This was odd yesterday:
Representatives of Republican candidates are meeting today in Ames, Iowa for what is essentially a real estate auction, buying up the best pieces of the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University, where Augusts’ Ames Straw Poll will be held.
The presence of operatives who refuse to identify which candidate they work for, however, has led the representatives of the declared candidates to threaten to walk….
Sources tell ABC News, the mystery candidate is Rep. Thad McCotter, R- Mich., an undeclared candidate….
McCotter’s been <A HREF=”http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55546.html”>hinting</A> at a run for a while, and if he does run, I’m jazzed. When the general public begins to take a look at the Republican Party, I want one of the faces of the party to be a guy who writes prose like this, from 2008:
…No starker episode exhibits our anile need for a moral hospice before we slither into the dust bin of history than the one playing out before Americans’ astonished eyes. Legacy building with the urgency of a dying Pharaoh staring at an unfinished Sphinx, George Walker Bush is bent upon being the first U.S. President to attend a foreign nation’s Olympics. The nation in question is communist China, the shock troops of which are presently bludgeoning Tibetan Monks as if they were orange bathrobed baby seals. (One shudders at the prospect this Tibetan repression is the Chi-coms’ sedulous sally into Olympic demonstration sports.)
Notwithstanding the Global Generation’s remaining misanthropes’ unsophisticated quibbling (i.e., me and mine), our Compassionate Conservative-in-Chief has eagerly RSVP’ed to the communist dictatorship’s dramatic recreation of the Berlin Olympics. Given “The Decider’s” resolve, hope dims we might disabuse his whimsy that watching a wobbling discus with the wanton butchers of Tiananmen Square can advance the sacred cause of human freedom….
Or, more recently, this:
Today, the Campaigner-in-Chief and his host of leftist lemmings are again stereotyping Republicans as everything but American. Whence stems their fear?
It is because, less than two years after leftists and their parroting pundits proclaimed our party’s epitaph, resilient Republicans have arisen anew to define freedom for this New American Century.
Dude thinks he’s writing eighteenth-century pamphlets — that is, when he’s not rockin’ out, maaan! with various bands, one of which used to be a Congress-based combo called the Second Amendments. Or hanging with Dennis Miller, one of his great admirers. Or sharing his Ichabod-Crane-channels-Ayn-Rand comedy stylings in one of his many appearances on Fox’s Red Eye with Greg Smirkfeld. Or wasting your tax dollars making floor speeches like this, in which he — har har! — tells people “how to speak Democrat” (“‘Government’ means ‘socialism.’ ‘Democrats support proactive government’ — translatio0n: ‘Democrats support proactive socialism'”):
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Or this, in which he engages in painful wingnut wordplay on Led Zeppelin tunes:
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In a sane society, this guy would be working behind the counter at a libertarian bookstore, living in his parents’ basement, and heading toward 50 wondering if he’ll ever get a date. As it is, he’s the chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee and he thinks he can be president. But he still radiates loserhood. Add him to the clown car, please!
And don’t expect much gravitas from <A HREF=”http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/23/v-print/2281455/perry-gets-tepid-response-at-latino.html”>this guy,</A> an A-lister who also seems to be <A HREF=”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304569504576403751413473280.html”>joining the race:</A>
<blockquote>Gov. Rick Perry received a tepid response when he addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, joking about the pronunciation of a Hispanic appointee’s last name and frequently staring blankly at the audience when they failed to respond to his conservative applause lines.
… a joke about how perfect it was to appoint Jose Cuevas to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission because his name sounds like Jose Cuervo – a brand of tequila – fell flat….</blockquote>
Really, who needs Palin and Trump?