This is a really brief post while I prepare some interesting stuff about Rep. Jason Overstreet for tomorrow. I have just been following the news about Mitt Romney’s flailing response to the Libyan crises, and then his face-palm worthy response to the tapes of him saying dick-ish things at a fundraiser, and I go back to a simple horrifying truth.
This was the best candidate the modern Republican party could assemble this year. This is a man with the charm of Al Gore, the common touch of John Kerry, the empathy of The Simpson’s Mr. Burns and the personal philosophy of Scrooge McDuck. What has happened to the Republican party? At least when George W. Bush tried to slash the safety net and throw millions of dollars in tax cuts to the upper crust, he did it with some veneer of charm and sincerity. Mitt fails even those basic requirements. And this was the best they had?
It is painfully clear the modern Republican party needs a course correction, just as the Democrats did in 2004. The party is at war with itself, between its hard-core Tea Party base and its former moderate roots. A war between the religious culture warriors, still ranting about Vietnam-era hippies and modern business types concerned about debt, deficits and fiscal responsibility. There are the world-builders and the isolationists, the Ron Paul disciples and the big spending private subsidizers like John Boehner.
Maybe that has been Mitt Romney’s biggest challenge. He would have made a much sturdier candidate back in the 90s, when the Republican party tolerated moderation. A New England businessman, in the mold of the Rockefeller Republicans, who disdains the culture war mentality and just wants to talk about trickle down and high finance? That might have been a more comfortable fit than this desperate flailing attempt to appease his base. Because right now, he just looks like a scared cornered animal, desperate to get out.