New generation rising: Nancy Mace’s perfect timing (Lindsey Graham vs. Nancy Mace)

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McCain likes to “make up” with liberals like Hillary and Secretary of State John Kerry from the hippie days when he was a POW. He is a sentimentalist and a better writer than he is a legislator. And he is a “feeling” guy and wants everybody to get along. He wants everybody to like him so long as they are all over 65. Young people give him the cold willies. Never trust anyone under 65.

He has the media charmed like a Hindu snake charmer. But if you actually go and examine the work, like Hillary’s, it doesn’t hold up. I did not vote for him for president because he is a dangerous sentimentalist about war, an unsteady and unstable hand, and a poor manager in a tradition we used to honor: Eisenhower, George Marshall, Lee and Grant.

But when a McCain contemporary — a true, historic man of honor and a four-star general who came back from Vietnam in a basket with five bullets in his back and chest — made a similar suggestion when McCain ran for president, the mainstream media released the winged monkeys in McCain’s defense. He is a fixed piece of the '60s and '70s pop culture narrative, the favorite “conservative” for '60s liberals to love, kind of a folk hero like Waylon Jennings or Evel Knievel.

Today he is on his victory lap, getting the applause from the liberal caucus and preening his conviction that he has put a stake in the heart of those “wacko birds” — those young'uns of the Tea Party who dare to climb kicking and screaming into the world, his world (Hillary’s, too, and Kerry’s and Bibi’s and Lindsey Graham’s).

McCain’s and Graham’s generation of long-in-the-tooth Republicans is today much like the Eleanor Roosevelt/Adlai Stevenson liberal crowd back in the late '50s and early '60s when they saw those horrid Kennedy brothers stepping up. 

Much like the Ford guys and the Chevy guys in the 1950s, they thought it would never end — the tail fins would always get bigger — until the first Volkswagen and the classic Volvo Amazon suddenly appeared on the streets. Fear gripped the soul. Then that ugly expression popped up and it kept being heard all through the '60s: “Irrelevant.”

Earth to McCain and Graham (and Hillary, Kerry and Bibi): Time passes. It happens. And now here come more of those young people. Nancy Mace's timing to run against Lindsey Graham for the South Carolina senate seat could not be more perfect.

“The first woman to graduate from the Citadel is planning to challenge South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary next year. Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace will head to Goose Creek Saturday to announce her Senate campaign, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.”

Get ready. It's starting. Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Mace would seem a formidable quaternity. Time to take it back to the garden and fire up a jumbo.