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'The Young Guns' who hope to Gallup into leadership

Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Paul Ryan (Wisc.) see themselves as superheroes. A political version of the Justice League, but without the spandex costumes or women. They have written a self-aggrandizing book due out Sept. 14 entitled “The Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders.” That the youngest of the guns is 40 (Ryan) should be ignored. What can’t be ignored is that these conservative caped crusaders might be in our faces a whole lot more after Nov. 2. According to the latest Gallup tracking poll, 51 percent say they will vote for an unnamed Republican candidate for Congress and 41 percent for the Democrat. That’s the biggest gap ever in the history of that poll. As The Fix writes this morning, “[Y]es, ever....”

Now, I’m going to be honest. “The Young Guns” will not grace my nightstand. Heck, I’m only on chapter seven of “Too Big to Fail.” More importantly, the folks at Politico who reviewed an advanced copy of the book basically call “Young Guns” the “US Weekly” of thought books.

The GOP's "Young Guns" are long on platitudes and personality but short on policy details in a new book scheduled for publication just weeks before a midterm election that could propel them into power....

In stark contrast to Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America," the one-page manifesto that accompanied the 1994 Republican takeover of the House, "Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders" is a 224-page marketing tool for the men who hope to run the House. It critiques the problems of the White House and congressional Democratic governance, while offering limited prescriptions for change.

Oh, but break out the popcorn 'cause the best part of the book promotion is the commercial.

As trailers go, it’s not bad. All that’s missing is a car chase, a love story and Nicolas Cage.

Unlike “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” I’m pretty certain “The Young Guns” is a movie I wouldn't want to see in its entirety. But if the Gallup poll is right, I might not have a choice.

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 31, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
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Instead of writing they should spend more time governing and then they wouldn't have to write a book thier actions would speak for themselves.

Posted by: rlj1 | August 31, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

HOW GREAT. THE LIBERAL DEMS MUST REALLY BE HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING THEIR MEALS DOWN. ALL OF THE GARBAGE THEY HAVE ESPOUSED FOR THE PAST 18 MONTHS IS COMING HOME TO ROOST. IT IS TOO BAD THAT WE CANNOT HAVE A VOTE ON THE GREAT ONE. HE WOULD BE OUT OF OFFICE ALSO.

IT IS PLEASING TO SEE THAT MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE FED UP WITH THE CHANGE THIS GUY IS OFFERING. WE HAVE BECOME A LAUGHING STOCK IN THE WORLD. THE LATEST IS THE INFORMATION GIVEN TO THE UN INDICATING THAT THE US IS A PROPONENT OF UNJUST ACTION TOWARD CERTAIN PERSONS WHO RESIDE IN THE US. OBUMA NEVER STOPS APOLOGIZING FOR US. HE BETTER START APOLOGIZING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR HIS TOTALLY INEPT ATTEMPTS TO RUN THE COUNTRY. THIS PRODUCT OF CHICAGO COULD NOT EVEN RUN A CORNER LEMONADE STAND. BUT HE WOULD NEED RESTO TO BUY THE STAND FOR HIM FIRST. KEEP IT UP AMERICANS, WE WILL SUCCEED.

Posted by: MALBENNET | August 31, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Malbennet: Let me guess, you're an unemployed, overweight, pissed-off white guy surviving on government benefits, who thinks of Sarah Palin as an intellectual giant. Am I right? If you & those like you win, the rest the country loses, & we take a sharp right turn back to the '50s. Sad.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 31, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"IT IS TOO BAD THAT WE CANNOT HAVE A VOTE ON THE GREAT ONE. HE WOULD BE OUT OF OFFICE ALSO."

OK, so your Republicans sweep into power thi year.

Then what?

I've yet to hear of any particular plan. No details. How do you plan to spend less and still create more jobs?

And please don't come back with "extend the Bush tax cuts". If you think extending the cuts for the top 2% will magically stimulate THIS economy, you're insane.

Those cuts haven't expired yet, they are STILL IN EFFECT. So obviously they are not working.

Besides, that was Reagan's and Bush's idea. I believe you're going to need something a little different, something new.

I'll be patiently waiting for the plan.

Posted by: steve-2304 | August 31, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I thought Young Guns was a fun movie. Cmon, who doesn't like a story about Billy the Kid?

Posted by: Bailers | August 31, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Malbennet:

I am so glad you were first to set the high level tone for the discussion. But haven't you relied on a few too many facts to support your argument?

Posted by: robertpoyourow | August 31, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Republicans have some very sharp, up-and-coming, young conservatives--very positive for the party.
Old Democrats such as Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Waters, Brown, etc...are proving to be same-old, same-old: in bed with the uneducated union leaders; tax and spend, Entitlements/Welfare/Handouts..that's all, folks.

Posted by: ohioan | August 31, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's "Young Guns" are long on platitudes and personality but short on policy details......

So is the rest of the GOP. Thier obstructionism along with the typical post administration/party change backlash may sweep them back into power - but "NO" is a pretty short legislative agenda...

Posted by: mini1071 | August 31, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I love it, I love it! The Washington Post and its racist so-called journalists. So Capehart says the Young Guns have nothing to offer and we're supposed to believe him? Actually, we should all be saying that the columnists at the Washington Post have nothing to offer but the same old leftist diatribe. Yawn! Yawn! Yawn!

Posted by: georges2 | August 31, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

We have a young gun here in IL and all he does is puppet the propaganda, lies, hypocrasy of the republican party.
He votes against everything but yet when something occurs due to government funding, stimulous he is right there taking credit for advancement.
You cannot be a republican without being as phony as the day is long, lacking honor and ethics.

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Posted by: ssdfknwefo | August 31, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama knows that the best thing that could happen to his Presidency at this point is for the Republicans to take control of the House. It's expected that the Democrats will keep the Senate but the House is where the crazies will make people regret ever wanting those Republicans back in power. I do believe that some of those idiotic weak bellied Democrats deserve to lose their seats. These folks just complain on and on and fight amongst themselves. But the real drama is going to be with the Tea Party folks in the House and all of the investigations they will want to launch on Obama. Let us see how long people will tire of their craziness. Obama will effectively tie any 2012 Republican in knots with these crazy people. Especially that Sharon Angle person - she will be the icing on the cake. I just love the way she talks crazy about the "citizenry". LMAO. Talk about crazy!!!!

Posted by: ATLGuy | September 1, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

To accurately view the current Republican party and its brown shirted followers, it might be interesting to reflect on the pledge of the first Republican Bush president. He vowed to make the US a "kinder, gentler" nation. Anyone advocating kindness or gentleness in today's US is immediately called a Marxist, and is lucky not to be literally beaten to death by the vicious, cruel illiterate goons who now run the Republican party, and will soon be leading this country down the well trod path that the Germans blazed in the 1930s.

Posted by: skylark1 | September 1, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

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