The Atlas Shrugged Ticket: Mitt’s in Trouble

Peter Beinart explains:

Romney has just chosen a running mate with deeply unpopular views to shore up support among a conservative base that, were it less fanatical, would have been shored up already. In so doing, he has forfeited perhaps his best chance to introduce himself anew to the constituencies that distrust him and his party, and he has teed up exactly the budgetary debate that Obama wanted. In 1996 the Clinton campaign worked relentlessly to tie Bob Dole to Newt Gingrich because of Gingrich’s association with slashing middle-class entitlements. Now Romney has done the equivalent of putting Gingrich on the ticket.

But it gets worse. Increasingly Romney looks like a man who can be rolled. He’s changed his mind on abortion and gay rights. He’s largely unwilling to defend the health-care law that was the centerpiece of his governorship. He went to Jerusalem and, with right-wing sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson looking on, refused to defend his own stated position in support of a Palestinian state. And now he chooses a running mate who was widely considered too extreme to put on the ticket until right-wing pundits launched an unprecedented public pressure campaign to make Romney do just that.

Sounds right to me.

Is it just me, or would Paul Ryan, with blonde hair, bear an uncanny resemblance to Vanilla Ice? I wonder if Vanilla Ice has ever read The Fountainhead.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to The Atlas Shrugged Ticket: Mitt’s in Trouble

  1. andrewclunn says:

    Romney’s pick has actually resonated with some of my blue dog democrats friends (which shocked the hell out of me). You wouldn’t think that this would work for independents, but my anecdotal evidence is saying otherwise. Perhaps the goal is to make this election about economics? He’ll never win the hard core libertarians like me doing this… but maybe we’re not his goal?

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      Well, that’s surprising. We’ll see. I have to assume for now that your friends constitute an insufficient sample. I’m astonished that this doesn’t draw you to the Romney ticket–Ryan seems quite obviously honest, sincere, and determined to steer the country in an economically libertarian direction from the inside.

      Myself, I’m ambivalent about Ryan. I absolutely hate his positions on social issues (gay rights in particular), but if he’s a closet Rand atheist playing church on Sunday, that makes me think his bullshit detector is a little higher set than it publicly appears.

      And he’s right, of course. Spending has to be brought under control, but I think you do it via serious and sustained military budget slashing and taxing the rich at Clinton level rates. The feds, in my view, should take in no more than 20% of the country’s GDP and it should be through fair taxation (which means that a person like Romney should pay at least 25% and not the 10-15% he probably averages.

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