Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yes, but…

Lots of chatter about Patrick Ruffini's frustration with his party's direction…
If you want to get a sense of how unserious and ungrounded most Americans think the Republican Party is, look no further than how conservatives elevate Joe the Plumber as a spokesman. The movement has become so gimmick-driven that Wurzelbacher will be a conservative hero long after people have forgotten what his legitimate policy beef with Obama was.
Ruffini's frustration with the conservative canonization of (not) Joe the (not) Plumber is understandable, but the problem isn't really with how unserious and ungrounded Americans think the Republicans are. The problem is that the Republicans are truly, and increasingly, unserious and ungrounded.

So much so, in fact, that Republicans like Ruffini continue to feed the notion that Sam Wurzelbacher actually had a "legitimate policy beef" with Obama. Nothing erodes legitimacy like lies, and Wurzelbacher's "beef" involved lies about who he was, what he planned to do and how Obama's proposals might affect him.

In other words, to become a Republican spokesman all he did, all he had to do, was lie.

Because that's what they do. That's all they've got.

In fact, Sam the Liar's the perfect Republican spokesman.

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