Ray Kroc, the man who built McDonald’s, once said that if his competition was drowning, “he’d stick a garden hose in his mouth. inch A very American attitude toward life and winning, which has never taken root in our Republican establishment standard-bearers. Odd, since it was Reagan who notoriously said, “Here’s my strategy on the Cold War. We win. They lose” – or, more germane to the nation-wide politics of 2016, quipped that she was reluctant to allow a government shutdown until one day he asked himself, “What’s the worst that could happen? inch
But almost like Reagan never lived, the sad simple truth is that you almost always find Republican establishment types today parading around in the 1950s two piece prom dresses liberals hand them to wear – a thinking they’re encouraged in by conservative establishment pundits like Charles Krauthammer, or most particularly Peggy Noonan, when, in “A Break outs Leader in a Grave Time” (12/18/15), knocking Trump, she says this:
[O]ne thing an effective leader should do is know what can be misinterpreted and guard against it, so what can be misconstrued and used to paint you – and your followers – as bigoted. Leaders try hard not to let that happen. It is the required research of nation-wide politics.
Whew! Coming from Ms. Noonan, I assume this is the gold standard of establishment thinking. But what a method by which to define command or persistance. From the Ms. Noonan sideswiping Dorothy Palin (during McCain’s campaign? )#) with the comment that we need leaders who can consider problems. Scanning this mush, you’re forced to ask – what types of thinking through does it take to conclude that effective command requires one not saying that which can be “misconstrued and used to paint you—and your followers—as bigoted”? News flash: Democrats always misconstrue and paint Republicans as bigoted. It’s what they do, the fetid air they survive on. Indeed, there’s nothing Republicans can say, ever, that Democrats won’t misconstrue or lie about. Pretending there is just means you allow the left to regulate the debate.
Besides, was not it Balfour, one of the most civilized, innovative, gentlemanly political figures who ever lived, who said “to conform the opposition any respect is to provide it an advantage to which it is not entitled”?
So let’s be honest, Peggy: as long as Trump’s mouth is moving, Republicans are for the first time in regarding green decade actually owning the political agenda – making liberals to guard the indefensible on immigration, security, trade, and over-regulation princess formal dresses australia, not to mention the Clintons’ sordid and sorry very personal war against women.
And if you do somehow manage to closed him up, where are you? Only back to pirouetting in front of your bedroom mirror, wearing the pink tulle and snug princess-cut bodice your adversaries think you look best in.