Did somebody say s’mores?
Chris Christie as the StayPuft marshmallow man. Because he’s fat. How long have I been a sooper genius? Oh, all my life, I guess.
I’m not very passionate about Christie either way. He can be funny and personable (should that be and/or personable?) when he wants. He an also be a tiresome, typical Northeast squish RINO. Whatever. I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about yet another article scolding wingers for being unyielding ideologues (it’s the Jay Nordlinger NRO piece, to save you the click-through).
Lately, I have been more and more impatient with 100-percenters — people who have to agree with someone 100 percent in order to consider him any good. There is very little room for 100-percentism in politics. In other spheres of life, maybe, but not this one.
Occasionally, I will quote someone favorably in my column. And someone will e-mail me, “Yeah, but do you recall what he said on September 8, 1999? Traitor!” That word could refer to me or the fellow I had originally quoted.
Sometimes it seems that no one is ever good enough for us: not 41, not Dole, not 43, not anybody.
That’s grossly unfair, that 100-percenter tag. There are limitless areas where righties can disagree and still call themselves righties. But there is a short list of topics that are core beliefs. In any cohesive ideological group, if you dissent from a core belief, you ain’t one of the flock. For that short list of topics…yeah, you have to buy into those 100%. Damn right. Hooty-hoo.
What irritates me even more, though, is the way these guys act like it’s somehow flighty or immature of the base to fall in love with a candidate when he’s talking a good game, but turn on him when he does something grossly unconservative.
Really? Seriously? That’s like saying, “you meet a guy, you fall in love, you take him home to meet the family, and the moment he drops trou and shits on the carpet you act like he’s the antichrist.” Um, duh?
Say, exit question: isn’t it too early to torpedo Christie? Don’t they usually wait until we’re stuck with a bad nominee and tapped out financially before they pull the rug out from under us?