It’s official. The Republican Party has declared open season on scapegoats. John McCain is next in line (they’ve already skewered Sarah Palin).
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says the Party lost because they abandoned their “brand” of governing: “freedom, religious-based values and limited government.” He places the blame on Bush, Ted Stevens and John McCain.
Bush we understand. He was led into an unwinnable war by Rumsfeld and Cheney, and isn’t quite smart enough to figure out how to pay for no-bid war support contracts, relief for natural disasters, the Clinton mortgage meltdown, and still have enough to give enough rebates to jump-start the economy.
And Ted Stevens, the icon of old-guard corruption. Caught taking bribes, convicted in federal court, he still denies he did anything wrong, and wants to go back to work siphoning federal funds to the only state in the Union that gives tax payments instead of collecting income tax, because there’s so much oil revenue.
But John McCain? After winning the nomination away from 2 very religious contenders (Huckabee and Romney), he courted the religious right by picking Sarah Palin. He did everything right except ignore the Washington Party elite. It wasn’t his fault he lost. The party bosses just weren’t ready for a woman who wouldn’t keep her mouth shut and stay in the background.
Unfortunately, it looks like DeMint just has a grudge agains McCain:
“McCain, who is proponent of campaign finance reform that weakened party organizations and basically put George Soros in the driver’s seat,” DeMint said. “His proposal for amnesty for illegals. His support of global warming, cap-and-trade programs that will put another burden on our economy. And of course, his embrace of the bailout right before the election was probably the nail in our coffin this last election. And he has been an opponent of drilling in ANWR, at a time when energy is so important. It really didn’t fit the label, but he was our package.”
McCain wasn’t the problem, just the package. I’m sure that package is going to be attacked again before it’s over. Fortunately, John McCain can take it.
Sources include: CNN