Easily the worst part of being a Republican is constantly taking flak for Governor Romney. “He’s the best we’ve got,” or “ Well, maybe some business smarts will help the congress do something…” seems pretty weak when Mitt open up his mouth once again.
Never tiring of the same old, tired, disproved catch phrases, the Governor keeps right on pandering to his bases. Blurting whopper after whopper he steams right through the fog of his own baloney, ever pressing on to glory. Facts don’t matter, politics don’t matter, even the beliefs of his supporters don’t seem to matter. It certainly doesn’t seem to matter to his supporters either. I would have to say that the would-be President’s supporters are the most dogged and devoted bunch I’ve ever encountered. Armed with quasi-facts and conservative talking points they drone on and on about the “Apology tour” and the dissolution of medicare.
Not one I’ve met so far can find even one apology during the famous tour, not one “sorry,” not even a “we’ll do better next time.” Constantly rated “Pants on fire,” this is one of the pieces of accepted dogma that galls me the most. However, “The government takeover of health care,” the “redistribution of wealth” and “Government does not create jobs,” are right up there.
Seriously, how could someone slow down when they see a cop car, take their kids on a tour of the local fire house or put them on a bus to school, believe for a second that Government doesn’t create jobs? How could anyone who pays their own taxes, or even takes them to H&R Block not understand that the American tax system is progressive, is built to redistribute wealth? I don’t think that was Obama’s idea, or was he there during the second world war when the highest rate was 90%? He certainly doesn’t look that old. As for the “Government takeover of health care,” there’s no point in even arguing, none of the people protesting “Obamacare” seems to know anything about it. Most people are stunned to silence when it’s pointed out to them that The Affordable Care Act requires Congress to use the same insurance exchanges the rest of us will. This is something these very same protestors have been howling about for decades. Talk about fact-free thinking.
Still tonight will be the last debate, and I’m certainly glad of that. In a couple of weeks it will be all over, what a relief that will be. When Romney looses Republicans can go back to claiming that the “damn socialists” fixed the election and are ruining the country. As I’ve said before that will be the best thing that can happen for the Republican party. A little time out as it were, a chance to look their party in the eye, fabulously rich or distressingly poor and say “Well that didn’t work out as you said, did it?”
Oh, I expect at least 30,000 conspiracy theories and probably a year of total confusion before these hardy supporters figure out that a lot of what they heard just wasn’t exactly true, no matter how many times they heard it. There’s nothing wrong with these loyal, brave people they’re fighting for what they think is the “truth.” They are good people by and large, good Americans and best of all, they will be much harder to fool next time.
P.S. I’ve heard recently that Romney will “Win by a landslide!” I can think of no worse fate for the party than that. If we can hold on to congress, we‘ll still have to explain the lack of progress in the last two years. A bludgeon I’m sure the president will use liberally. If somehow Romney gets in, we’ll be “spainin’” for the rest of our lives.
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2012