I guess if upcycling and found art are still hip, we can refer to Erick “Voice of the GOP Gated Community” Erickson as a found comedian:
…The fight has gotten so bitter and acrimonious with only three states chosen because neither side thinks the other side can win. Gingrich supporters understand that the secularists in the media — not the Democrats, but the media to the extent it can be separated from the Obama Machine — will spend six months creeping out independent suburban voters about Mormons, holy underwear, Kolob, postmortem baptism, and views on black people and then, as the coup de grace, Barack Obama will fire up millions of dollars of ads on Bain Capital raiding pension funds forcing the government to cover the debt so Mitt Romney could make millions whether he won or lost a deal.
Romney supporters understand Newt Gingrich will open his mouth.
In the ensuing scramble to elevate some other Not-Mitt-Not-Newt choice (can Pawlenty re-enter? Is Erickson’s mancrush Perry hopelessly tarnished?) a couple of self-styled historians discuss the last successful GOP candidate to arise from a brokered convention:
Harding was responsible for ending a recession. He cut government by about 1/3 and cut the heck out of Wilson’s income tax rates. So we entered what were called the “Roaring 20′s”. Not a bad candidate. His “cronyism” can be ignored as piking by today’s standards (Solyndra out-does Teapot Dome by several thousand times).
Karl Rove notoriously attempted to model Dubya after William McKinley, so presumably the Harding Administration is a natural model for the Cheney Regency’s intended successor. But sanctifying a man best remembered for getting his mistress pregnant in the Oval Office while his cronies stole everything but the copper out of the walls is going to be, shall we say, challenging for anyone outside the RedState cargo cult. (He does look a bit like Mitch Daniels, though… )