It is a real sign of the intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party that they have no ideas of their own to make their main theme. Their theme comes from Barack Obama. Of course they don’t have the courage to confront Obama’s actual ideas and are resorting to distorting a comment from Obama taken out of context. If Republicans were honest they would say: “Deficit, high unemployment, a weak economy, an a climate of bigotry–we built it.”
The Republican convention got underway today and they managed to nominate a ticket to the right of Goldwater/Miller in 1964. Their new slogan might be: Extremism In Defense Of Wealthy Avoiding Taxes Is No Vice, Moderation in Pursuit of Anything is No Virtue.
We’ve heard a lot of bogus attacks on Barack Obama but the Republicans have no ideas of their own. They have nothing to offer. Republican economics is to real world economics what creationism and climate change denial are to science. It says a lot about the incompetence of Republicans at running government programs that they think that running a lemonade stand is the most important training for a president.
The speakers haven’t even said much about Mitt Romney until Ann Romney came on. Ann Romney is an excellent speaker. It is a shame she is working for the dark side. I do feel sorry that her horse didn’t do better in the Olympics, but I sure don’t want to see her husband become president. Being a good speaker doesn’t mean she is honest. We heard about her father, but she left out how he was an atheist, and how Mitt converted him to Mormonism after his death. She repeated past fantasies about the two being poor in college when they were actually quite well off living off stock options.
Forget Ann Romney’s fantasy biography. If you want to read a better Mitt Romney fantasy biography, put aside any dislike you might have for David Brooks and read his column today. The biography begins:
Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.
Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.
Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project, “Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known,” was widely admired.
The Romneys had a special family tradition. The most cherished member got to spend road trips on the roof of the car. Mitt spent many happy hours up there, applying face lotion to combat windburn.
The teenage years were more turbulent. He was sent to a private school, where he was saddened to find there are people in America who summer where they winter. He developed a lifelong concern for the second homeless, and organized bake sales with proceeds going to the moderately rich.
Chris Christie came on next to give the keynote speech, after stepping outside to snack on Hurricane Isaac. He went off-topic and spoke of how his father went to a public university under the GI Bill. He did leave out a few facts about the New Jersey economy. He bragged far more about things he tore down than things he built, setting up his campaign for 2016 after Mitt Romney loses in 2012.