An interesting article from the Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen over at Politico this morning. Apparently, they’re beginning to talk up Gen. David Petraeus and MSNBC token right-winger Joe Scarborough as possible presidential contenders in 2012.
Oh, how generous of them.
It was the media, remember, that gave the Republican Party John McCain in 2008, fawning over him, endorsing him, providing him with glowing coverage as a war hero and the heir apparent as GOP standard-bearer, only to turn around and stab him in the back with sourceless accusations of infidelity within hours of when he seemed to have finally secured the nomination from Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The mainstream press do not want to see the GOP run an actual conservative candidate, as they know that should the American people get those bold colors that Ronald Reagan spoke about, the election would be lost for the Democrats regardless of how many corpses and cartoon characters ACORN could register to vote.
While I like Joe Scarborough (even if he is an Alabama alum), and while I certainly don’t envy his position as head pincushion over at MSNBC, he is a moderate Republican at best. True, his legislative history was certainly promising, with him coming down on the right side of nearly every issue while in Congress and receiving a 95 percent lifetime score from the American Conservative Union, but since then he has embarked on a journey to the center, among other things disparaging former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as being out-of-touch and harboring “hard, hard, hard right” conservative views and denying the notion supported by numerous polls that the United States is a center-right nation.
Scarborough’s tack to the political center has been enough for Christopher Buckley–William’s son, who endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election–to deem him the “new face of the GOP” and maintain that only he can save the Republican Party, for publications like the Huffington Post to declare him the favorite talk show host among liberals, and for his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski to remark, in a letter to the New York Times, that conservative Republicans could learn a lesson or two from Joe.
On our TV and radio programs, and also in his latest book, Joe urges his party to be more moderate in temperament and more accepting of dissent from leaders like former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
Is it any wonder that the mainstream press is already writing in his name as a potential candidate in 2012? Please.
With regard to Gen. Petraeus, whom Bob Dole believes to be the second-coming of Ike Eisenhower, I am not nearly enough aware about his ideas, ideals or politics. Brilliant military commander? Absolutely. The kind of small-government conservative that America needs? I don’t know.
I do, however, know enough to know two things for certain: First, a four-star general does not a solid conservative make. We’ve seen and heard enough of Gen. Colin Powell to know this to be true. Second, as much as I like Bob Dole, such an endorsement from the former presidential contender is akin to Michael Vick endorsing pet care products.
The bottom line is that, when it comes to the next standard-bearer for the Republican Party, the very last segment of the population we should look to for advice is the mainstream press. While I’d love for the two-party system to go the way of the dodo, for the time being the GOP is the only viable political vehicle for conservatism — therefore, it is up to people like you and like me to ensure that the party reflects our views and patches up the holes in the tent over those of us on the right before expanding the tent to cover anyone in the middle. I do know that Joe Scarborough is not the answer. Given the embrace by the media and by Bob Dole, I’m beginning to suspect that Gen. Petraeus is not as well. On the latter, only time will tell.
In the meantime, however, one thing is for certain — beware the media bringing gifts.