Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Continuing his McCain bashing, Hugh Hewitt ventures ever nearer absurdity:

GOP voters value loyalty and always have. Forcing a jam down through Judiciary with the help of his smitten colleagues and Democratic votes deals the party an enormous blow, and threatens not only DeWine but all the other shakey [sic] Senate seats as well as the potential pick-ups in New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington.

That's not party loyalty. That's party self-loathing.

The GOP has to run in November on its strongest card which is the reliability of the president and the party he leads in the GWOT.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I've never voted in an election and thought to myself, "Well, John McCain is not being loyal to the party, so I'm going to take it out on Rick Santorum." (Was George Bush himself loyal to the party when he endorsed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004?) Don't be fooled, either: of those states, only New Jersey, Maryland, and Minnesota are (so far) legitimately in play, Minnesota more so than the other two, and nothing Bush or McCain does is going to change that.

It's not difficult to see where Hewitt is going with this. First, such a nonsensical position enables him, a Bush Republican through and through, to remove attention from the real source of the party's woes, President Bush's poor poll numbers. Hewitt says they don't matter, but they do. Why else are candidates running scared? Second, when electoral setbacks come -- as they likely will; it's just a question of how big -- in November, it allows Hewitt to blame defeat not on Bush and the drag his low numbers place on the GOP but on "wayward" senators like McCain, DeWine, and Graham.


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