Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ruing the Day

I love the expression "you will rue the day that you did such and such." It just sounds so authoritative, so ominous, and so definite. You will rue it. End of story. Did you know that one can rue other things, too? As a verb, rue isn't used much apart from that phrase. I think it should be, because "you will rue your decision," or "you will rue your vote" would both work pretty well and see a lot of use. But I digress.

David Catron--in a piece at The American Spectator--declares that voters "will rue the day they listened to [Ann Coulter] and the establishment Republicans with whom she has now made common cause" and Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. I can only assume that Catron must feel some other candidate has a much better chance to defeat Obama in 2012. And that would be who, exactly? Catron doesn't say.

The bulk of the article is criticism of Romneycare and of Coulter. Really, the attacks on Coulter are fairly viscous, which isn't all that surprising given that the piece is titled Who Castrated Ann Coulter? The unnecessary misogyny aside, Catron makes some fair points. He notes that Coulter criticized McCain for being too much of a moderate, yet now seems comfortable with someone who can easily be viewed as even more moderate than McCain (though such a view is mere opinion, not fact). And that Coulter's defense of Romneycare is based on conservative support of the plan and basic ideas from sources that have long since repudiated that support.

Of course, Catron falters here, as he simply accepts these various reversals but then proceeds to make an issue of Romney's own reversals. Can't have it both ways, Mr. Catron. You can't applaud reversals by some to a favored position, while decrying the reversals of others to that same position. He notes how the folks at Heritage and elsewhere--who once supported an individual mandate--are now adamantly against the same, while simultaneously suggesting that Romney's pledge to repeal Obamacare and the individual mandate can't be taken at face value because Romney once supported the same!

Worse still, Catron attempts to take Coulter to task for her article If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When? He supposes Coulter is ignoring realities with that piece, but then blissfully does the same, completely ignoring the devastating case Coulter makes against Gingrich as the nominee. Catron, in arguing that voters will "rue the day" they voted for Romney, appears to be following that warped RedState line of thinking, where somehow Gingrich is not really the divisive and arrogant prick that he is and that somehow he could actually win the Presidency.

It's not that Romney is any great shakes. I certainly don't think he is, and I'm pretty sure Coulter feels the same way. It's just that he's really the only viable candidate, the only one of the current crop that can actually have a meaningful Presidential campaign this year, even if it ultimately fails. Because frankly, the Republicans need this, if they hope to extend their control of the House and maybe even take control of the Senate.

So, get off Coulter's back and remember the immortal words of the Nature Boy, Ric Flair:
Whether you like, or you don't like it, learn to live with it. Because it's the best thing going today! Whooooooooooooooooooo!

 Cheers, all.

8 comments:

  1. Sometimes you have to work with people you don't like very much in order to advance a larger strategic goal. Like just about everyone else in the GOP, Ann Coulter would like some reincarnated version of Ronald Reagan as the GOP presidential candidate. Since none of the current candidates qualifies, one is confronted with the inevitable compromises. One has the choice of either accepting them or not.

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    1. I agree, you have to play the cards you're dealt.

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  2. I encourage you to check into Rick Santorum.
    This is coming from Missouri, where every county selected him over Romney, and expect me to attend our county caucus.

    I give all the credit to polls which they are due, nil. Yet, perhaps I stray a bit myself, because I want to refer to one poll in particular, because it showed Santorum beating Obama in the general election.

    I consider it no virtue to be well adjusted in a perverse culture. And I see no victory in seating a Republican in the Oval Office unless he acts upon conservative principles - like being constrained to the Constitution, which would not limit the growth of government, nor tweak policy, but greatly reduce it.

    If I am right, wrong, or just badly misinformed, let us keep watching. We endeavour to persevere.

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    1. Well, when it comes to governing, it's very important--for any President or potential President--to consider who the people are that they would listen to, who they would surround themselves with. Look at Obama, in this regard. Bad news all the way around, imo. I think Bush--for all of his faults--at least had people there he could listen to. And I think Romney is more likely--just my opinion--to look for the right people, as opposed to Santorum (whom I think will look for people that think just like he does on everything) and Gingrich (whom I think doesn't listen to anyone else, so the issue is moot). Thanks for the thoughtful comments.

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  3. Everyone's forgotten about Newt already, apparently. A few short weeks ago, he was going to ride his horse all the way to the nomination. Now I'm hearing similar things about Santorum. Hmmm. I wonder whether the same people are involved in publicity.

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    1. Surely, some people are actually employed, not merely involved. I can only speak for myself, and "No, my only interest is my own keester, and a feeling that I want my children to inherit the America I thought I grew up in, only with neater toys."

      Good?

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    2. I refer you to the first post in the thread, if you want to know my views on this particular subject.

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    3. I think--by and large--the media is lazy. All it takes is one major source to say "look at this" and the rest fall all over themselves, for fear of being left behind.

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