If Mr. Charles P. Pierce is to be trusted, it looks like I may have been wrong about the 2016 primaries already, or else “obvious anagram Reince Priebus” is:
The occasion was the New Hampshire GOP’s First Annual “Liberty Dinner“… a chance to get an early glimpse of what the next Republican campaign is going to be like…. And lord above, what a pipsqueak Reince Priebus is… He spent five minutes talking about the administration’s contempt for the Constitution.
“A president that touts ego, power, and a hatred for dissent above everything else, that’s Barack Obama, that’s the leader of this country. I don’t think this administration realizes that the First Amendment wasn’t a suggestion. The Bill of Rights is not a wish list, it’s a set of non-negotiable limits on the federal government.”
He thereupon ripped Eric Holder for wanting to read Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber and to Osama bin Laden (?). It’s all just conjuring and code words but, between the lines, there was a clear indication that the 2016 Republican presidential campaign is going to be a tangled ball of seething resentment and unbridled victimology. The whining and poor-mouthing is going to be audible on Mars as the party staggers, blinking, out of the mental moonscape into which eight years of radical Kenyan Muslim socialism has placed it…
… Priebus is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he does know two things: 1) that he needs the crazoids in the monkeyhouse because they are the only reliable source of political energy that the party has, and 2) that dependence on those same crazoids is going to be eternally toxic to the party in general elections from now until Rand Paul’s grandchildren are misquoting James Madison. That may well be the function that Senator Aqua Buddha serves. He may be the spark-gap between those two opposing dynamics on which Priebus’s job ultimately depends. If he can drain enough of the Tea Party’s energy into what will still be a fairly conventional Republican primary campaign — the difference between Michele Bachmann and Rand Paul on the social issues is not vast at all –then he might just be able to straddle the consequences in November. When you hear Republicans talk about how Rand Paul is “not like his father,” this is what they mean. He would be the vehicle to keep just enough of the Tea Party faction inside the party so that the party could then ignore whatever of the Tea Party chooses to remain outside. The great Bobby Lounge of Louisiana cautions us that “A mule with aspirations ain’t worth anything.” However, a Judas Goat with ambition can go a long, long way.
If the GOP’s Permanent Party, the guys with the keys to the primary ballot boxes, have decided that Rand ‘Thanksdad’ Paul will be their bulwark against the hardcore Believers… well, I think they underestimate the negative energies of St. Rick Sanctorum and his ilk. I also think it’s gonna be even harder to keep the Paultrons in line than it will be to corral the “religious”, because if there’s anything a dedicated Ron-Paul-for-LIBERTY! primary voter cherishes more than his bitcoin & kruggerand stockpile, it’s that bold pure rush of outsider contrarianosity that comes when the local wardheelers call the cops to escort you out of the VFW hall on primary day.
Upon one thing, however, I think we can all agree: You can’t take your eyes off these bastids, or there’s no way we’ll ever get the stains out of the drapes.
Apart from premature speculation, what’s on the agenda tonight?