WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2015 – Hey, Jeb, three strikes and you’re out! According to the New York Times, “Mr. Bush, under great pressure to have a strong debate that would reassure his supporters and change the trajectory of his struggling campaign, had another lackluster night, raising the possibility that uncommitted donors will write him off and embrace candidates like Mr. Rubio.”
The dyed-in-the-wool collection of Marxian dialectical materialists, those silly kids at the New York Times, believe that temporal reality revolves around money. If that were so, why is Jeb, once the 800-pound gorilla of campaign fundraising, doing so poorly?
Could it be a profound lack of message?
And today’s politics – so awash in leftist demagoguery – mandates that right-of-center Republicans engage in some healthy mudslinging. This upsets the tangential Jeb, who told the New York Times recently, “Elect Trump if you want that.”
Jeb accidentally stumbled on a profound truth: The 2016 Republican nominee for president will have to be more than a pretty face. He or she will have to be a rhetorical pit bull. A fire-breather.
John McCain and Mitt Romney were marshmallow candidates who believed in nothing – other than running a “clean campaign.”
Democratic candidates have no problem telling voters that Republicans want to kill infants and the elderly, want to see women sold into the fleshpots of the Argentine and melt the polar ice caps, drowning all those adorable polar bears.
In short, Republicans, no matter how obsequious, are all Bond villains.
But the GOP’s presidential outsiders appear ready to give as good as they get.
When GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson correctly stated, “You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in the nation since slavery. And it is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”
CNN’s Don Lemon was outraged. “How can you compare a health care program to the… oppression and abuse of black people in this country?”
Dr. Carson refused to back down. “The issue here is that we have turned over to the government the most important thing we have, which is our health and our health care. And for those who are well read, they will know that many people who do not have the interest of the United States at heart, have advocated making the population dependent in order to achieve the, quote, utopian society,” said Carson.
“Are you saying the president and this administration don’t have Americans’ best interest at heart?” asked Lemon.
“The reason this is the next best thing [to slavery],” Carson insisted, “is because it is taking the most important thing that you have and subjecting it to control by the government. That is the first step to government control of everything… this is the beginning of a fundamental change of moving away from a government that is for, of and by the people to a government that is for, of and by the government. It flies in the face of what America is all about.”
When Carson employed the same analogy during an interview with Roland Martin, a syndicated columnist and host of “News One Now,” a perturbed Martin asked, “Why even bring that [slavery] up? I’ve seen other folks who use slavery in their analogies and the point I make is: leave that alone… because what happens is when we go there, then all of a sudden it brings [up] other issues.”
Ah yes, “other issues.”
Like a great and once free people fated to languish as serfs toiling in the service of one man’s dictatorial monument to self love – with a malevolent, targeting IRS as his whip-cracking overseers.
Like Ben Carson and Donald Trump, Republicans need to stop whining about media bias, refuse to accept the premises of their loaded questions, refuse to be corrected by them and fight.
For his part, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the CNBC moderators of Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, “The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. Everyone home tonight knows that the moderators have no intention of voting in a Republican primary.”
He added, “The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense, than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.”
Republican presidential moderates – those who stand for nothing and must rely on the Democratic Party’s Bolsheviks and Mensheviks for ideas – will get no traction in 2016 as long as their GOP rivals are combative, unapologetic and in the face of the organized left and their button-eyed media sock puppets.
I hope mean Trump, mean Carson and mean Cruz keep slinging that mud. Nice guys won’t save America.
Because, as Jeb Bush will soon discover, nice guys finish last.