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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

Friday, November 16, 2012

How Can We Miss You If You Won't Go Away

Mitt Romney opened his mouth to explain why he got McCained last week and the truth fell out.  Once again, Mr. 1% started bad mouthing those 47% moochers and takers.  In other words - surprise! - Mitt really did mean those 47% comments.


What's been interesting is finding a GOP figure to defend him.  Romney would have an easier time getting someone from PETA to have his back at this point.

This goes back to two things.

First, Mitt Romney is a dick and not a lot of people like him.  As a politician he is so false and calculating that he winds up pissing off all sorts of people.  Romney is a political hobbyist who decided to run for office and then proceeded to kind of pee on all the ideas and principles of those who made a career of it.  It's like he wandered into a stream full of fly fishermen and started chucking dynamite into the water.  Very expensive dynamite.

Second, this really tells us a lot about the GOP.  All the people who were singing R-Money's hosannas are now jostling with each other to see who can most vigorously throw him under the bus.

Part of this is that the GOP - as a party - is a tremendously hierarchical and top-down institution.  To quote James Carville about presidential candidates: "Democrats have to fall in love, Republicans just fall in line."  The lengthy primary season/clown show demonstrated that the GOP had a LOT of trouble falling in line behind him.

But fall in line they did.  And now that they don't have to be good soldiers, they are breaking ranks and ripping him to pieces.

And that's the other thing about the GOP: they don't tolerate losers well.  Democrats have come to like Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.  John Kerry might be elevated to Obama's cabinet.

Republican losers disappear into Viagra ads or even worse Meet the Press.  It's probably not a coincidence that John McCain had a little meltdown at a CNN reporter for pointing out that McCain seems more interested in scoring political points on Benghazi than actually going to the briefing.  McCain has to be poking at some old wounds this week.

The GOP is a party that needs to control the Presidency in order to have institutional structure.  They need that big, strong daddy figure to keep all the unruly Teatards in line.  Because conservatives in general tend to venerate the "Great Man", they need someone to tell them what's going to happen.

Right now - and for the past four years - they've been buffeted between Boehner and McConnell and Limbaugh and Beck and Palin and Romney and Ryan.  It must have been exhausting.

Romney gave them some focus.  But now he is a liability, and they can't get rid of him fast enough.

But, dear reader, who will they turn to next?

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