August 15th, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn -- This has been the wildest and strangest Republican Presidential campaign years I can ever remember.
I thought the same thing four years ago when McCain picked Sarah Palin at about the same time and for probably the same reason -- to shake things up and try to inject some energy into the base of the Republican party right wing support for McCain -- because not only was he losing what few independents Bush and Cheney hadn't already driven away by their war-mongering madness and lassez-faire on steroids financial policy -- but the choice of Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential running mate, while it made for great fun and marvelous political fodder for the pundits and the media -- made almost no sense at all for the supposed "Etch-a-Sketch" man.
The only thing the choice of Ryan was successful in accomplishing, as far as I can tell, is it stopped the constant bombardment of the media
for Romney to release his tax returns for 72 hours -- and it gave the national audience something really tangible to be concerned about in dramatically more alarming fashion than wanting to see the tax returns of a multimillionaire running for President. Now the question is can Count Dracula Ryan stop sucking the blood out of the middle class and working poor long enough to win a Presidential election. Does he even know how to?
Paul Ryan had run as a virtually unchallenged "favorite son" of a three generation influential and prominent family in his district in
Wisconsin -- but in the aftermath of his "Ryan Budget Plan", which called for the "voucherization" and virtual killing of medicare -- the tide had appeared to have turned against him even in his home district to the point that it was considered a very real possibility that he would not survive his re-election bid there.
More than doubling down --- Romney appeared to go for broke with the Ryan pick -- and it has been speculated that the right wing and
Romney insiders already believed they were toast and the move had no other purpose than to "tee" Paul Ryan up for the GOP Presidential run in 2016. Stunningly, though, even that seems likely to have back-fired if the Romney-Ryan ticket goes down in flames. And the immediate result appears to have been to move the lightning rod that was the "Ryan Budget Plan" in districts all around the country -- even in solidly Republican districts -- from a House of Representatives and Senate level phenomenon to a Presidential level "fire-storm".
Romney, even in his introduction of Ryan (whom he referred to as the next President of United States), made an ostentatious point of
proclaiming the Romney-Ryan tickets love of Social Security and its undying support forever for Medicare and Medicaid -- as curious tactic indeed when you have just picked and are preparing to introduce the most radical and widely publicized enemy of those programs in the country -- much less the House of Representatives.
And now Romney is forced to lie, distort, dissemble and act uncertain and a little confused about the similarities and differences between
himself and Paul Ryan when it comes to just about every questions regarding policy. Romney is actually out on the hustings saying that there is still "a lot of work to be done" in sorting out their view points -- saying he is sure there are some things they agree on and other they don't, but that even their differences may or may not be very big and "probably not very significant". The fact that he is even saying this is the sign, in my opinion, of a very poorly implemented campaign strategy -- or an alarmingly ill-considered strategy -- apparently made in haste -- if not in full blown free fall and panic. And now -- even Paul Ryan seems to be running away from Paul Ryan! Pitiful indeed!
I mean, look -- the Romney campaign ran crazy to the right during the primary because he was afraid that he wasn't liked well enough by
the rank-and-file right wing of the party to actually get the nomination -- and painted himself into the corner a little by doing so. Then, he chose not to release his income tax returns for enough years -- probably politically unnerved by what they would show the American people -- and then stumbled and bumbled -- and even sent his wife Ann out to stumble and bumble and talk about "you people" -- you know, all of you who aren't fabulously rich like Mitt and I -- "have seen enough".
And then Romney talked big and tough and mean and touted his big, bad business skills as just what is need in the country -- not a guy
who has never even been in business before. And then when we took a peak at what he actually did when he was a big, bad, tough business man -- that so prepared him to right the ship of state economically -- he cried foul, accused us of being jealous, and said we didn't believe in capitalism and free enterprise -- and that we were inciting middle class working people to be jealous of his great wealth.
And frankly, sometimes he came across as a thick-headed rich, arrogant, not too bright frat boy type -- in disbelief that we didn't know -- or act like -- we knew he was "hot sh-t because -- hey I'm a rich dude, man! I got the bucks!
And just when the American people and the national media seemed to be beginning to question the soundness of his touting his business acumen and wild success at Bain -
- and then running rapidly away from it, crying "foul play" and "dirty pool". And just when we had all begun to conclude that either something was terribly wrong in Mitt's tax returns -- or he should have release them first thing and made a non-issue of it -- he panics and picks biggest Republican political liability of this election cycle.
And now the really damaging question. If he's blundering this badly in the trial runs and warm-ups for the job -- what's it going to look like if he should (shudder!!) actually get the job and have to do it for real -- live and on television. Not pretty to contemplate -- that's for sure!
Romney is a fake and a fraud -- and the American people deserve better!