“History doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.” Mark Twain
How is it possible that after all we've been through in the last decade – 9-11 ... two far-flung, dubious, costly wars ... overt and abject cronyism ... offshoring jobs, income and profits ... the decimation of the middle class ... the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression – how is it possible after all that, that a vulture capitalist, an egotistical sociopath – surrounded by most of the same people who gave us eight years of the Bush/Cheney regime – can be in a virtual dead-heat in the polls with a sitting President?
Is it possible such a man can get elected so soon after the Bush/Cheney debacle? Yes, I'm afraid it is. Romney has problems, serious problems, but the solution is elementary, my dear Watson: Let the Left destroy itself.
First, as is my wont, a bit of history.
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In1968, Hubert Humphrey, a good and decent man and lifelong warrior in the struggle for civil rights and workers rights, was defeated by Richard Nixon, a paranoid egotist nobody much liked – including most of the people who voted for him. Why? Largely because millions of blue-collar Democrats deserted their Party in favor of third-party candidate an avowed racist George Wallace.
In 2000, Albert Gore, a bright and thoughtful man regardless of his somewhat stilted affect, was defeated by a ne’er-do-well frat boy. Why? Largely because millions of left-leaning voters foolishly threw their votes away on third-party Ralph Nader, a political gadfly with absolutely no chance of being anything but a spoiler.
In 2008, despite the horrors of the previous eight years, millions of right-leaning voters – just short of 60,000,000 – cast their vote for a cranky old coot and a buxom bimbo, putting her potentially just a heartbeat from the Presidency. Only by the grace of God – and the votes of millions of first time voters who voted Democratic – was that potential disaster averted.
In 2010, millions of those who voted for Obama – childishly disappointed that he wasn’t able to reverse thirty years of devolution in two short years … or assuming the war was won when the battle had barely been joined … or distracted by short attention span syndrome … or just plain too lazy to get off their asses and vote – failed to show up on Election Day.
As a result, governorships, state legislatures, and the House of Representatives were swamped in a sea of red. And it was worse than just another Republican victory; enough Teapartians won election to frighten even the most moderate Republican into obediently acquiescing to the wingnut agenda.
Item number one on that agenda was the defeat of Barack Obama in 2012 by any and all means necessary, including defiance, obstinance, truculence, intransigence, hostage-taking and character assassination.
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Now 2012 has arrived; and by all appearances, the political climate is ripe for history to repeat itself – or at least to rhyme. Barack Obama, a good and decent man and lifelong warrior in the struggle for civil rights and workers rights, may be defeated by Mitt Romney, a paranoid egotist nobody much likes – including most of the people who will vote for him. What will it take for a Romney victory? The one-percent solution.
(1) He must appear to be “severely conservative” enough – that is blow his dog-whistle loud enough – to get the one percent of the aptly named Republican base that might possibly sit this election out to overcome their intense dislike of him and his moderate past. So far, looks like mission accomplished.
(2) He must convince one percent more of black voters he has their interest at heart, despite all evidence to the contrary. Indeed, during his speech to the NAACP, Romney claimed to be showing his heart, but alas another part of his anatomy was exposed. After that sorry performance, this one-percent of the solution is the least likely.
(3) He must get the one-percent of the Kindergarten Kristians who claim they won’t vote for him because he’s a heretic and his Mormon faith is a cult to vote for him anyway. The other 99% of Kindergarten Kristians have already decided to ignore his faith (and theirs) and vote for the heretic anyway.
(4) He must convince one-percent of the One-Percent that is now contributing to Obama to stop. Judging from the lack of donations to Obama by rich white guys, Romney won’t have to work too hard to accomplish that. A few more thinly-veiled threats as to what will happen to traitors to their class in a Romney presidency should provide the solution.
(5) He must count on one-percent of Liberals to constantly attack Obama because he wasn’t able to immediately reverse thirty years of devolution … or because he didn’t break up the big banks and jail every much-deserving banker, thus plunging the economy into another Great Depression … or because he didn’t prosecute the former President and Vice-President for torture (no matter how deserving), thus bringing all else in the political realm to a screeching halt … or because he didn’t cut and run in Iraq and Afghanistan, thus conceding to the Republicans the “strong on defense” meme for at least the rest of this century … or because he engaged in clandestine operations, just like every President has for the last sixty years … or because he filled the glass only half-full with healthcare reform … or any of the other wounds of the death of a thousand cuts so-called Liberals suicidally inflicted upon him and themselves – and sad to say, upon those of us who know better than to pursue the poverty of pyrrhicism.
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Judging from the posts and comments on this supposed bastion of Liberalism, Romney should more than make up for any deficiencies in the first four areas with the huge number of Sunshine Liberals who sit-out this election and the Green sheep who cast their vote for a third party candidate with no chance of winning.
All I can say to them is it’s elementary, my dear Watson, and if you were a bit more observant of history, you’d see that if you do as you say you will do, history is bound to rhyme again.
One is tempted to call that poetic justice, save for the fact that the axe will fall as well on those undeserving of that fate.
©2012 Tom Cordle