Election 2012: Romney camp indicates early surrender
We knew it would be this way: it’s 2008 all over again, with the GOP Establishment having convinced itself that it was the presence of Palin that likely sank the good and mavericky McCain juggernaut. Which is why we’ll likely get some milquetoast VP candidate like Portman. To vindicate McCain.
So, to recap. The Romney campaign — along with the GOP intelligentsia (but I repeat myself) — has signaled that, while it’s perfectly fine to trash conservatives and demonize those on the right for their unhelpful bitter-clingery racist and xenophobic homophobia, when it comes to debating Democrats, certain things are off the table. Like, for instance, matters of biography — and as such, matters of character and personal conviction. Vetting, if you will .
All with the hopes that such a gesture will prevent the Democrats — and their media arm — from launching broadsides against Mormonism or playing the race card against Republicans. A pre-emptive surrender masquerading as collegiality. The specialty of the contemporary Republican Party which hopes that, if it just keeps quiet and doesn’t do anything to fuck things up, it’ll get swept into power almost by necessity, Obama’s first term has been such a disaster.
2008, redux, this is. First as tragedy, then as farce.
Good bye, America.