Sunday, July 03, 2011

Thaddeus McCotter for President?

He blows the rest of the field out of the water when it comes to immigration restrictionism (see A+). Since that issue dwarfs all others in my mind, I guess I have to say he's my guy. He was also the first Congress critter to attack the 2008 Bush-Paulson bailout plan and he voted against Obamacare. He's definitely on board with the neocon warhawks, however. Still, an aspiring President who wants to break two of the three prongs steadily moving towards our nation's heart--described ingeniously by Steve as "invade the world, invite the world, in hoc to the world"--is certainly tolerable at this point.

Although his national name recognition is almost nonexistent at the moment, Thaddeus (who goes by "Thad") has the benefit of a monosyllabic, uncommon--and therefore memorable--first name (ie, "Rush" and "Mitt"). I hope he catches on.


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

not much of a looker though

Kalim Kassam said...

To his credit, he's a proponent of Wilhelm Röpke's economics; to his discredit, he's a proponent of the auto bailout.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

Thanks for the heads up, AE. I'll probably write Thad in in November, '12.

jamie b. said...

"In hoc to the world" means "in this respect to the world"? I don't understand.

Audacious Epigone said...

Kalim,

He's a congressman from Michigan though, so that strikes me as almost a given. Ron Paul is one in a million (or 1 in 435, anyway--the other 434 unfortunately have at least some desire to bring home the bacon).

Jamie,

Yeah, it really should be "in hock to the world", but Steve always writes it as "in hoc", which I think is Latin. Artistic license, I guess!

Anonymous said...

He's also very smart and very funny and is modern media savvy, a skill sorely lacking in most Republicans. Chris Matthews tried to make him look foolish--as he tries with all Republicans--and ended up looking like the dick he is. I could get excited if he actually ran.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

I'll be interested to see if Welcome Back McCotter actually maintains a staunch paleocon stance in the face of the media fusillade that will inevitably greet him if his candidacy gains any traction whatsoever. We all know that cultural conservatism is simply beyond the pale for the MSM, and that the Times and its epigones would go into full-on sabotage mode should a serious paleocon political force emerge.

Audacious Epigone said...

Ed,

Then perhaps the stealthy "late" entrance is pragmatically designed to limit the amount of time for major media sources to align against him, at least in the early primary stages.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

AE,

Perhaps. Personally I have no hope that McCotter will send shockwaves through the Republican primaries this time 'round, but I do hope he can emerge as enough of a presence to at least acclimate the voting public to paleoconservatism and thus pave the way for more serious candidacies in 2016. If nothing else, maybe McCotter's candidacy can diminish the toxicity of the omnipresent "racism" charge. That alone would be a massive victory for the cause of paleoconservatism.

Audacious Epigone said...

Ed,

I'm not sure we can call McCotter a paleonconservative--he's more in the mold of an unashamed Rush Limbaugh (which is still pretty good as far as I'm concerned). But he's not going to be trying to reduce our military presence in South Korea or Europe, or any of the other affluent nations we defend for their benefit and our increased indebtedness.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

AE,

For me the salient components of paleoconservatism are a thoroughgoing rejection of cultural relativism and support for policies that naturally flow from that rejection. Such a candidate would unabashedly say "question diversity" in a nationally televised debate with Obama.

Does McCotter fill that bill? And would he have the stones to air that electrifying bit of rhetoric in that setting? I honestly don't know enough about the man to say.

Greg Miller said...

He's the smartest candidate out there.

Greg Miller said...

He is the smartest candidate out there which is why the press is silent.

Kathy from Kansas said...

Very interesting that T-Mac gets an A+ rating on immigration -- especially given that his wife is a first-generation Mexican-American.

I gather, from reading his book, that one of the reasons he comes down hard against illegal immigration is that it screws up things for LEGAL immigrants.

dmarks said...

He receives an E in worker rights, being very strongly in favor of forcing workers into unions against their will. He even support the "card check" bill to abolish the secret ballot in union elections;

vbarcelone said...

Little doubt, the dude is completely fair.