Do they want to beat Obama, or is it a win-win for the GOP even if they lose in November?
From the onset it all looked puzzling. The line up of presidential candidates was the first clue. Let's start with the "Brother from another mother," "9-9-9 Plan" and other folksy phrases, plus sexual harassment scandals of Pizza King Herman Cain. Then there was Texas Gov. Rick Perry's debate amnesia, piled on numerous other cringe-worthy gaffes followed closely by Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann's loony declarations.
Rick Santorum's ideology sounded like he took a page from the Taliban's handbook. Newt Gingrich's displayed questionable family values and work ethics (ala Freddie Mac venture). Add in Ron Paul, much-ignored by the GOP establishment with stark Libertarian views that made many balk, and the dubious pile put on a hellava circus show.
Jon Huntsman, the most rational among the bunch, was completely written off, which left Ron Paul coming off as the sanest of the pile, which says a lot.
I started to have doubts then. Is this the best the GOP can come up with after they ranted and raved from the day of the inauguration, when the Oval Office chair had not even gotten warm from his occupancy yet, to dethrone the president? When Kentuckey Sen. Mitch McConnell loudly vowed that his sole mission was to make Obama "a one term president"?
When the accusations went from mild to contradictory wild--from the president being a Kenyan Muslim, "un-American," a socialist, a fat cat Wall Street-loving capitalist to him destroying the country and inciting the Apocalypse--one would think that the Grand Ole Party would come out with both guns blazing, with a couple UZIs for back-up. (Funny gun reference too soon after two recent massacres? If I offended, sorry-- I didn't think you conservatives would mind, seeing as how some of you love to cling to your arms. Sorry, is that offensive too?)
Now the champion of fighters left standing to go up against Barack Hussein Obama is Mitt Romney. The chosen one they didn't want. The one they loved to hate. The one whose Mormon religion was called a cult by a popular evangelical, with no condemnation or reprimand from the GOP establishment.
Now there is the furor over the tax returns and his bungled foreign tour. This got me thinking: No one is this obtuse, and Romney didn't get where he is today by being soft or stupid. So what is at play here?
Causing his taxes to be an issue is foolhardy, and "The Mitt" is no fool. Does he even want to win? During this Obama administration, the Reublicans aren't doing too badly. In fact, they seem to have the upper hand most of the time and they now control the House of Representatives, wrestled from the inept grasp of the Democrats.
They have managed to hold on to their Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. They have managed to stonewall and hold Congress and the rest of the country hostage, even unemployment benefits, until they got what they wanted. They have gotten to star center stage in the healthcare reform drama, calling the individual mandate unconstitutional when they were the original authors of said measure.
Many of the bills passed, including financial and credit card reforms, are so watered down, thanks to Republicans manuerverings and the president compromising, that it doesn't look like a loss to them.
Under financial reforms, MorganStanley Chase still managed to lose upwards of $2 billion, so what if anything, did they change since the catastrophic financial collapse of 2007-8?
They get to block and cry foul when the country's economy continues to falter and still get to throw darts when a little ray of sunshine peeks through the dismal economic clouds.
So if Obama goes back for four more years, what do they have to lose? Their game of blame and claim seems to be working quite fine for them. Who gives a damn about country when politically, playing the vaillain and the victim simultaneously is so much darn fun?
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