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Ted Rall: Romney-Ryan extremism could revive liberal support for Obama (Stunningly bad)
The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 19, 2012 | Ted Rall

Posted on 08/19/2012 9:52:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Soviet citizens had to be Kremlinologists, studying subtle linguistic and tonal shifts in state propaganda, noting the seating order of party leaders at official functions, in order to predict the future direction of their lives.

So too are we Americans, for without any way to really get to know our politicians—their press conferences and interviews are too infrequent and carefully stagemanaged, unchallenged by compliant journalistic toadies — we are reduced to reading signals.

Even to an alienated electorate, the tealeaves are easy to read on the Republican side.

Between Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, his team of Dubya-rehash economic advisors (because that worked out so well) and Tea Party favorite Chris Christie as keynote speaker at this year's Republican National Convention, the Republican Party is in danger of doing something that seemed impossible just a few months ago: strengthening support among the liberal base of the Democratic Party for President Obama.

Granted, disappointed lefties will not soon forget Obama's betrayals. Guantánamo, the concentration camp that supposedly holds "the worst of the worst" terrorists, remains open—although, now that the White House is reportedly negotiating with the Taliban to exchange captured Afghan ministers for an American POW, one assumes they're not all that bad.

The drone wars against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere are an affront to basic morality, logic and decency. On the economy, this tone-deaf president has yet to propose a jobs program, much less try to push one through Congress.

But many progressives, until recently threatening to sit on their hands or cast votes for a third party, are reconsidering, weighing disgust against gathering terror as they read the signals from the gathering storm in Tampa. Where Obama fails to inspire enthusiasm, the Romney team seems determined to generate as much fear as possible that he plans to shove the needle even further to the radical right than Reagan or Bush.

Romney, who abandoned his history as a centrist Massachusetts Republican and is running as a right-winger, chose to balance his newfound extremism with Paul Ryan, an even-more-right-winger.

Ryan is a vicious, overrated ideologue whose greatest achievement, his theoretical budget proposal, paints a picture of America as a dystopian hell where an infinitely funded Pentagon wages perpetual war and the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent party on tax cuts while the elderly and poor starve or succumb to treatable diseases, whichever kills them first. (In the media today, this gets you lionized as "smart," "wonky," and "an intellectual heavyweight."

Ryan = Sartre.) Lest you wonder whether the Ryan selection is an anomaly, wonder not — from Christie to the stump speeches to the men first in line to join a Romney cabinet, everything about Team Romney screams Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Ayn Rand minus the cool atheism and elitism.

This is a Republican Party that Barry Goldwater wouldn't recognize, batso nutso, stripped of the last veneer of libertarianism, completely owned by and in thrall to figures whom the media would characterize as "extreme nationalist" or "neo-Nazi" if they spouted the same nonsense in other countries.

If I were advising Romney, I would tell him that cozying up to the lunatic fringe of American pseudoconservatism is not a prescription for victory in November, when the outcome hinges upon seducing that 5 percent or 10 percent of voters who swing both ways.

Ryan isn't as crazy (or bold) of a choice as Sarah Palin, but what Republicans don't understand is that conservatives will vote Republican regardless of who is the vice presidential running mate or, for that matter, who is the Republican nominee for president. Lack of enthusiasm among the base wasn't Romney's big problem, it was Obama's.

Romney's biggest albatross is that he's a terrible candidate, a guy who obviously doesn't like people. And his campaign sucks. The deficit may or may not represent a looming existential threat—unemployment and the environment are more urgent — but "take your medicine" austerity isn't much of a sales pitch, especially when two-thirds of the people are already feeling squeezed. Voters reward candidates who present an optimistic vision, a future in which they see themselves richer, happier and with fuller, more lustrous hair.

The fact that Romney can't manage to put forward a credible economic program doesn't help either. Since his entire campaign is predicated on the argument that he's the economy guy and knows how to fix it, he needs to cough up a plan.

However, my real concern is that Romney's gangbusters right-wing extremism lets Obama and the Democrats off the hook.

If all Democratic strategists have to do to attract progressive voters is to frighten them with greater-evil Republicans, when will people who care about the working class, who oppose wars of choice, and whose critique of government is that it isn't in our lives enough ever see their dreams become party platform planks with some chance of being incorporated into legislation?

In recent elections (c.f. Sarah Palin and some old guy versus Barry), liberals are only voting for Democrats out of terror that things will get even worse. That's no way to run a party, or a country.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: obama; palin; romney; ryan
"Tea Party favorite Chris Christie..."

Gasp, chortle, wheeze, hahahahahaha!

"...what Republicans don't understand is that conservatives will vote Republican regardless of who is the vice presidential running mate or, for that matter, who is the Republican nominee for president. Lack of enthusiasm among the base wasn't Romney's big problem, it was Obama's."

Guess he's never visited this website.

1 posted on 08/19/2012 9:52:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Ted Rall was banned from this site ?


