Rachel Maddow does it again. Last night’s show was hilarious, as you can see by this very segment on Aging Guns Who Insist on Womaning Down:
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor turns 50 on Thursday…. Awkward thing here, though, is this. Mr. Cantor and Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Paul Ryan back in 2007, they decided to embrace a nickname given to them by the Weekly Standard Magazine, the Young Guns.
I ran a post or two on that very thing, that very laughable thing, right here: POW! Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders and here: “Young Guns”: Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders.
Godtheywerefunny. The gun imagery, the idea that they were cool, studly, rough ‘n tough cowpokes (dressed as insurance salesmen), I couldn’t have written anything half as amusing if I’d tried.
Back to Rachel:
It’s 2007, these guys are young and totally with it. Republicans are young and they’re so young and vital! But then, you know, life happens, nobody stays young forever. And at a certain point, a nickname like Young Guns starts to feel like false advertising.
You could change it to something like “Middle Aged But Holding Up Okay Guns.”
Another awkward thing here, though, is the original Young Guns were all guys. In trying to make the Republican party seem less like it was “all guys,” the Young Guns tried to start a new effort last year called Y.G. Woman Up! And right after they started that, they released their slate of endorsed candidates for Congress in 2012 which actually had proportionally fewer women than were already serving in Congress.
So that ended up being an awkward thing too. Woman up!, by which we mean woman down.
Now, though, these guys are taking another crack at it. It’s not going very well.