Rightbloggers Plan Big for GOP Success: Less Debate Coverage, 10 New Constitutional Amendments, and the Guy from Duck Dynasty
As we've noted before, every so often rightbloggers will get excited about amending the Constitution in their favor, but this time they seem to have more traction, at least among fellow-travelers: at this writing Levin's book is #1 on Amazon.
"Levin admits these amendments are unlikely to win congressional approval because in Washington power is not willingly relinquished," explained Cal Thomas at NewsBusters. "That's why he proposes the states bypass Congress, as the Framers provided, and pass these amendments themselves." Clever! The progress Republicans have lately made in creating bulletproof majorities in some state legislatures makes this prospect more tantalizing -- particularly if they can do it quick, before voters catch on.
"A bold, provocative manual for restoring the American republic and righting the balance of powers," raved Michelle Malkin. "Roe v. Wade might have been overturned by three-fifths of the state legislatures had Levin's [Supreme Court] amendment been in place in January of 1973," marveled Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator. "...a serious work of restoration and reform." "A good use for the book would be to bring it to Town Hall meetings this summer and get your Representative -- Republican or Democrat -- to commit to where he or she stands on these principles," advised William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. "Just hold up the book as you start to ask your question, and watch the faces of the politicians grimace, because they know what's coming." They won't be the only ones.
John Hayward at Human Events summed it up beautifully: "If you want to bring the ship of state into drydock, instead of slightly adjusting its course, The Liberty Amendments provides an excellent set of schematics," he said. He meant it positively.
Having a new message -- that America is ruined for voting, and must be rebuilt from the inside by rightwing activists -- and enough control of the message delivery that no countervailing RINOism may dilute it, it now remains for conservatives to find the right sort of candidates to lead the charge. At the Presidential level they have interesting challengers like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. But their crossover potential -- assuming, that is, Republicans still need to win elections after those Liberty Amendments pass -- remains to be seen.
Rightbloggers have been on the hunt for fresh horses, and last week it seemed as if they had a keeper: One of the guys on Duck Dynasty.
"'Redneck millionaire' and 'Duck Dynasty' star eyed for Louisiana House seat," reported the Washington Examiner, referring to the hunting call CEO Willie Alexander who, with his equally hirsute brothers, has a hit reality TV show.
Conservatives have been praising Duck Dynasty as a touchstone of conservative values for a while now. "Duck Dynasty has very little to do with ducks or duck hunting," said David Vickers at PJ Lifestyle, "and everything to do with traditional American values and the current American condition... Duck Dynasty reminds us that a huge majority of gun-owning Americans use firearms responsibly and don't need to be controlled, that the American dream still comes true if you only follow the formula, that you really can 'build that' on your own, and that each days ends a little better when we return thanks to the One who provided it, and for the ones who make it worth living."
Fox News' Laura Ingraham was delighted that the Alexanders pray in every episode. "How often today do we see families in prayer on entertainment television?" she said, according to a Mediaite report. "As families have disintegrated in America, as our culture has become hyper-sexualized, as kids are losing their innocence at younger and younger ages, I think it's undoubtedly a welcome relief to many TV viewers to just watch a program that doesn't offend their core values."
Well, at least they're not the Bushes.
The Right Scoop got a kick out of it when one of the Duck Dynasty boys, mistaken for a vagrant in a New York City hotel, called himself a victim of "facial profiling." (Obviously he's on the right side of "urban" issues.) "Is it any wonder America is in love with the Robertsons?" gushed PJ Media's Paula Bolyard. "Strong marriages, family values, faith. All the things missing from nearly everything else on TV these days."
But mainly rightbloggers seem to like the show because they imagine liberals don't. Its success "has got to make miserable the dainty, little, progressive crowd who are trying legislatively and culturally to peel America away from the pro-God-and-country values that the cast of Duck Dynasty showcases with hairy-chinned hilarity," speculated Doug Giles at Clash Daily. "...America has voted with their time and with their cash that they would rather watch the Duck Commanders move through their day than watch the cultural chum slick that Hollywood dishes up, ad nauseum, et infinitum." Unless there's a game on, or Sharknado.
So the idea of running the guy from Duck Dynasty thrilled many of the brethren. "As CEO of Duck Commander, star of A&E's wildly successful Duck Dynasty show and author of several books, Robertson is worth millions, money he could use to quickly fund a campaign," said Brad Jackson at RedState. "...who can forget a certain former actor who became one of the greatest Presidents in our nation's history, Ronald Reagan... Personally, I would love to see Congressman Willie Robertson."
"The family's faith is brought to center stage with a prayer at the end of every show," said Jake Tapper. "...Yes, the Twitterverse is echoing calls for duck commander CEO Willie Robertson to fill the congressional seat left vacant this year by Louisiana representative Rodney Alexander."
"If I was a voter in his district, I'd definitely be interested in hearing what he has to say," sighed Emily Hulsey at the Independent Journal Review. "After all, he's the rare mix of a millionaire, CEO and TV star who has managed to retain his dignity and self-respect despite his material success." "Someone who believes in God, guns, and freedom?" said Joshua Riddle of Young Conservatives. "I say we need many more like him. I want to start the Might Ducks chant right now: 'QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!'" Plus, said T. Kevin Whiteman of Liberty Unyielding, "Robertson is popular with pro-life advocates for his open and ardent support of both adoption and foster care versus abortion." He's all that and a bag of chaw!
The boomlet added some excitement to rightblogging, certainly ("With everything from the EEOC to Duck Dynasty to Jimmy Carter, you know it's going to be an interesting discussion!" East Coast Conservative sadly pimped its podcast). But alas, finally Robertson went on Fox's The Five to talk about his alleged ambitions ("He attributed the show's immense success to a combination of its family values and being funny," squeed Fox News Insider), and was not encouraging -- "I'm kinda busy right now," he told his hosts.
But he didn't say no, either. And even if he does, there are plenty of potential New Reagans on reality TV for them to work with. Snooki from Jersey Shore has the right politics and the common touch. And several of the Real Housewives would probably be able to get behind a flat tax, if only retroactively.
And come to think of it, has anyone found out the politics of Sharknado? Maybe Sharknado can run for something. Or does the Constitution say candidates have to be human beings? If so, maybe Mark Levin can take care of that. For every problem, as H.L. Mencken said, there is a solution... with some stipulations.