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I swear to god there has never been a luckier candidate in history.

Seamus. Properly-sized trees. "I like to fire people."

The Olympics Ambassador. A Republican convention without soldiers.

Etch a Sketch.

But let me tell you something learned from a long, hard, stupid life:

Luck is fleeting.

Half the time it's gone before you even recognize it for what it is, leaving you standing in the air like Wyle E. Coyote, while the audience waits for you to look down and realize there's nothing underneath you.

Luck is fickle at best and a curse most times, as most of us confuse it for merit or wit.

There is, to my knowledge, only one somewhat reliable way to take advantage of a wave of luck, and that is to get paddling. Long before it breaks. You'll still likely wipe out and enjoy a nice sand-wich, but you'll have half a chance at a decent ride rather than a moment's exhilaration as the swell passes under you.

Like I said, Mitt Romney and 'Pubs 2012 is the biggest gol-danged wave of luck I've ever seen a national campaign get. They just don't pass this way every day. It looks like it could be legendary, a freaking Empire State Building of blue glass and white foam, ready to take us in way past the beach. Hell, we could ride this gnarly sucker halfway to West Hollywood.

But we'd better be paddling like maniacs or all we're gonna be seeing is the back side of that big, blue baby.

Thankfully, we're riding with a native.

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  •  I would add a (9+ / 0-)

    corollary to your concept of luck: while it is fickle and fleeting, some people are able to manufacture their own luck.  It seems that some of the luckiest people are also the most hardworking people I have known.

    Being born to a billionaire's family is basically pure luck, for example, and while hard work will never make me a billionaire, hard work will bring me luck where simply waiting for lightening to strike is not a viable option

  •  When discussing the Romney campaign (5+ / 0-)

    you spelled "suck" wrong, it doesn't have an "L".

    Maybe it is luck my friend, but I am on record 10 months ago saying it would be Romney that comes out of this cluster-"l"uck on top because, well, when it comes to Presidential campaigns, it's all about the Benjamins and he had more than everyone else put together.

    And we all know it's not REALLY about abortions or fiscal responsibility or family values, or any of that "right vs. left" horseshit, it's more about removing Obama than installing Romney.

    Any rich asshole could be the Republican nominee right now. Romney's "good luck" was Michelle Bachmann's crazy - Newt Gingrich's arrogance - Rick Perry's stupidity - Santorum's lack of viciousness - Cain's sexual predator past - who did I leave out?

    You know what's really telling about Romney? All that money, and he didn't use any of his own to get where he is now. He maneuvered a leveraged buy out of the other campaigners. But that's just something he's been doing all his adult life.

    tipped and recc'ed, of course.

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 04:15:02 AM PDT

  •  Romney is a gaffe confetti drop ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... and Ryan is a fire hose of lies. They answer questions from the press like a mob boss, and their latest message to supporters is the almost comically loaded, "Don't Panic!"

    It looks like America has figured these two well-dressed grifters out. Ride hard, Vor!

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 04:27:07 AM PDT

  •  Here is one of my favorite quotes: (7+ / 0-)
    Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.
    That is from Chapterhouse: Dune, but I think it fits here. While the Romney campaign has been largely based on having more money than anyone and "I'm not Obama," we have seen how ineffectual it is. However, the Obama campaign has created plenty of openings over the summer. They have been better at this than the Romney folks.

    The Romney Camp is now in full whine mode because things aren't playing out how they are supposed to go in their alternate reality. Their entire set of assumptions about what would win the election has been tested and found wanting.

    Yes, things can change, but a cat can't change his stripes and a overindulged, self-entitled, pomposs, arrogant, legend-in-his-own-mind fool of a candidate can't buy a clue. Romney is a very valid representation of the current GOP. They have to face those facts. And the Democrats get to run against him. I think there might be a little karma involved in this election.

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 04:27:46 AM PDT

  •  If one buys into 'luck'... (3+ / 0-)

    Or maybe it's in the stars and the planets have aligned properly for Obama and improperly for Romney and things could shift.

    I know, Romney hasn't prayed enough, or hard enough, or well enough.

    No wait, ancient prophecies are being fulfilled and things are happening as they were seen long ago.

    No, wait. Everything is happening as some god preordained and there really is no choice because it was all planned out.

    No, certain spells have been cast. Whoever cast the stronger spell for Obama is in control right now...

    Or maybe, this is just the way things have come to pass due to individuals being who they are, part of larger groups, in turn affecting a greater group dynamic which will fully play out and be determined as we move toward our own pre-established and chosen election period.

    Either that, or Hari Seldon knew this would come to pass and no one better mention the second foundation or the fact that the Mule altered the plan.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:10:02 AM PDT

  •  Could it be that what seems 'luck' for mitt... (4+ / 0-)

    is really ignorance and denial by his 'followers'.

    The difference between stupidity and genius...genius has limits. ~ Einstein

    by jim in IA on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:23:36 AM PDT

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