Posted on | August 25, 2012 | 5 Comments
The many months of attempting to find the “anti-Romney,” the candidate without a large state government health care plan or a more liberal governing record in his past, seem to have been unsuccessful.
As foretold by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat in November 2011, the political press at that time was ready to commit to nearly a year of avoiding Romney’s ‘inevitability,’ engaging in an “extended masquerade, designed to persuade credulous readers and excitable viewers that the Republican presidential nomination is actually up for grabs.”
Masquerade, my right big toe. Every single day had to be played out, and it’s pure hooey to pretend otherwise:
- Romney could well have imploded, a la Akin. Still could.
- The base had to be identified, and persuaded to get off the couch.
- The issues had to be identified, publicly mensurated, and sorted.
Anybody who says that, without the nomination process as a whole, Romney would not have arrived at Paul Ryan as VP pick is really doing a disservice. The primary votes were cast (I didn’t vote for Romney in the VA primary) and those results were important information for decision making upstream.
In summary, I reject all this: “your voice doesn’t matter, it’s all decided by the power brokers” noise. Pure disinformatzya. Keep an eye on anybody circulating it.