The RNC is starting to treat conservatives the way the Chicago Cubs treats its fans.

Long-suffering Cubs fans are sometimes referred to as the most loyal fans in baseball. Without a World Series win since 1908, and around 83% attendance rate, we are the “lovable losers” who keep giving management another chance.

The Cubs know what we want, don’t give it to us, and yet the “lovable losers” return year after year hoping that “this will be the year.” Renovate some stadium bathrooms and add bison dogs and we’ll be swayed into giving them more slack.

Well this won’t be the year the RNC “gets it,” which they solidified yesterday with the announcement that Senator John McCain is one of seven “headliner” convention speakers.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

The keynote speaker and others will be named closer to the Aug. 27-30 event, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in announcing the headliners, whom he called “some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles.”

“Ours will be a world-class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers — and those that will be announced later — will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event,” Priebus said.

Senator McCain represents the real mistake in 2008; and I’m not so sure the RNC and Republican Establishment have gotten the memo on the whole grassroots revolution that occurred in the party since then. Whoever Romney picks as his VP will signal whether he has been paying attention to what’s happening in his own party.

Seemingly unwilling to be outdone by its counterpart the RNC, the DNC announced today that Carter will address the Charlotte convention via video.

Wrigley Field won’t last forever, and the Cubs fans have been running on fumes for a while. So have the conservatives, and the John McCain selection certainly isn’t sustenance for the 2012 fight.