A Fine Lieutenant Would Own General Wesley Clark

by Mike on July 1, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

Earlier today, I read Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion to the McCain campaign of how to rebut Weasel Wesley Clark’s bizarre claim that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to the Presidency. The gist of Limbaugh’s suggestion was that McCain should simply fight back. My first reaction was that McCain should not get into a spat with a failed General like Clark, but should leave the scathing rebuttals to his surrogates. That way, Obama and his minions could be exposed as the scum they are, and McCain could stay focused on Obama. Thinking about how this would play out led to my second reaction: the Republican Party sadly doesn’t have any effective surrogates.

As expected, this fact is not lost on Limbaugh. Earlier today, Limbaugh praised Bob Dole for jumping into the fray to defend McCain and then bemoaned the fact that Dole is probably our party’s most effective spokesman. This is probably true, although it should be noted that Haley Barbour has always been an effective surrogate. As the successful Governor of Mississippi who was praised for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being blamed for the weather event, Barbour could also be much more than an effective surrogate. Although he isn’t my first choice, Haley Barbour would make an excellent running mate for McCain.

With an effective communicator at the bottom of the ticket to respond to Democrats crawling out from underneath their rocks, McCain could probably increase the stature gap over Obama. In the meantime, I hope the Anchoress is right when it comes to Clark:

Happily for McCain, the Obama team and their supporters keep popping up (daily, it seems) talking about John McCain and telling him to stop talking about his military service. They seem not to realize that doing this serves to remind voters that McCain is a real war hero with command experience and 21 years in the senate, and that Barack Obama…is not.

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