Now that Mitt Romney is gonna be The Elephant's Man -- short of a disgruntled bolide or suchlike, at least -- I'm seein' a lot of the GOP faithful wringing a change on Barry Goldwater's campaign slogan to come up with, "In our hearts, we hope he's Right."
Hope real hard; if the polls show that'd work for him, I'm sure he will be....just as long as it gets him what he wants.
Meanwhile, across the aisle and several rows closer to the Statist core, Christopher Hayes is sullyin' the 40-Acre Wood with an Empty Man Theory: Presidents are wholly at the mercy of their Party's chessmasters. He even offered bipartisan examples -- the most recent President Bush calling for America, as the last superpower, to be "humble" prior to declaring War On Terror and candidate (as opposed to President) Obama sneering down the idea of a "health insurance mandate." So by his notion, no matter how much triangulating Mr. Romney might do, it is trumped by Eeeeeevil Republican Leaders, who will inevitably do horribly "regressive" things.
...Mind you, he's happy enough seeing Presidents as puppets of the Inner Party, just so long as it's the right Party; which tells me everything I need to know about him.
And possibly as much as I need to know about Mr. Romney, too.
I'm still votin' for Ron Paul in the primary. That smoke-free-room cabal running his party keeps puttin' up guys I don't even want picking up my trash, let alone trying to manage the Executive Branch, and bedamned if I'll reward them.
Sure, everyone splutters about the Supreme Court, and how much less crap is in the crap sandwich on the Right-side plate as opposed to the one on the Left, but just as long as you continue to accept a choice between two different kinds of crap, do you know what you're gonna keep getting?
--I don't think you do; even if you do, a lot of voters seem to think it will magically turn into pumpkin pie once they pick. No. It's still crap. It's always going to be a choice of crap unless we start refusing it.
There are other parties out there. The GOP keeps going for mediocrity and the Dems are pushing class warfare. Are those really the options you want?
Update: over at Reason, I read, "Libertarians need to stop going along with a feckless GOP that takes limited-government partisans for granted," in an article about primary challenges to Senate fixture Orrin Hatch. Honest, we didn't compare notes before class.
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