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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, August 13, 2012

Behind The Veil

Romney's decision to pick Ryan was Romney's decision:

His political advisers were against the pick.  Romney was for it, because  Ryan's plan would insure that Romney pays no taxes he respects Paul Ryan.  What his political advisers know is that Ryan's plan is politically toxic, especially for a candidate that the electorate already thinks is a heartless schmuck.  Romney's unfavorables are higher than any presidential candidate on record.  And he has now thrown his arms around a budget that is arguably even more unpopular.

Paul Ryan is not Sarah Palin.  He is much smarter (without being really as smart as his reputation suggests) and a much, much better liar politician.  But he still represents a political risk and he still demonstrates something unfavorable about the top of the ticket.

Palin exposed McCain's impulsive, reckless side - which was only reinforced by the bizarre suspension of his campaign in October.  Ryan exposes Romney's inability to reach out beyond the narrow band of people that he is comfortable with.  You know, rich white people.

UPDATE: Gee, I wonder what his advisers were worried about?

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