2 posted on 08/19/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Rall is one of the most obnoxious people still drawing breath. I was at college with him and still remember his idiotic cartoons for the college paper. Since then, he managed to suck so bad, the Washington Compost dropped him. His main suckage is always being extremely disgusting, puerile and extremely offensive.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 9:59:44 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heheh...calling Romney-Ryan extremists is like calling white bread an exotic food.


4 posted on 08/19/2012 9:59:53 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
RALL is one crazy dude. He should read FR every now and then to get some balance.

His theory that Romney is a right winger is total garbage ~ Rall is garbage ~ the people who believe Rall are garbage. Rall's syndicator is garbage.

I think somebody said Rall is banned. Ban him again!

5 posted on 08/19/2012 10:01:15 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Ted Rall” and “stunningly bad” are redundant expressions.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 10:01:51 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s odd how these morons in the “media” NEVER refer to the communist Democrats as “extreme”. The ‘RATS are out to enslave Americans, destroy capitalism and America and these fags don’t see anything “extreme” about that. Fluken weird.


7 posted on 08/19/2012 10:03:38 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obviously Ryan is the best choice. The Leftists are panicky to the point of suicide.

So to the American Left, I have this word of warning: Romney wants to put your lazy asses to WORK, and Ryan wants to cut off your FREE MONEY. It is your worst nightmare. It is your armageddon.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 10:03:40 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: JewishRighter

Surprised the Russians haven’t already taken him out with ricin or polonium. He’s so bad!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 08/19/2012 10:04:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
i had to scrap some rall off my shoe this morning...
10 posted on 08/19/2012 10:10:54 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HA HA HA HA HA !

OMG.... Commies are so cute when they are rattled.

Romney and Ryan... Radical Right Wingers.... Yeah.... Riiiiiiigght!


11 posted on 08/19/2012 10:23:15 AM PDT by Waywardson (If you fear Obama..... vote for Romney. If you fear God... DON'T !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The drone wars against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere are an affront to basic morality, logic and decency.

This has got to be satire.

What, exactly, does Ted Rall actually know about "basic morality, logic and decency"?

12 posted on 08/19/2012 10:53:32 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Romney-Ryan extremism”

Rall apparently doesn’t know any right-wing people...


13 posted on 08/19/2012 11:41:51 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, people still take this complete wack job Rall seriously enough to waste ink on him? Guy hasn’t been right about anything in his entire life.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the thing to do if the RNC was smart was flip the issue and say it’s interesting the democrats are fixated on our VP guy when they really ought to be fixated on their own, who can’t seem to stop making a complete and utter ass out of himself every time he opens up his mouth. ANd then list the long list of current examples. And then say it makes you wonder if he’s all mentally there and perhaps maybe they ought to get their own VP slot figured out before expressing reservations about the republicans’ choice.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: GenXteacher

Obama-Biden Marxism...

Obama-Biden Depression...

Notice how the media never talks about the billions spent in Afghanistan lately. Or that we’re still there, still killing people? In an unjust war? Notice how all the negatives they had ready to go with the republican on EVERYTHING GOING ON were all ready to go, now they hold all that crap back?

When the economic news is bad (and they know it will be) they still put “unexpected” or “surprise” in the headline like 43 months of 8% unemployment under the O-hole is really a shocker to anyone?

And they still get pissy when people call them on their bias, and get fake offended that we’d even think they were because we’re tired of them lying to our faces and getting pissed we don’t buy their lie about being objective anymore.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 12:28:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: muawiyah

Why would the Russians take him out? He’s on their side!


17 posted on 08/19/2012 12:54:24 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: JewishRighter

The Russians recently reacquired religion.


18 posted on 08/19/2012 1:03:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I see Rall doesn't write any better than he draws, both being a function of how incompetently he thinks. Check this out for in-depth analysis:

...what Republicans don't understand is that conservatives will vote Republican regardless of who is the vice presidential running mate or, for that matter, who is the Republican nominee for president.

What liberals don't understand is that just because their side of the aisle is populated by tribal sheep doesn't mean that ours is. The fellows most responsible for the re-energization of the conservative base aren't Romney and Ryan. It's 0bama and his merry pack of race-baiters, redistributionists, and America-haters. Analyze that, Teddy.

19 posted on 08/19/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney’s biggest albatross is that he’s a terrible candidate,
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

yeppers this is bad...

That should have been the title...


20 posted on 08/19/2012 3:38:44 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: JewishRighter
His main suckage is always being extremely disgusting, puerile and extremely offensive.

Which is probably why KFI in Los Angeles dropped him as a talk show host years ago ... that and his ratings were in the toilet.

21 posted on 08/19/2012 3:39:39 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was going to vote for Romney any way but since he picked Ryan i think i will just go vote twice.


22 posted on 08/19/2012 10:41:36 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s a demented radical who personifies BDS.


23 posted on 08/19/2012 11:40:28 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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