Mike Paul is simply spitting out empty platitudes aimed at shutting down any "traditionalist" takeover. You see in the eyes of Mike Paul, David Brooks, and friends, these "traditionalists" are somehow most strongly represented in the person of Sean Hannity, a New Yorker, with a transparently phony interest in country music, and a look (and attitude) strikingly similar to an anti-hero in a Bret Ellis novel. Since those scary, nominally Christian folks are too dangerous to allow at the helm of the party, weirdos that believe in things like the gold standard or getting rid of federal departments, like Ron Paul, should have no say in the direction of the party post-blowout 08. After all, when the good doctor goes to Manhattan he's signing books for the plebes, not having cocktails with Maureen Dowd.
In fact the only thing worse to the neocons and Wall Street-firsters than Ron Paul and his supporters, might be Patrick J. Buchanan, who seems to offend Mike Paul in the clip above by asking him to "examine himself," a suggestion Mike ought to take to heart. Pat has been right about virtually every major issue facing the nation over the last fifteen years, and his call to bring the party back toward its conservative base makes more sense than the "big tent" strategy of trying to out liberal the liberals.
If the GOP cares about staying alive, not only should they listen to Mr. Buchanan, they should take a look at the recent history of their Democratic opponents.
The Democratic tide that has swept the country in the last two elections, has a lot to do with the fact that rank-and-file Dems had buyers remorse after the Kerry campaign, and put the 04 netroots Messiah, Howad Dean, at the front of their party. Dean had the good sense to run a fifty state strategy, that actually molded the parties branding to the whims, wants and needs of voters in each individual county. This is why Democrats likes Heath Shuler and Jon Tester got elected in the supposedly "liberal" party. Dean and the Dems understand the populist appeals that can be made to their base and use them effectively. That these appeals are sometimes dangerously statists, does not make them any less real or tangible.
The mess that is the GOP will likely leave the actual traditionalist right with some opportunities, but I have my doubts precisely because of squabbles like the one represented in the video above. Buchanan was right on every pressing issue of our time and he is still treated as if he is an aloof old man by those in the party who have the money, media monopoly and institutions in their grasp.
The Deanics seized control of a party that was running against the evil "other" and defined themselves as the anti-war party, of working class Bush victims. The Republicans refuse to allow anti-war officials to even have a voice, and are too busy bailing out Wall Street to care about Main Street.
The Democrats listened to their youth movement, followed the internet phenom, and created their own institutions, media personalities and political language from that framework. Insurgents in the GOP will be fighting against Brent Bozell, Tony Perkins and Fox News, as much or more than they are fighting against the remnants of the Bush Administration.
There isn't a vacuum in the GOP right now, there are a bunch of power mongers looking to take the whole table for themselves without offering any one else, ESPECIALLY the populists, a seat.
Which raises the question; why not make our own table?
Posted by Dylan Hales at 8:44 PM