Archive for August 11, 2012
This happened in August, 2009:
One of the right wing’s favorite petty complaints about the Obama administration is over its dress code. Former Bush chief of staff Andrew Card has said that President Obama has brought a “kind of locker room experience” to the White House. The Washington Times yesterday published an account from an “observant source” who complained that “[f]lip-flops, tennis shoes, unbuttoned dress shirts with ties, and casual wear are now in style at the White House. Razors are out for men. Many male staffers seem to shave every couple of days.” Today, Andy McCarthy at the Corner takes another shot and in the same breath, invokes a comparison to the Iranian regime:
Derb, I’ve noticed that President Obama frequently forgoes the necktie — lately, even in public appearances. That reminded me — I have no idea why — that the Iranian regime has shunned the necktie ever since Khomeini pronounced it a symbol of Western decadence.
This would be Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan this morning, Ryan sans tie (is he a terrorist?):
I’m waiting for the right to make comparisons to Iran and Khomeini. I’m sure they’ll be all over it tomorrow.
This, from the very conservative David Frum sums up, imho, what happened in the bowels of the Republican party given Romney’s Paul Ryan pick as his VP:
The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney’s, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist’s. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.
They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.
So, in essence, Grover Norquist is playing Mitt Romney. Heck, Norquist himself might as well be the candidate.
Wasting no time:
Watch Mitt Romney introduce Paul Ryan, his VP pick (pay attention):
Romney, seconds ago when introducing his vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan:
“Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan.”
At 9:05 a.m. ET this morning, Mitt Romney will announce his VP pick – Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. 9:05 a.m. on a Saturday? Really? Who’s paying attention at that hour? Or maybe that’s the point?
This is the most interesting thing I’ve read yet about what might be going on behind the scenes:
Ryan is Wall Street’s dream candidate for a complete takeover of America. By forcing him down Romney’s throat today– even if it’s going to turn out to be as failed a bid as it now looks– Ryan will be set up as the GOP presidential nominee for 2016. The Big Business interests and Tea Party financiers who Ryan represents are getting exactly what they want… even if they have to sit through four more years of an ineffective neither-fish-nor-fowl Obama administration. Many GOP propagandists were beating the drum on Ryan all week– especially since Romney’s approval numbers are in the toilet nationally. But Republican columnist David Frum was swimming against the current in his own party– even as Romney was hinting that Ryan was his man. Frum understands that the people who pushed Ryan on Romney don’t like Romney, don’t respect Romney and might not even care if he loses… as long as they’re setting Ryan up as the next in line.
Romney is so desperate, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was getting played like this.