Wait! I Said Coup! COUP!!
Mr C. W. Cooke [with an “e,” if you please] is a young British gent who has come to America to seek his fortune telling Americans how to do American better. He does this important work in the pages of National Review and via occasional guest appearances on conservative thought leadership outlets such as Fox News, The Blaze and The Washington Times.
Now, aside from the fact that Mr Cooke, at 30 years old, has been in this country for only a grand total of two years, he is an Oxonian [British for a graduate of Oxford University] who has spent considerable hours swotting away [as they say] at Modern History and Politics.
So. That makes him a very smart fellow indeed who has found his niche lecturing Americans on free speech, the Second Amendment and American Exceptionalism. Obviously, young Mr Cooke is hankering to be an exceptional American himself.
Cooke is a prolific writer, whose prose palette tends toward fifty shades of purple, spinning out cautionary tales with titles like:
Obamacare’s Banana Republic Logic
The Maligned Tea Party
Civility is Over-rated
Failure of Failures
larded with apoplectic [and apocalyptic] warnings like:
In my view, if Obamacare were to fail hard, it could well come to be seen as the most catastrophic domestic-policy enterprise of the last century.
Or this, when young Mr Cooke took Juan Williams to task for:
Parroting the administration’s intellection almost verbatim . . . and instruct[ing] his readers that they “should be blaming your insurance company because they have not been providing you with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care.” The government, he continued obediently, did “not ‘force’ insurance companies to cancel their own substandard policies,” but “the insurance companies chose to do that rather than do what is right and bring the policies up to code.”
Which sounds pretty accurate to me but it caused Mr Cooke to clutch his pearls and pronounce, from his Oxonian soapbox:
This, I am afraid, is the logic of banana republics, not of free nations built explicitly on what Thomas Jefferson termed a “homage of reason,” and it is an unutterable disgrace that Williams is indulging it from the outside.
You get the idea . . .
Which brings us to today and the detonation of the “nuclear option” aka the most thoroughly misunderstood Senate rule change ever. But Mr Cooke, with his Mod Hist degree and Movember shadow, saw right to the heart of the matter and hyperventilated with Gretchen Carlson, on Fox News, on the “staggering” hypocrisy, of it all. And where, oh where, will it all end . . . ?
First, to steal a phrase from young Cooke, he “[p]arrot[ed] the [Right’s] intellection almost verbatim, telling Carlson that the Senate rule change was done “only to distract from the Obamacare disaster.”
What Obama just did is make a general case against minority rights. It was ‘the system doesn’t work how I want it to, so therefore the system is wrong. If President Barack Obama thinks ‘American business is far too important for the rules,’ then who’s to say we couldn’t just “ignore the House” or “have a military coup”?
Perhaps, Mr Cooke, if you take a longer look you will see that Harry Reid [not President Obama] made the case that the “system” no longer works the way that it was intended, or designed to work and therefore needs an intervention. In that way, perhaps, the government can go back to doing the people’s business. But maybe you missed that lecture . . . ?
I have a son who’s ten years older than Mr Cooke, so I know about youthful exuberance but Jeez, Louise don’t we have enough homegrown nuts without giving this prat air time. I understand that conservatives have big problems attracting young voters like Mr Cooke but, if this is GOP youth outreach, I’m thinking it might be time to go back to the Growth and Opportunity Project drawing board.
Meanwhile, Cheers! Mr Cooke, I wish you a long and happy life. And, toward that end, it might be a good idea to go back to the shallow end and work on your strokes.