Kevin McCarthy, Young Gun

August 31, 2010

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) may be 45, but he clearly considers himself to be a “Young Gun” when it comes to national politics.

McCarthy, whose district includes parts of San Luis Obispo County, and two other conservative Republicans have co-authored a new book, “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” (Simon & Schuster), due out in mid-September..

Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan joined McCarthy in writing the 224-page paperback, which takes it title from a pair of Emilio Estevez-Kiefer Sutherland Westerns from 20 years ago.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb announcing the book:

“Make no mistake: Congressmen Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy are proud Republicans. But they believe the party had lost sight of the ideals it believes in, like economic freedom, limited government, the sanctity of life, and putting families first. This isn’t your grandfather’s Republican party. These Young Guns of the House GOP—Cantor (the leader), Ryan (the thinker), and McCarthy (the strategist)—are ready to take their belief in the principles that have made America great and translate it into solutions that will make the future even better, solutions that will create private sector jobs, maximize individual freedom, and establish a better world for our children.

“This groundbreaking book is a call to action that sets forth a plan for growth, opportunity, and commitment that will propel this country to prosperity once again. Together, the Young Guns are changing the face of the Republican party and giving us a new road map back to the American dream.”

The trio are scheduled to appear on the “Today Show”on September 14. Hopefully they’ll get a better reception than they did on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman savaged the book and the ad campaign behind it.

“Worst idea ever,” said the morning cable TV host about the book’s ad campaign.

“Young Guns” is currently unranked on Amazon.com.


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10 Comments

  1. thinkaboutit says:

    “We are non-partisan and adhere to the strictest journalism ethics and standards.”

    Let THIS be so.

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  2. zaphod says:

    Politico panned this one
    Wonkette : autumn reads
    Middle-Aged ‘Young Guns’ Write New Book to Save America

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  3. racket says:

    To be followed by a made for TV miniseries called “The Young and The Feckless.”

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  4. utube says:

    RE-LOAD KEVIN!

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  5. Booty JuJu says:

    Either Young Guns or Corn Pone Nazis, depending upon which side of the Deliverance River you reside on.

    I guess this makes perfect sense after Fox News entertainer, former drug addict, and professional weeper Glenn Beck took center stage at the Lincoln Memorial exactly forty-seven years to the day after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech for a rally dedicated to “restoring honor,” which is tea bagger code for the otherwise unutterable idea: get that nigger out of the White House!

    Evidently quite a few disoriented river rafters lined the Mall to witness Beck overstep his role as a television clown and don the mantle of an evangelist-savior battling the dark forces working insidiously to desegregate the America of WalMart, Walt Disney World, NASCAR, and Burger King. Naturally, Beck invoked prayer against this prospect, which is what people the world over resort to when they don’t understand what is happening to them.

    The simple truth is that the USA went broke trying to swindle itself into prosperity, and now the political and media spoon benders are telling fibs to the public about a wished-for recovery to a prior state. Unfortunately that prior state is the ecstasy of a self-swindle in the moments before it unravels… the sublime feeling of having gotten something wonderful for nothing. We’re beyond that now and nothing on the age-old shelf of nostrums, spells, snakeoil, prayers, and miracle-cures will avail to bring that moment back, though the public does not know this.

    This is what allows fakers like Glenn Beck and the Corn Pone Boys to shine. The masses still truly believe that prayer will save them from bankruptcy, foreclosure, penury, and unemployment, so Glenn steps onto a national monument like an Aztec priest to soothe the angry gods with worshipful incantations just as the tea-bagger right-wing Corn Poners glorifies the US soldiers blown up by roadside bombs for the sucking chest wound lost cause of turning Afghanistan into a functioning western-style democracy.

    The Corn Pone High Priestess Sarah Palin is exactly what America deserves: a badly-educated, child-like, war-mongering opportunist easily manipulated by backstage extremist billionaires who think they don’t have enough money yet. Sarah Palin is going to run for president in 2012. In the process she’ll turn the sad remnants of the Republican Party into a suicide cult, but she might just get elected and you can kiss the 230-year-long experiment in representative government goodbye for good.

    In the meantime, the financial markets are getting ready to puke, the housing market has yet a million frauds left to unwind, the commercial real estate and retail sectors are crashing, the science-projects-gone-bad in Afghanistan, and Iraq will continue to suck a few billion a day out of the system indefinitely, and the season leading into the holidays is taking shape as a major amplification of all the converging clusterfxxxs that make these such interesting times.

    The bigger mystery in all this is: what happened to reasonable, rational, educated people of purpose in this country to drive them into such cowardice that they can’t speak the truth, or act decisively, or even defend themselves against such a host of vicious morons in a time of troubles?

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    • Herb Asher says:

      “You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.”

      –Mark Twain

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    • utube says:

      Well said Booty-I have nothing to add…Except check out McCarthy’s donar list-Big Pharma,Big Insurance, Petroleum-Big development…medical supplies-Obscure Indian Tribes and their Casinos-oh and don’t forget he wanted to help the Salinans scam one with Gearhardt…Hertel and Fowler riding side saddle into the sunset-The “4” amigos” is spot on…

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  6. thinkaboutit says:

    I “get” the point of the book insofar as it being a call to arms (no pun intended) in recommitting to the Republican platform, but “Young Guns” just sounds too glorifying to me. Elected officials ought to err on the side of caution when they sign those book waivers. May they regard themselves more appropriately as “servants,” not would-be “hired guns” in humble service of their constituency. Even the publisher’s blurb, “Make no mistake…” starts off icky. Gag me!)

    While some of us commenters might get our panties in a wad about how this is SO indicative of the GOP, consider that the last presidential campaign offered, let’s say, “unprecedented” theatrics in film-style direction, symphonic movie scoring, cinematography, lighting, staging (does the word “columns” ring a bell?), specials guests, hundreds of millions of dollars, you name it. With the exception of Secret Service man hours to facilitate Mrs. Obama’s European vacation, nothing has surpassed such extravagance. Well, there was that little whistle stop in Germany, but you get my point. In a nutshell, “The ’80s called; it wants its self-indulgence back.”

    What I’m saying is, narcissistic marketing from Dems and GOPers in any form highly annoys me. Sure, write a book, but don’t bury the lede in self-glorification. I voted for McCarthy, but darned if I feel like reading beyond the cover of this one.

    To all elected and wannabe-elected officials, I say, “Get to work. May your actions alone be all that’s required to secure – and retain – my vote.”

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    • utube says:

      KatieEvans
      says: 07/27/2010 at 11:46 am
      Isn’t McCathy the politico that was going to ‘fast track” an Indian Casino for Gearhart and Grigger Jones with an initial million $$ deposit of stolen funds by Gearhart and some fancy foot work to cover up the real LLC owners by Grigger? I believe it was the bankruptcy attorney that made the discovery with the help of CCN after Karen printed the story about the PI Ji Ho Ta LLC and Gearharts involvement.
      Kudo’s to CCN, keep it coming. We want to know….

      CCN = The media outlet that makes the servants not ON THE SPONSOR PAGE-shake in their boot’s and check for flies in the back rooms!

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  7. LensCleaner says:

    Wow a story about 3 Narcissistic politicians …. yawn!

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