I find myself wondering if the Romney campaign is very incompetent or has self destructive tendencies. Does he want to lose?
Ann Coulter has been asking the same question. A Romney spokeswoman defended some of Romney's job destroying activities by saying "At least that unemployed person was able to fall back on Romney Care." Ann Coulter asks if this is the kind of shoot yourself in the foot game the Romney campaign is going to play why should people bother sending money to him? Just call the election for Obama already. Romney Care is Obama Care. Is he for it or against it? If he's for it why is he out on the stump acting like he's going to change it?
And now we have the selection of Paul Ryan for VP. Of course I think Ryan is an awful person, but setting my own personal hostility aside, is this a wise choice in this political climate? One plausible defense of the appeal to Romney Care is that the primary is over. Romney is moving to the "center" to try and win the general election. If that were the strategy then maybe you could understand the defense of Romney Care. But with Ryan you're choosing the very face of the destroy Medicare and Social Security while expanding war and defense faction of the party. Is that a good strategy in a world where the majority of Americans want the reverse? That is they prefer we strengthen Social Security and Medicare while dialing back the war industry.
Even the Ron Paul wing of the party isn't pleased with Ryan. Sure, he's portrayed as some sort of Ayn Rand acolyte, like Ron Paul. But in reality he really only invokes that as applied to the poor. When it comes to war and surveillance that's all out the window. Grow the war machine. Encroach on civil liberties. The Paulites understand this. This is typical Bush like Republicanism. Sky high deficits, enormous corporate welfare, and the talk of being a "deficit hawk" and being "responsible" is only invoked when the hungry, elderly, and sick are being discussed. Is this a winning strategy?
I don't want to vote for Obama. I want to vote my conscience. If Michigan is not in play this will be easy. Romney is doing his best to make this easy for me.
But unfortunately you still can't count Romney out. Apparently he's leading the battle for fundraising. For the most part our elections are simply bought and paid for. We know what the major buyers want. War and global warming. If Romney gets most of the money he should win. When was the last time the one that collected the lesser amount of money actually won? So he may win despite his own incompetence.