Friday, November 14, 2008

Christie Whitman Gets Her "I Told You So" Moment



The Washington Post graciously allowed Christine Todd Whitman and her ghost writer to say Nyah Nyah Nyah on their editorial page today, and it's an immensely satisfying read.

Whitman really went out on a lonely GOP limb a couple of years ago by publishing It's My Party Too, a book all about one of our favorite subjects, how the Republican Party will die if it keeps pandering to the Christian nutjobs. And she was right! So now she gets to say things like this:

Our central thesis was simple: The Republican Party had been taken hostage by "social fundamentalists," the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights and stem cell research. Unless the GOP freed itself from their grip, we argued, it would so alienate itself from the broad center of the American electorate that it would become increasingly marginalized and find itself out of power.

At the time, this idea was roundly attacked by many who were convinced that holding on to the "base" at all costs was the way to go. A former speechwriter for President Bush, Matthew Scully, who went on to work for the McCain campaign this year, called the book "airy blather" and said its argument fell somewhere between "insufferable snobbery" and "complete cluelessness." Gary Bauer suggested that the book sounded as if it came from a "Michael Moore radical." National Review said its warnings were, "at best, counterintuitive," and Ann Coulter said the book was "based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false."

What a difference four years makes -- and the data show it.


Ha! Christie must be both super-smug and horrified about how all her predictions have come true. And as we've seen since the election, the party is intent to purge even more of their moderates, even to the point where relentless GOP cheerleaders like Peggy Noonan and David Brooks are tossed on the scrap heap. Think they'll listen to her this time? Of course not! Sarah Palin ate their party! Yay! And now Whitman will get to clip a whole new collection of pull quotes like the ones above from Bauer and Coulter, but probably even meaner and more hysterical.

Are people like Whitman going to have to revive the Whig Party, or what?

21 comments:

Lulu Maude said...

Having Whigs could be fun. I'm sure that you would donate many stunning images to their rise.

It's always been interesting to listen to Coulter trying to sound pious.

Speaking of Coulter, how about those roots?

Anonymous said...

Christie Todd is the only R I ever voted for, when she ran for Gov of NJ.

I wonder what the GOP actually will do with this informaiton tho.. do they listen of continue to promote Evita Palrone.. Given Evita was all blah blah blah yesterday seems like she's still their media super star.

Whatever freaks, get your hustle on with the Dobsons and megachurch crew.

Jules

Matty Boy said...

Whitman can lead The Whigs, but only if Sarah gets to be in charge of the Know-Nothings.

Frank said...

How about the Democratic-Republicans? Best of both worlds!

Karen Zipdrive said...

PSP you write some pretty damn good opinion when you aren't being hilarious.

dguzman said...

CTW is one of the few repubs I have respect for. I'd love to get her a little drunk and ask her how she feels about Palin.

patti puke said...

Will she revive the Whig party? I bet she stays with the Republicans and they keep losing and losing while the rest of us have a big giggle at their expense.

Seriously she's not such hot shit herself. To wit: lying about the WTC air quality. Also, ever see that picture of her as governor gleefully cuffing some black kid? It's weird. She's weird. Republicans are weird. I don't like them. I want to go home.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Whitman is the one Republican female I fear. She is the one who talks more sense and has more substance than Palin or Coulter or Malkin.

drew in sf said...

What's that on your head of state?

A Whig!


/facepalm

Anonymous said...

She gave Ms. Beasley(the non-biter- so far) to the Bushes. Maybe she is angling to be puppy giver to the Obamas.

Andrea

FoggyDew said...

The commentary I heard this morning would seem to indicate the Rs plan is to move even further to the right to secure the 40 percent of the voters who make up their base.

I think this could be the start of a viable third party right in the middle. All the alienated moderate Rs and the conservative Ds who will quickly get annoyed at the left wing of their party will get together and truly govern from the center.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

The problem with that theory, foggy, is that the "40 percent base" is shrinking as more moderates leave. Before you know it, they'll have a 30% white, evangelical base and... nothing else. That will be a disaster for them.

mikey said...

Psssst... its Condi's birthday today.

Carmen Sutra said...

If they form a Wig Party, I am so joining! I can't wait for the first debate with the Wig Party candidate front and center wearing a lime green bouffant the size of Nebraska! Wheee!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Do you think Lady Bunny will show up for Whigstock?

Roberta said...

Yay Condi's birthday! If it weren't for her and her hairdo, we would never have known of PSP, so YAY!

mikey said...

Can you imagine how insulting it is for a woman like Christie see the GOP boys drooling uncontrollably over a nitwit like Palin?

linda said...

Seriously, Obama should pull an Abraham Lincoln and appoint a member of opposing party (Christine Todd Whitman) to a cabinet post. She seems to be a woman of principle.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Christie's OK, but let's not get carried away. She's not really all that good.

z7q2 said...

No, not that good. We didn't call her Gov. Witless for nothing.

Carmen Sutra said...

I recommend Lady Bunny for Secretary of Health and Human Hair-dos - and maybe Hedda Lettuce for Secretary of Agriculture?