August 27th, 2012
By Bifford Caulfied -- Just in the nick of time -- God has finally rendered judgement on Republicans. An all-knowing and all-powerful God,
who clearly, then, knew when the Republican Convention was scheduled. But he still sent Hurricane Isaac right on over to the Florida Keys and in effect cancelled the first day of the Republican Convention scheduled to get rolling in Tampa, Fl., on Monday.
I, personally, have been shocked, appalled -- and embarrassed -- by the constant carnival and cartoonish antics of those purported
Republican primary candidates alleged to have the "gravitas" to be considered for the office of the Presidency. All I could say as the hilarity rolled on, was -- wow! -- this is definitely the strangest -- and most entertaining -- GOP primary political campaign -- and now presidential campaign -- that I can ever remember -- in its entire history.
You have a candidate in Mitt Romney, who actually was governor in a state -- Massachusetts -- who achieved the singular accomplishment --
so elusive in America -- of successfully providing virtually every citizen of the state healthcare -- which would have been a powerful record to run on. But the extremist lurch to the right of the tea-party inspired crazies in the GOP -- has made that admirable accomplishment anathema to the Republican extreme right wing base.
Then you saw Romney touting his "business" and "job-creating" experience in private enterprise as qualification for the job of Presidency --
with his campaign dissing President Obama as a guy who came to what Republican party touts as basically the "CEO" of the United States, a business and management job, in their view, with none of the "chops" 0r "street cred" that the job requires. But a quick peak under the hood and Romney is revealed to be a leveraged buy-out specialist and predatory capitalist who made a lot of money by loading companies up with a lot of debt, then laying workers off and out-sourcing jobs to foreign countries -- and parts unknown -- then, in many cases, filing bankruptcy and off-loading pension fund and retirements plan responsibilities to workers off onto American taxpayers through government pension protection and preservation plans -- and walking away pocketing the millions Bain Capital cheated workers out of and then stiffed American taxpayers with the bill for. In other words, much of Romney's wealth was the result of ill-gotten gain at the expense of the taxpayers and American workers -- if not, in fact, actual fraud. Suffice it to say, at any rate, that the bloom was off the rose very quickly -- and Romney was forced to bob and weave and dip and dodge -- and to all appearances connive, lie, and fabricate new scenarios and events -- most of them disingenuous at best -- to attempt to explain, escape responsibility for, or justify actions taken by the company which supposedly bequeathed t0 him his qualifications to be President of the United States.
And then there is the vast, rich soil of social issues for the GOP to till. And then Romney who bragged that he was more "liberal" on abortion,
gay-rights, contraception, healthcare for women than Ted Kennedy -- which he would have had to, of course, to even have a snowballs chance in hell of beating Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, and he was then forced to abandon those opinions quickly and distance himself from them -- in order to attempt to appeal to enough right-wingers in the party to secure the GOP nomination. And the resulting success of that effort was that Romney painted himself into the far right corner of GOP philosophy to curry favor with far right extremists in the Republican base -- and light years to the right of where he would need to be, politically, in order to appeal to independents and the Democratic and Republican center in order to have a chance to win the general election.
Romney tops it all off with his "self-deportation" solution to the immigration problem -- which requires an economy continuing to founder to even work -- and his promise to sign "personhood" bills, kill Planned Parenthood, and repeal the Affordable Care Act -- and you have what may be very nearly a political perfect storm in the offing.
And, regrettably for Romney, when it was all said and done -- the far right of the party still weren't sure Romney could be trusted,
because there was so much history of him trying to prove he was moderate and progressive enough -- so he was forced to pick a further "far-right darling" in Paul Ryan -- to reassure the billionaires that were going to pony up the money that would give him a chance to defeat Obama. So here Romney is now -- a decent man with somewhat moderate views on social issues that agrees with every right wing position of lowering taxes on himself and his rich plutocrat friends, deregulate business, and he still isn't completely trusted by the right wing base -- and at the same time -- by having picked Paul Ryan as a running mate -- and as a result of all the ever-progressively more right wing and extreme views he has had to embrace to keep the base in tact -- he is potentially trapped in a far right party -- on the record with far right views -- so much so, in fact, that the rank and file of America may have no choice but to avoid him in order to maintain their sense of balance and social safety net security.