I’m not supporting Thaddeus McCotter’s White House run just because I want to be able to tell people that I’ve shared my fondness for the Ramones with the president on Twitter. Sure, “I tweeted about Rock ‘n’ Roll High School with the most powerful man on Earth” would make for an okay page bio and a nice business card line. And I would finally have something to brag about other than my Mario Kart prowess.
But his accessibility and good taste are only part of his draw. McCotter’s entrance into the 2012 presidential race has been welcomed by those who prefer constitutional conservatism espoused by someone simultaneously bookish and cool.
McCotter’s endearing quirks such as his electric guitar proficiency and fascination with all-time Oscar champion Swamp Shark illustrate that he knows how to pick his spots, which is coincidentally a positive quality for a president to possess. Unlike with the last guy to win the presidency, McCotter’s appeal only begins with his likeable nature.
The Rad One may be most famous for his Red Eye appearances, where he delivers utterly sensible discourse in advocacy of restrained government when he’s not relentlessly putting down poor host Greg Gutfeld. His ardent fans appreciate both his commonsense beliefs and a dry wit that makes Steven Wright look like Gallagher. That’s presumably why Gutfeld was one of the first people to suggest a McCotter candidacy despite the relentless, droll teasing.
His appeal isn’t limited to those of us degenerate insomniacs who invariably find ourselves deciding what we want for dinner while watching Fox News Channel at 3 a.m. Constitutional-minded Americans are desperate for a presidential hopeful who recognizes that we are endowed with rights not granted by the FDA or Harry Reid.
A stalwart defender of economic liberty like McCotter is naturally fervent opponent of our present ruinous economic course. As a foremost believer in natural rights, the congressman isn’t going to, say, perpetrate the idea that the government’s role is to compel citizens to buy crappy health insurance. The only people left who think letting the feds spend our money will cure the economy are those who are so smart that they’ve never been able to get jobs off college campuses.
In a victory for consistency, McCotter remains shrewd whether he’s discussing domestic or foreign issues. His previous postures indicate that he would take a stand against bullies abroad rather than trying to befriend them like the allegedly popular incumbent.
For one, McCotter has made it his mission to shred Iran like they deserve, with his measured yet impassioned account of the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan particularly serving as a devastating indictment of the gangster regime. Conservatives should look forward to the debate where McCotter points out that he was condemning Iran while the president was infamously pondering an ice cream order.
At the same time, he hasn’t been conservative on every single thing. He notably supported the auto bailouts in what will serve as a red flag for Red State-minded people.
He’ll have to convince right-minded voters to accept that there will never be a candidate whose views overlap perfectly with their own: they’re not going to get a Venn diagram where one circle perfectly lines up on top of another. In this case, it’s a rare deviation from conservative doctrine for a congressman from Michigan who seems to have thought he was serving his district’s interests.
In reality, letting car concerns enter bankruptcy would have been best for them and us. But every potential Obama defeater will fall short in some manner. Some will do so far more than others: Mitt Romney drew up the freaking blueprint for Obamacare. And even conservative favorite Rick Perry has deviated from the platform that’s kept in a lock box buried under Chuck Norris’s garage.
Obama’s only hope will be if his political adversaries nominate someone so moderate that he or she will alienate the left, right, and center. The best candidate will be an overwhelming conservative who promises to be everything the present president isn’t.
McCotter’s winning percentage is much more reminiscent to the one posted by his beloved successful Detroit Red Wings than his beloved regrettable Detroit Lions. He has maintained that he’s been pro-labor like a prominent conservative icon, even if those on the right may still find his position misguided on this particular issue.
His demeanor will aid his quest. The vigorously concise McCotter is never chattier than he needs to be. Unlike the president, he doesn’t need to read his big words aloud off a screen. Also, he knows what they mean, which is one of the benefits of being able to speak lucidly sans teleprompter.
McCotter’s impressively clear defenses of freedom prove that it’s possible to have fun being serious. After all, he found a way to mention Led Zeppelin on the House floor during remarks about a potential federal shutdown. We could use a leader who hold faith in both classic liberalism and rock.
Such a philosophy would be a nice and necessary change of pace from an incumbent administration that resembles a lead balloon. The fact that McCotter would get the Keith Moon reference only enhances his case. Raddeus Thaddeus would be a grown-up president, but that wouldn’t keep us from having a great time during his term.
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. He tweets at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy.