Were you wondering who the next big leader of the conservative movement in Wisconsin is? Well, congressional candidate and former assemblywoman Terri McCormick thinks it’s her.
McCormick has issued a press release christening herself as “Wisconsin’s Sarah Palin – ‘Only Better!'” And what expert in conservatism made the determination that McCormick is better than the current Mama Grizzly herself?
John Nichols at the Madison Capital Times. You know, “Wisconsin’s Progressive Voice.” Because they’re big fans of Sarah Palin over there.
So McCormick believes that it somehow helps her credibility to be endorsed by the state’s most liberal (newspaper? website? blog? chat room?) It makes no sense. Half the time I read a Cap Times editorial, I’m close to calling 911, thinking Nichols has slipped and suffered a head injury. So now conservatives should let them choose their candidate?
This is actually a common Nichols trap that McCormick has fallen into. He picks his GOP favorites only when it allows him to level a cheap shot against the powers that be. In 2002, he suddenly became a big fan of Republican Wisconsin State Senator Bob Welch when he found out Welch was thinking of challenging incumbent Scott McCallum in a primary. Naturally, Welch’s candidacy would have weakened McCallum significantly, which is all the Cap Times really cared about.
In 2006, Nichols bemoaned Republican Scott Walker’s exit from the GOP gubernatorial primary, praising his “moderation” on ethics issues, health care issues, and taxation. Naturally, this was merely an attempt to paint the remaining GOP candidate, Congressman Mark Green, as a bloodthirsty partisan. But just ONE YEAR earlier, Nichols shredded Walker in a column, calling him a “bigot” who wanted to make it harder for people to vote, and his candidacy for governor ”very bad news for Wisconsin.”
But since the left’s’ strategy became contrasting Walker with Green, suddenly Walker became an ACLU card carrying, LaFollette-Era progressive. When he was in the race, he was a “pretty typical Wisconsin Republican,” but the second he left the race, he became “palatable even to moderate voters.”
So this sudden praise of McCormick may be news to her, but she’s just another pawn in a cheap political ploy by the left. Somehow that didn’t make it into her press release.
This is the same Terri McCormick who, in her book “What Sex is a Republican?” actually rips Congressman Paul Ryan, calling him a “member of the political class” and “a typical insider.” In a passage so bizarre it deserves to be reprinted here, McCormick writes that Ryan was actually afraid of her when they sat down for a meeting, and that he was involved in some kind of conspiracy against her:
I was wrong; merit and accomplishment would have nothing to do with our meeting… His shakedown skills were reminiscent of the guttural scenes from the movie Gangs of New York.
Ryan aimed his questions in a young-gun accusatory fashion: “Who are ya? Why are you here? Who do you work for? Vito? Hah– the congressman from New York? I’m going to give him a call.”
That day in 2005 Ryan appeared to be a brash political animal, operating out of fear and survival. Something was motivating him and I was about to find out what it was. Ryan was a member of the political class, a typical insider…
…My opponent’s wife was a former appointee of a GOP governor. She evidently had enough authority to give orders to Congressman Ryan.
(Special thanks to Steve S. at Letters in Bottles for actually reading the book and passing along this nugget.)
Incidentally, that would be the same Paul Ryan who has introduced an unprecedented plan to reform the entire U.S. tax system, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. It’s hard to imagine anyone more “outsider” than that. But I guess because Ryan rightfully recognized McCormick as a crazyperson, it means he was operating out of “fear and survival.” Maybe McCormick would like to further her conservative credentials by denouncing Reaganomics. Perhaps she has evidence that the Easter Bunny engaged in insider trading with the Cadbury Creme Egg company.
(Incidentally, it was Sarah Palin herself that named Ryan as her favorite Republican.)
Actually, who am I kidding with all this jibber-jabber? Admit it, you just want to see this video again – perhaps the greatest video in Wisconsin political history:
(UPDATE: McCormick has pulled her video from YouTube.)
I told a friend that McCormick was “crazy versus crazy.” He replied that crazy called to concede years ago.
(Side note: if there is a runner up to “greatest Wisconsin political video,” it’s this ad run against Congressman Ron Kind two years ago:)