Posted on | November 24, 2011 | 21 Comments
— by Wombat-socho
Young Miss McCain is in the news again, pouting that Newt isn’t taking her seriously. This is just common sense on the former speaker’s part. No Republican, much less conservative, with two functional brain cells regards the daughter of Stacy’s Crazy Cousin John as anything but an object for derision and mockery. Like other wannabe pundits in her age group, she expects to be treated as a respected pundit despite a track record of behavior that doesn’t qualify one as Republican, much less conservative. And why this expectation? Because she is, after all, the daughter of a Senator prominent in the GOP, one who was recently nominated as its presidential candidate.
Never mind that the father has spent decades teaching his daughter by example by sticking his thumb in the eye of conservatives; never mind that Miss McCain has produced no works showing evidence of coherent thought or cognition. She demands respect; she is Republican by birth and theoretically prominent in the younger element of the GOP. One wonders whether she’d actually be welcome among real live Young Republicans or the Young Americans for Freedom.
Turning now to the former Speaker of the House and supposed Catholic Nancy Pelosi, who lately insisted that Republicans were determined to see women dead on the floors of doctors’ offices on account of their opposition to Federal abortion funding, I see in the news that Pelosi has been called out on the obvious conflicts between her religion and her political actions. Pelosi claims to be a Catholic, and one of the notable policies of that religion is a staunch opposition to abortion. This is not some muddled policy paper produced by lay staffers and signed by fuddled bishops, but a declaration from Pope after Pope from the Chair of Peter. It is no more debatable than the divinity of Christ or transubstantiation. For the ex-Speaker to opine that “Catholics of good conscience can disagree with the Church’s position on abortion” is not only wrong, but given her position, actively damaging to the Church since she is in a position of public influence and highly visible. Pelosi was born Catholic, and seems to follow the rituals by habit, but in practice she is no more Catholic than Meggie Mac is actually Republican.
Neither Catholicism nor Republicanism are ethnic groups or tribes. You can’t simply be born into them. There are basic doctrines that must be conformed to if you want to be taken seriously. If you don’t, you confuse people about what the Church or the GOP stand for, and those of us who are serious about our politics and our faith are obliged to oppose you. In the case of Nancy Pelosi, it’s incumbent on both the hierarchy and lay members of the Church to call her out on her wishful thinking; it the case of Meggie Mac, it is incumbent on all right-thinking Republicans and conservatives to mock, deride, taunt and ridicule the young airhead until the stops being such a public spectacle and somehow finds a clue. Or, as Tammy Bruce suggests: