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Do the Republicans Want to Lose?

Paul Ryan's a good guy and all, but unless Mitt Romney starts moving toward the center, this election may end up being over before it starts.

OK, we’re back from my biannual Olympic stupor. What’s been going on?

Mitt Romney made some news? That’s still going on? Oh, yeah. It’s election season.

Dejected sigh.

So, then, what’s the news? Romney picked a running mate? Doesn’t he have to be the nominee to have a running mate? Don’t they at least get to the convention before adding someone?

OK, OK. He chose someone. Who is it again?

Excuse me? Did I hear you right? Did you say Paul Ryan? Really? That sounds like a joke.

When did Mitt Romney and the Republicans decide they wanted to lose this election?

You see, I believe Ryan’s a smart guy. Has a pretty good head on his shoulders, and has ideas – something that’s usually a dangerous thing in Washington. His big thing is the budget. And it’s that issue that is going to bite the Republicans where the sun don’t shine.

(Unless they cheat by changing voting rules in certain states … which wouldn’t happen, would it? What? Oh, no you didn't.)

So the big part of Ryan’s big budget overhaul is making changes to Medicare, Medicaid and pretty much every entitlement program you can think of. Most of which would affect seniors. And seniors, a prized Republican demographic, don’t like changes that are going to affect their health care.

And where are there a lot of seniors? Florida, a major swing state. Oh, wait; they’ll probably throw another strange ballot with hanging chads at the seniors again.

So, let’s review a little. The Romney-Paul ticket already has a good portion of women quaking in their boots. You have socially progressive folks (you know, the ones for gay marriage) afraid of anything Republican. And now you’ve gone and got the seniors over the barrel?

Yeah. Good strategy.

All kidding aside, this move seemed like Romney’s way of placating the people he needs on the far right side of the party (especially the budget conscious Tea Party folks) while giving him the leeway to move center to try and grab the undecideds.

But, so far, we haven’t seen any moving toward center. And I wonder if that’s even possible in today’s media landscape. Can the pundits at Fox News and outlets handle a Republican candidate who panders toward the middle? Or will they continue to force the candidates into the same talking points that are divisive rather than trying to find common solutions?

Which continues to be our biggest problem. No one wants to find the common solution. Everyone’s so afraid of giving ground that every election cycle is turning into a standoff between two babies fighting for the one stuffed bunny put in between them. Both sides are going to cry until one of them gets their way.

Meanwhile, the rest of us – the poor stuffed bunny – are left feeling dirty, used and frayed at our edges.

This can’t be the way forward. The constant fighting and bickering and partisan games need to stop. This country can’t get better with both sides saying they know the way, and have their teammates – the ones who should be helping find the way – out putting booby traps in the middle of the road. Or worse, sabotaging the car.

Well, we have one more week of relative quiet, I suppose. The conventions start a week from Monday, and that’s where the booby trapped boulder really starts picking up speed.

Let’s just hope we’re able to get out of the way in time.

