Smarts and Subsidiaritianism Conquers Republican Identity Politics

Romney nominated a grown-up.  The best and the brightest of the pack.  Who couldn’t like a candidate who cares enough (for their own good) to send 90 cranky Georgetown professors to bed without supper to teach them not to throw temper tantrums about Catholic principles and big words they do not bother to try to understand before bloviating about them in the public square?

I’m also deeply relieved Romney rejected Rubio.  It’s probably the best chance Rubio has to prove himself in a substantive way, rather than being artificially elevated through the system on the basis of his identity.  Far too many right-of-center pundits carried on about Rubio’s imagined “articulateness” and the “great speeches he was making” while studiously pretending not the see the enormous stumbles that defined his Florida political career.

I don’t care much that Rubio got into a bit of trouble for using the Party’s credit cards (though it doesn’t speak well of his ability to manage money), but he was a little too close to high-ranking crooks; he showed bad faith on illegal immigration, and he accepted a sleazy no-show job with an inflated salary from a community college — while overseeing state expenditures to colleges.  Worse, that’s about the sum total of what he did on the job in Florida, where the Republican leadership (of which he was one) needed a big ethical kick in the pants.

Not fatal, but not pretty, and it should have been enough to blunt the beltway fawning (it didn’t).  I actually trust Rubio to get better with time and think this is good news for him.  He would have had no reason to grow in the job if the punditry had succeeded in crowning him the Republican’s Own-Specially-Articulate-Multi-Cult-Answer to Obama.

The pundits, in turn, should be relieved they dodged a bullet they fired, then ran past, then ducked under, just barely.  Hopefully they will come to see this flirtation in a sober light.  When identity politics become a mantra across the political spectrum, pretty soon all you can hear is the humming.

G.K. Chesterton, of course, would have had something to say to both the fawning beltwayers and the braying Georgetowners.  He scoffed at those with inflated faith in their ability to use a little learning to create a “supernormal and miraculous moral factory, in which perfect men and women are made by magic.”  He was referring to university education but it applies as well to political punditry.

The idea is to defeat Obama, not channel him.

Or, as my friend Chrissy wrote this morning, and I plead guilty only to quoting her: “Cutie-buns for VP!”




2 thoughts on “Smarts and Subsidiaritianism Conquers Republican Identity Politics”

  1. I would be very careful about trusting Romney since I agree with the Watcher’s Council:

    Research indicates that both Obama and Romney’s biggest donor is Goldman Sachs. There is no reason to believe that anything will change under Romney. Furthermore, Paul Ryan is also supposedly guilty of insider trading involving Goldman Sachs:

    Although I believe that Obama and Romney are both criminals, a possible reason why Obama keeps talking about Romney’s records is because Obama knows that Romney is a criminal. For example, Romney supposedly committed voter fraud:

    Also, have you ever wondered why Romney destroyed his office records while he was governor? Romney may not want people to know that Bain owned a company called Stericycle that disposed of aborted fetuses. Although some say that Romney severed ties with Bain in 2002, Bain went on to haul in huge profits from Stericycle’s disposal of aborted babies from 2002-2004 while Romney was governor. I speculate that at least some of the paperwork that Romney destroyed while he was governor may have documented Romney’s involvement in coordinating state funded abortions in Romneycare. Did Bain-owned Stericycle profit in any way from any legislation that Romney may have enacted or coordinated between 2002-2004?

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