In my my last three posts I’ve considered the problems that the Romney/Ryan ticket has created for themselves. Given the happenings over the past few days, Todd Akin in particular, I have pondered the difficulties the Republicans have had in launching an effective campaign from the beginning. Has the divine hand of providence been backing the other side? At least certainly not the group soon to meet in Tampa.
Thinking of the hand of providence, I recalled the time a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, half black and half white, was elected President of the United States. That remains a remarkable event even in this land of so yesterday. I believe Barry Obama to be a unique combination of racial backgrounds that allowed him to win. I would say he won because, in addition to running a great campaign, he transcends race. He is the personification of the American melting pot, which has prompted the far right to work all the harder to caricature him as a secret Muslim socialist born in Kenya.
His winning the Presidency was remarkable, even if his Presidency has been far less so, though given the circumstances far better than the Republicans portray. Given continued 8% unemployment and a sluggish economy, what I also find remarkable is the inability of the Republicans to mount a strong campaign against him. To begin with they couldn’t even find a candidate they really liked (too soon for another Bush and too early for Chris Christie), so they wound up with Mitt Romney. There was some truth in Rick Santorum’s assertion that Romney was the “worst candidate” for the Republicans . The problem was the others available, including Santorum, were worster. If they wanted to win that is.
I wasn’t being entirely facetious in a previous post when I suggested that Romney chose Ryan as his running mate because he was dying to be liked by his own party. Certainly if the pick was more rational, the campaign brains didn’t think it through, as I have also argued in recent posts. And that was before the Akin factor.
Etch-a-sketch Romney combined with facts and figures and clear cut statements on record by Ryan has been like trying to stir together oil and water. And one undissolved hunk is Ryan’s stance on Medicare, aimed at saving some form of the program but at what cost to recipients? This would seem the last thing the Republicans would want as a banner item at their Tampa convention in the grayest state in the union.
But wait, Missouri Republican Senatorial candidate Todd Akin topped that when bursting on to the national scene like a hand grenade with his novel theory of a woman’s body being able to shut down and prevent conception as long as the rape is “legitimate.” Trying to avoid the shrapnel from his statements, Republicans distanced themselves and one by one called for him to resign. John McCain called him an “idiot” and the normally intemperate Ann Coulter, hearing that Akin refused to drop out of the race, outdid herself with: “I officially hate him.” Romney seemed to wait for others to demand the resignation before he felt it necessary to demand it as well.
Unfortunately, new VP candidate Paul Ryan can’t distance himself completely because he and Akin co-sponsored a number of bills limiting abortion, with no clauses exempting women who are raped, which also just happens to be a party plank at the convention that now has drawn unwanted attention as well.
Medicare, rape and abortion – all tied to Paul Ryan in some way – just what the Republicans don’t want in the news right before their convention. And of course you’ve heard about this budding hurricane working its way toward the Tampa area.
I don’t know about God forsaking the Republicans, but he, she or it sure doesn’t have their backs at the moment.
P. S. – I stole the title for this post from an editorial by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post a few days ago. I had begun my piece when encountering Milbank’s and was going to just scrap my own and link you to his, as we cover much the same ground in a similar way. But I wanted to add a few things of my own, so ………. Also, his piece offers some additional details, so I suggest you read it as well. Linked right here.
Finally, I think it curious that current Republican events seemed bizarre enough that both Milbank and I were prompted to look for para-normal explanations.