Attack of the Raging Professional Moderates!
Politico brings us: The Frummish Report. Politico trolled for Republicans who don't like the Paul Ryan pick, and then wrote about them. Here's a sample.
“I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,” said former President George W. Bush senior adviser Mark McKinnon.
Mark McKinnon...wait. That name rings a bell. Wasn't he the Democrat who switched to make George W. Bush's ads, then later was the McCain poo-bah who refused to attack Barack Obama in 2008 because Obama is black? Why yes, that's him, officer.
When President Obama flouted the law and granted amnesty-lite to millions of illegal aliens by fiat, where was Mark McKinnon? Oh, he was clapping and cheering Obama on.
Where was McKinnon when Obama made the obviously political calculation to support gay marriage? Cheering the president on again.
When Obama's bin Laden political ads drew fire from Republicans, where was Mark McKinnon? He was criticizing the Republicans for criticizing those ads.
While the country has been in the grip of a lawless and hard left administration, where has McKinnon been? On the sidelines, trying to blur politics with the No Labels nonsense.
I don't mean to single Mark McKinnon out here. My actual target is not him, but Politico. Mark McKinnon does not represent the base of the GOP, and I'm sure he would admit that if asked. He's a professional moderate who represents a sliver of a slice of a few moderate GOP consultants and candidates, many of whom are actually moderate Democrats in ideology. They're not the base and not where the energy in the GOP is. Politico sought him out probably because they knew he would be sour on the Ryan pick, and he delivered. Politico gets to print the storyline it wanted to print.
But while McKinnon et al wring their hands, Paul Ryan is out-drawing his counterpart in campaign appearances and the Romney campaign is raising millions by showing boldness and taking the fight to the other side. That's exactly the kind of thing the McKinnons of the world hate, and it's one of the reasons we're dealing with the wreckage that is the Obama administration now.