Sunday, September 9, 2012

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.9

After an campaign that seems like its been going on forever we are now only sixty days from election day. The party conventions are both over and if they didn't clarify the nominees plans for the future at all at least they did clarify what the election itself is about. Since President Obama was elected the Republicans have had just one goal, keep him from being reelected. When, okay if, Obama wins in November the GOP has no Plan B so for all practical purposes it becomes politically bankrupt party. That fact, combined with the automatic tax increases and spending cuts coming at years' end, should force them to compromise with the Democrats for the first time in years. Should the President win he has the added benefit of not having to worry about reelection ever again so can force some issues he couldn't before.

Convention wrap part 1 ….

The only news of any real value to come out of the Republican National Convention actually happened before it. That would be Willard's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. The only thing Ryan clarified during his acceptance speech was that he could lie better and with less guilt than any politician in history. Even Fox News itself ran a piece saying just that. It isn't good for you election prospects when all anybody remembers about your three day infomercial is that nature in the form of Hurricane Issac, somehow knowing Willard would mock global warming in his acceptance speech, chased them out of Tampa and Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair in prime time.

For all practical purposes Willard was but an afterthought at his own convention. The RNC was like a political time capsule and much older, whiter (there were possibly fifty African American delegates), and very much richer than the Democratic National Convention. The focus was on how much they literally hate the President, that this country is theirs whether the rest of us like it or not, and on auditioning for the 2016 Presidential race. In essence to them this election isn't about what Willard would do, he has no clue, but against Obama and his policies.

The DNC was a different beast entirely and suddenly changed the dynamics of the election.

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