No I am not kidding; Fox News, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the conservative talkers and tea-baggers have been remarkably consistent for the last four years. They have never strayed from one constant truth, and never deviated from one constant belief; whatever President Obama supports, and whatever is good for him politically, must be bad for the United States. They have been so faithful to this mantra that they have given themselves hundreds of political blood clots contorting and twisting and reversing to change with reality.
Leaving Iraq is bad, staying in Afghanistan is bad. Focusing on Al Qaeda instead of the Taliban is bad, killing Bin Laden inside Pakistan is bad. Saving General Motors, Chrysler, and the entire multi-billion dollar, multi-thousand job value chain that supports those two firms is bad, not generating enough good paying jobs in this recovery is bad. The entire idea of fiscal stimulus is bad, the $300 billion in tax cuts inside the stimulus is bad.
But wait…there’s more!
Multi-trillion dollar deficits are bad, ending multi-trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest American households is bad. Government intrusion into 2nd Amendment rights is bad, the elimination of government intrusion into the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 14th Amendments is bad. Quietly deploying overwhelming force instead of talking tough is bad, playing a key role in a legitimate and legal coalition which disposed of a brutal dictator, with minimum loss of life and the expenditure of no American lives and less than $1 billion is bad.
Passing a health reform law written by 1990’s conservatives, passed into law at the state level by a current conservative, and further polished by the insurance and pharmaceutical interests at the heart of the problem is bad. Not fixing the real problem of health care costs (which were rising at 5 times the rate of inflation for more than a decade prior to 2010) and their effect on federal, state, local, and corporate budgets (not to mention Social Security and Medicare) is bad.
I am sure I could go on, but you get the picture. There was a time 15 years ago, when I could listen to a debate involving a conservative thinker, and see logic and a game-plan with legs. Now that only happens when I talk with a conservative who lacks the interest (and masochism) necessary to run for office. The GOP isn’t for regular folks anymore, and true Reagan Democrats need not apply…you people fail to meet the Murdock/Norquist sniff test. It is Fox News that is busy right now, putting the finishing touches on the conservative strategy for 2012; a strategy that can only generously be called “counter-punching”, and a strategy that Mitt Romney watchers have long called “flip-flopping”. For Romney, this means the men behind the mannequin are more critical than ever.
Need a more graphic example to convince you? Notice the two pictures below, the bottom shot is from March when gas prices were going up (bad for Obama), the top is from our current falling price environment (bad for Obama?). I have linked to a string of articles from Fox in March that illustrates just how silly the latest spin is.
What is the old phrase? “Heads I win, tails you lose.”
The Rational Middle is listening…