Friday, February 01, 2008
4.0 More Years
I'll make this quick because it's Friday and I'm technically on vacation.
Last night on Hannity & Colmes (I read about this; no I don't fucking watch Hannity & Colmes) everyone's favorite daffy bitch Ann Coulter said she'll campaign for Hillary Clinton if John McCain picks up the GOP nomination. Of course this is really just more of the anything-for-shock-value rhetoric we've come to expect from Annie; she's simple run out of the usual over-the-top nonsense to spew so she now has to resort, ironically, to her own version of Clintonian triangulation.
Still, it fully drives home an interesting phenomenon that's reared its head as of late: the fracturing of the far-right by way of the ascendency of John McCain.
Why do Limbaugh, Coulter and the rest of their ridiculous ilk loathe McCain so much?
He's a Republican. He supported the war in Iraq and still does. He's a bit of a maverick sure, but only in a relative sense; being a slightly "progressive" member of the party that gave us Tom DeLay and James Sensenbrenner doesn't exactly make you Bohemian.
So really, why all the venom?
The answer is simple.
It's because whether or not you agree with his policies or politics, McCain has shown time and time again that he can't be controlled by an outside force. He has his own opinions and the years of experience to back them up and he'll be damned if he's going to be anyone's puppet.
In other words, he's the furthest thing from George Bush.
Of course the nutjobs on the right and the party faithful want to see Mitt Romney in the White House; he's Bush 2.0. Romney is a witless automaton -- a blank slate and a blank mind who'll essentially say whatever you program him to. He's already proven that he's the political equivalent of Rick Moranis's character in Ghostbusters -- just waiting for his overlords to tell him what the hell to do before some other shiny object catches his attention. He's a himbo. A face with nothing behind it. The fucking Stepford Candidate. The perfect pawn.
He can't think for himself, which puts the far-right -- God help us, the neo-cons -- in the position to think for him.
The same way they've done the thinking for George Bush for the past eight years.
Bet on it.