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Roberto August 23, 2012 at 03:07 AM
What is sad about the Stanley's of the world they consider anyone trying to keep as of their income possible greedy but feel charitable & entitled to everyone else's hard labour & earned income.
Anon August 23, 2012 at 03:17 AM
There are way too many entitled Stanleys!
Stanley August 23, 2012 at 05:55 AM
If the American people don't start asking serious questions about Mormon doctrine, there is a grave danger that they will end up with a Mormon President who believes totally in a government based on Mormon theocracy. His first allegience will not be to the good people of America, but to his Mormon prophets in Salt Lake only. And remember that Mormons truly believe that their so called prophets and apostles receive direct communication from God. So, whatever they say must be obeyed by all the members, including Romney. It would be a highly dangerous situation to have an obedient Temple-attending member like Romney with ultimate and global power at his and his church's disposal. The Mormon church is based on a theocracy and blind obedience by all the members is demanded and expected by the leaders in Salt Lake. The church also believes that being super rich is a direct blessing from God for obedience to all the Mormon laws and ordinances. Heaven help middle income and the poorer sections of American society if Romney and his cohorts gain power. Mormonism has nothing whatsoever to do with Christ's gospel of love, indeed it is an anti-Christ organisation who wish to control people's lives and force them to obey their pharisaic laws
jill smith August 23, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Stanley we are drowning in quadrillions of derivatives and a national debt that will be 17 trillion soon enough.. Obama is not going to cut a thing, and when the dollar collapses everyone's freebies will be gone. At least Romney and Ryan will attempt to decrease the debt. There are things to worry about for sure, but Romney's religion is at the bottom of the list, don't be so easily sidetracked.
Anon August 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Stanley you are paranoid! Dude take a pill or something! I am concerned about the economy, not religion. I know a lot of Mormons, not a threat to me. Chill out!!
Diana August 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Belive it or not there are more mormons in Idaho then in Utah. Stanley you seem to know alot about the Mormon religion, perhaps you were one and got kicked out? I too know alot of Mormons and I don't feel threatened either.
Roberto August 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
If we can overlook a president sodomizing an intern in the White House, We can overlook a Mormon. Nobama has had four years to fix the economy and failed, time to cut our losses and move on.
Stamford Bridge August 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Roberto, my fellow conservative homie...Im fairly certain Slick Willy wasn't gettin that kind of action in the WH. He did, however engage in some misconduct that I believe could have tarnished the office forever, had it not been for the grace and dignity GW brought back to the office. Regardless of the political differences the parties have, it would be criminal to say anything different. His record notwithstanding, GW is a great man, and I'm very proud to say I voted for him 2X. But Clinton can stand on his record, regardless of being impeached before congress, and know that he was a pretty damn good president. Romney is more than worthy presidentially speaking, his resume is pretty damn impressive, especially considering the standards set when the Dems voted in Obama...
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I disagree, Stamford, but promise I won't use all the rude words to describe Clinton. He was, and is, a disgrace to the Democrats and to the Presidential office. He lied to his wife and to the entire country. A liar is a liar is a liar. If the Dems weren't so scared to lose a Democrat in the WH, I think he would have been out. Clinton had no respect for the Office he held, his family, or the Nation. Is it alright to say slime? Part of being a 'good' President is character.
Roberto August 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Notwithstanding Clinton getting a lewinski in the White House (I is documente to have happened in the White House) President Clinton was a very intelligent President. He knew he had to work with the Republicans to move anything forward once the house and senate where controlled by conservatives. Doing so enabled hime to go down (No pun) as a great president. Nobama never learned that lesson and regardless of the election outcome, we all lose.
Anon August 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Obama has been a president to his own party and that's all. Unfortunately they are so blinded by his smile they cannot see he is a failure.
Stamford Bridge August 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
@ Mariana, I agree Clinton was short on character, but I think it was pretty well known that was the case, when he took office. While in office, I thought he was very good, especially domestically. He presided from a center point politically, and was able to get cooperation from both parties that way...Hence why I believe, this election is important, because Hilary is coming in 2016, and I believe she will win...
jill smith August 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Obama has radical beliefs and surrounds himself with extreme radicals, not a good combination for compromise. He is irresponsible, inexperienced and angry, and as he increases the debt a trillion dollars a year, he continues to blame Bush.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Slime was OK then? LOL Stamford, I honestly believe that character counts; often even louder than deeds. I voted for Nixon, twice, which was enough to make me look very close at a candidate's character and honesty. I should have known more about Clinton since we were stationed in AR for 10 years, but I didn't. It really bothers me that it seems to be an 'oh well, never mind'. Maybe the party loyalty is stronger than right vs wrong, but I agree that being able to work with both parties was a very good thing.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Both parties have their extreme radical beliefs and individuals. If one party said that sun rises in the east, the other party would deny it. I will vote for Romney but have no illusions.
