The Other McCain

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‘The TMZ-ing of the Presidency’

Posted on | November 19, 2010 | 3 Comments

That’s Patrick Ishmael’s criticism of the insistence on an early start for the 2012 GOP presidential primary campaign, particularly the recent announcement that the first Republican debate will be scheduled for next spring at the Reagan Library. Ishmael points out that Ronald Reagan didn’t even officially announce his 1980 campaign until November 1979 — less than three months before the New Hampshire primary. Nice video:

While mindful of the coattail effects that the Republican presidential nominee will have in 2012, for good or ill, I wish grassroots conservatives would focus their attention on opposing the 22 Democrat senators who are up for re-election in 2012. Identifying, recruiting and supporting good conservative candidates in the GOP Senate primaries in those states will be as important as anything else the grassroots could be doing over the next two or three months.

Given the advantages that will accrue to House Republicans due to redistricting, it seems rather unlikely that Democrats can put the Speaker’s gavel back in Nancy Pelosi’s hands any time soon. On the other hand, not to be unduly pessimistic, a study of recent history suggests that the natural advantages of incumbency favor Obama’s chances for re-election. 

However, it is entirely feasible that Republicans can gain upwards of 10 Senate seats in 2012 — especially if the grassroots will begin laying the groundwork now, and not leave the process of candidate recruitment to that treacherous bastard John Cornyn and his bumbling incompetents on the NRSC staff.

Insofar as I’m concerned at all about the first Republican presidential debate, it is to hope that Herman Cain will be on that stage at the Reagan Library. Underestimate him at your peril.


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