Nothing without daddy

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Reading Rand Paul's prescription for a bigger and better GOP, I was struck by an interesting thought--since 1988, only one Republican nominee (coincidentally the only one I thought of voting for, Bob Dole), owed virtually none of his success in life to his dad. ( Rand Paul to say the least, owes everything to his dad). The rest--wow!

George HW Bush's dad was a US senator. Bush's son's dad was the POTUSA. McCain's dad was an admiral and Romney's the governor of Michigan/CEO of American Motors. (In McCain's case, his second wife's dad bankrolled him--double nepotism!).

In contrast, for the Democrats in this time frame, only Al Gore was a "daddy's boy".

For a party that believes in "pulling yourselves up by the bootstraps" to become a "self made man" that's a "maker and not a taker", their role models are more or less the opposite in real life, ain't they?



You're playing unfair by including McCain. Yes, his dad was an admiral, but that only won him points inside the Navy (and probably also cost him, in resentments and so on). We'd never have heard of him if he hadn't been shot down. So the real "sugar daddies" here are the expert anti-aircraft gunners of North Vietnam, not that anyone would call five years in the Hanoi Hilton an easy road to fame and riches.

Posted by Tom Carson on Jun. 01, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

He probably wouldn't have gotten or kept his job as a Navy pilot without his dad the Admiral.

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Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 01, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

@Tom Carson - One measure of McCain's privilege within the military is how he was treated as a P.O.W. His captors gave him cigarettes, which he gladly accepted, and appeared to the media when they wanted to trot him out. Both actions violate the oath of a soldier, but of course he faced no repercussions for it.

Most P.O.W.s didn't find a way to spin their experiences into anything profitable, but McCain sure did. Like his story about how he was tortured to name names, and heroically only gave out the names of players on the football team in whichever town he's currently campaigning in.

Posted by Jym on Jun. 02, 2013 @ 11:56 am

The "POW/MIA" thing has been an enormously successful racket for a few and to McCain's credit, he hasn't hopped that bandwagon.

Posted by JohnnyW on Jun. 02, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

Here's to you, and hoping for a continuance of your seemingly effortless skewering of them who so desperately have needed it.

I agree with you on Dole. Never much liked his record in the Senate, but have long viewed one of the few genuine articles in either party.

Maybe he would never have made it to the senate or a run for president... if he hadn't been a hero in WWII willing to get his arm half shot away to fight the Nazi menace. The others aren't fit to polish his shoes.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 01, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

I agree. Dole was the last Republican candidate with a sense of perspective or, for that matter, a sense of humor. It's not surprisingly that lately he's been honest enough to criticize the current Republican party for its extremism.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 02, 2013 @ 5:10 am

Rand Paul 2016! He was raised right!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 01, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

"Here's to you, and hoping for a continuance of your seemingly effortless skewering of them who so desperately have needed it."

Good point, lillipublicens. Johnny Angel is driving the conservative-bots mad, utterly mad.

Posted by Berry on Jun. 01, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

Another good post, Johnny.

The "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps" bit of advice always struck me as a sneaky putdown of anybody who wasn't born rich or relatively privileged. It blamed the fact that your lot in life sucked only because you were too lazy or not fanatically running fast enough on your economic hamster wheel.

If the Romneys and Bushes of the world had allegedly pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, then the materials their bootstraps were made from must be strong enough to launch a rocket into orbit.

Posted by Peter on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 7:28 am

pushing shopping carts full of trash bags.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 8:21 am

Too bad there's nothing else there than imagery and indolence.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 9:50 am

Jerry Brown, anyone named Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom - I guess you forgot about them - but then again, none of them live in LA....

Posted by Richmondman on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 9:03 am

I didn't realize how sweet it was for McCain as a POW. WOW you are real F-sticks

Posted by Richmondman on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 9:05 am