jill smith August 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Oh but Obama tips the scales like no other ever has, and for that he will lose. I have no illusions about Romney, but I am smart enough to know the two are very different.
jill smith August 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I don't have a crystal ball, but I just don't see how Obama can win, he has lost old votes, and has no new votes. And to be more specific, when weighing the lesser of two evils I am smart enough to know the major differences between the two, so I can make the best choice.
Anon August 24, 2012 at 02:30 AM
One of our fellow Patchers once wrote that Obama will win by a landslide! I want to watch that happen, if he does win, he will squeak by.
Teller of Truth August 24, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I too can't wait to see what Martha has to say! Can't wait to see '2016' on Saturday either. The timing of this movie release couldn't have been more perfect!
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 24, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Agreed, Jill. It's interesting to watch the ups and downs of the polls, but what worries me is that Obama gave temp green cards to specific illegals, and while they can't vote, there are a lot of naturalized, as well as native born, citizens who strongly support that political move
jill smith August 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Top graduates from China and India wait up to 9 years to come here Obama circumvents congress and gives temporary green cards to illegals that have no education and will further drain the welfare system, we cannot afford it.
jill smith August 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Top graduates from China, and India wait years to come here legally, and obama bypasses congress and unfairly gives temporary green cards out to illegals that have no education and will further drain the welfare system. I agree Mariana he is worrisome.
Roberto August 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Why would anyone vote for Nobama? "While President Obama has described his own energy policy as a 'hodgepodge,' sent billions of taxpayer dollars to green energy projects run by political cronies, rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline as not in 'the national interest' and sought repeatedly to stall development of America's domestic resources, Romney's path forward would establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century," Romney explained in a 21-page White Paper released on Wednesday. Romney plans to formally unveil his energy plan during a speech in Hobbs, N.M., at 1 p.m. EDT. Among the highlights included in the White Paper, Romney would expand offshore drilling, approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and improve the environmental review process. Additionally, Romney would "[s]upport increased market penetration and competition among energy sources by maintaining the RFS and eliminating regulatory barriers to a diversification of the electrical grid, fuel system or vehicle fleet," according to the White Paper.
Stamford Bridge August 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
@ Roberto, dude you gotta read this article, classic cronyism.... Obama is clearly a lying hypocrite. Where are all the tree hugging liberals now? http://www.examiner.com/article/behind-the-scenes-obama-embraces-private-equity
Tricia Shepherd August 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Wake-up America ! Obama is a COMMUNIST !!!! Nothing more, nothing less. If we don't get his RED REGIME out of The White House in November we're all going to have the government telling us what we can drive, what our kids eat for lunch, how long we are allowed to live, what kind of music we can listen to,etc..... Racial unrest is just one of the many tactics the media (Ocommie,s primary means of manipulation) uses to diffuse any attempts of the AMERICAN PEOPLE to UNITE against the indoctrination of his twisted pinko plans. It's all "Smoke & Mirrors", folks. Don't loose sight of the REAL ISSUE..... We are loosing our freedom in leaps and bounds on a daily basis. QUIT BICKERING AMONGST EACH OTHER AND FOCUS ON THE REAL ENEMY....OCOMMIE AND HIS FACIST REGIME !!!!!!
Teri Felker August 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Here here !
Aaron Alexander August 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I think the rip on Palin was because of her ignorance. Like some of the stuff in the news recently about abortion or rape. The GOP sure don't try and hide from the fact they are isolated in a "bubble" from the average American. I was one of the few who believed Obama and feel betrayed. Think Romney is just as bad but for completely different reasons. Its really a matter of picking the battles you are ok loosing.
Stamford Bridge August 28, 2012 at 07:34 PM
@ Aaron, I agree with you. But I do have a question, why does it matter what a Missouri senator wanna be says about rape when there are much bigger issues in the country today? Rape laws or abortion laws are in absolutely NO danger of being changed or even addressed. Any coverage on those issues at this time are merely for political reasons and in no way benefit the country. Yet, it's all over the media. Regarding Palin, the media feared her. She gave McCain such a huge bounce coming out of 2008 GOP convention. She was pretty, tough, and well spoken. Her inexperience got played out by the media and ultimately exploited to paint her as stupid. Remember, Obama recently referred to the 54 States, when referencing gone USA. Media.... <crickets>. If Palin had said that, she would have been publicly ridiculed and shamed...
Aaron Alexander August 28, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Stamford Bridge, It's more about the feeling of shock when you find people of power are so ignorant to things which seem common sense. I'm thinking though the worst cases, but you can't help feel scared about the what ifs. What if these people slip in under the radar and get the "keys to the city".
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@Stamford. I disagree that rape and abortion are small matters to a lot of women. Maybe people don't know about Federal 'Personhood' bill. It's like some dark secret. Regardless of my personal feelings about abortion, I have absolutely no right to tell another woman that she can't have one. The Tea Party, especially Bachmann Santorum and Palin, have made their views very clear, Like Aaron, I feel betrayed, but by both parties..forced to vote for the least objectionable one, Romney.

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