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Romney's numbers have been taking hits for many reasons already observed by writers with more skill than I have.  Conservatives have been saying that they are supporting Chris Christie's (yes, the guy who cut taxes to the Atlantic City casinos and then complained that the New Jersey Transit union was the cause of the state's budget crsis) campaign in 2016 already.  
Yesterday, W. Mitt Romney (Yes, another Republican with a W initial) was faced with a decision.  He was being hit with the idea that his economic plan would benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class.  He needed someone to beat back that negative image, so he chose a man whose economic plan benefits the rich at the expense of the poor, middle class, AND seniors.  
I am starting to think that Romney and his Elephantine friends know the cause is doomed and he is trying to be as toxic as possible so the next one looks moderate by comparison.

Start making the bumper stickers now:  "Christie 2016: Not as extreme as McCain or Romney"

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    If you can make a man afraid, he will vote Republican. If you can make a man think, he will vote Democratic.

    by cosumel on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:25:25 PM PDT

  •  Strategically that would make sense... (5+ / 0-)

    ...so I'm going to suggest no, that's not what he's doing!

  •  No although I can understand (4+ / 0-)
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    pat208, kitebro, JeffW, bythesea

    why it may look that way.

    He's completely clueless.

    •  The man has not worked for over a decade. (5+ / 0-)

      He grew up rich pampered and protected.
      He was academically ho hum.
      He ran Bain only if his position was made Fail Safe.

      He saved the 2002 Olympics with Federal money.

      As a result he is vastly ignorant of reality.  
      Like Palin he could have spent the last couple of years , if not an entire life time, studying up on domestic policy, the law, foreign policy, military strategies, reading histories, and philosophers, etc.

      She didn't, he hasn't.  Thus they are both dim bulbs who are so dim they don't even understand how dim they are or why.

      Intellectually lazy and vain don't make a pretty picture in a human being.

  •  Somebody's Razor. (7+ / 0-)

    Hanlon's Razor was "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

    I would say the GOP campaign is a case of "Never attribute to strategery that which is adequately explained by incompetence."

    If you don't stick to your values when they're tested, they're not values. They're... hobbies. -- Jon Stewart, Jan. 22, 2009

    by pat208 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:35:38 PM PDT

  •  The GOP is (1+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO

    conceding the presidential race. Ryan is being groomed for a more realistic 2016 run. And Romney is too egomaniacal to be aware of any of it.
         The immediate objective now is to win the popular vote and make Obama's win look illegitimate. And to win down-ticket, keeping the House and hoping to win the Senate.

    Hey Mitt, Show Us A Bunch Of Your Tax Returns!

    by kitebro on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:38:54 PM PDT

  •  2016 - Ryan/Christie please (0+ / 0-)
  •  The still plan to nuke Obama with $1 billion (0+ / 0-)

    worth of negative messaging and they think that has a good chance of succeeding.

    •  i'm already hearing major blowback from (2+ / 0-)
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      atana, bythesea

      friends/relatives in swing states who are sick of the barrage of ads now & plan on voting against the candidate/party who airs the most ads between now & the election, so this might work to the d's advantage.

      i still think nothing substitutes for pressing the flesh & meeting voters face-to-face.  people like to be asked for their vote & see somebody working their ass off to get it.

    •  There is a point of diminishing returns... (0+ / 0-)

      just ask Gov. Whitman, Sen. Fiorna, and Sen. McMahon.

  •  If he loses he'll say he planned it that way. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 02:29:37 PM PDT

  •  mitt's a natural loser, contrary to what he'd (0+ / 0-)

    like you to believe, so there's no trying on his part.

    kkkarl rove's another matter, tho.  it could be his way of ridding himself of the romney-piano strapped to his back.  by engineering mitt's defeat he could always claim it was the candidate's fault, not his.  rove would throw his own mother under a bus if it served his purposes -- assuming he actually had a mother, & wasn't hatched insead.

  •  No, Rmoney just doesn't know how to run a campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn

    There's something squirrely about El-Mittster... I think he's stuck in a "CEO Knows Best" mind-set.  His "advisors" are more like brown-nosing minions.  He doesn't know how to "stay on message", because the message is whatever flotsam has moved to the front of his brain.

    I think that most folks in America are waking up to the fact that Rmoney sucks when it comes to running a campaign... same as they did with McCain (whose disastrous behavior during the financial crisis drove that point home).  And running a presidential campaign is our trial-by-fire for running the country.  

    Don't be a DON'T-DO... Be a DO-DO!

    by godwhataklutz on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 03:03:37 PM PDT

  •  The powers-that-be in the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    bythesea

    probably know Romney is a lost cause, but they'll put up a show and go through the theater of an election so they can see what floats and what doesn't and start planning for next time.

    Romney is probably too arrogant to understand that he's going to be a sacrificial lamb.

    But as pointed out elsewhere, that doesn't mean we can get complacent. If we kick back and think "it's in the bag" we may end up with a nasty surprise.

  •   "Christie 2016: Not as unhealthy as you think" (0+ / 0-)
    "Christie 2016: Not as extreme as McCain or Romney"

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 04:21:21 PM PDT

  •  FIXED (0+ / 0-)

    Christie 2016: Not as extreme* as McCain or Romney

    * Does not include clothes sizes.

    GOP: The Party of Acid rain, Abortion of the American Dream, and Amnesty for Wall Street.

    by Attorney at Arms on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 04:23:47 PM PDT

  •  The GOPers' top people (1+ / 0-)
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    were discussing the election during the primary season at a party attended by a friend of mine in DC.  She reported on her radio show (The Visionary Activist, available on the Pacifica Network/KPFA in Berkeley) that even at that point the nabobs knew that no one in the race was going to be able to win it in November.  Their brand is completely polluted and they are losing the registration wars.  (Wouldn't it be lovely if they just dropped below the threshold for a party to be considered major?) They're just letting their big donors spend cash on the negative ads and putting their major efforts into voter suppression in swing states in hopes of making it a closer race than they would get without those backers.

    I had the misfortune to be assigned to Gov. George Romney's delegation to the '64 Republican Convention in San Francisco (my parents were McCloskey Republicans when I was a teen) and I spent the week of the convention showing Mittens around a bit.  He was every bit as self-centered, entitled and egotistical then as now, and utterly soulless.  Goddess forbid he should ever be elected.  I'm sure Karl is loving every minute of manipulated that fool, and I"ll just wiat for the karma to kick in for these asshats.

  •  I don't think the Republican strategists are (0+ / 0-)

    behind this. At least some of them are not delusional.

    I was at the county fair yesterday and listened to the guy at the Tea Party booth chortling about how great the Ryan pick was. At the Democratic Party booth we were also chortling about the pick but for different reasons.

    There are a lot of Republicans who listen to Rush, Rove, and Ryan and believe that crap is true. They are convinced that if they can just get past the liberal media and talk directly to the American people everyone will see that they are right. Ryan for VP is their chance to make their case.

    Obama and Biden debating Romney and Ryan to define the direction of the country- I will take it.

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