Mud that Sticks

Romney fared much better at that debate. He smiled, he took initiative, he had ideas, and he managed to fend off the few attacks Obama launched. Of course, Romney’s plans do not add up. Even the estimates of the economists that Romney and Ryan cite to the contrary rely on hard to accept numbers, and make assumptions that few can or would accept. Obama missed all kinds of chances to hold R-money accountable for these wild ideas. All this is well covered in the press.

And now, with the latest favorable unemployment numbers, a cadre of people is quick to imagine the civil service employees have swindled the public to cook the numbers. I mean, they have to be wrong; we know Obama is evil, and we never can trust the government anyway!

Here is a reactionary attempt at humor:
During a recent Romney campaign stop, a heckler from the audience hollered, "Hey Mitt Witt, where are you hiding your tax returns? Governor Romney politely responded, "I’ve found a very secure place that I’m certain they won’t be found." The insistent heckler, then shouted, "And just where is that, dummy"? Governor Romney smiled and said, "They are underneath Obama’s birth certificate, his college records, his immigration status as a student, and his funding sources to pay for college. What’s your next question"?"

Here’s better humor: Craig T. Nelson says, on Glenn Beck’s show, “I’ve been on food stamps and welfare, did anyone help me out? No.”

What do these things really indicate? They are all consistent with this deep mistrust by the right of the left. This behavior is sad and juvenile. There is a steadfast faith in pure conservative principles that is so loyal, so blind that it precludes holes in the system, it defies history, and forces false ideology to the point of patently rejecting any exception. Obama’s programs and background all check out. Furthermore, it is the Republicans who have a candidate of the month, followed by a plan of the month, all consistently NOT backed up by any sort of connection to facts and norms.

I think whatever mud Obama might have slung, and the toughness he is displaying after the debate will slide off Romney for so many on the right, because they think Romney MUST be right. After all, he’s on the political right. The right needs a world that works simply, according to the protestant ethic. And it needs to mistrust and accuse everything else. They say, ‘Who cares what Romney predicts? Under a conservative government, more pure economics will operate, and the result will be a robust economy, and any government-based concepts will be wrong.


No wonder the best speech of late was the one that took on this alternative reality with facts and arithmetic. Go get em’ Barack, give em hell like Clinton did.

About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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