If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan do manage to get themselves elected in November, will they find it impossible to govern thanks to the campaign they and their supporters have run? For Austria’s Der Standard, columnist Eric Frey writes that in turning his back on moderation and picking Paul Ryan as a running mate, Mitt Romney may have set the stage for another frustrating four years for Americans.
For Der Standard, Eric Frey writes in part:
While Romney has control over the party convention, he does not control his party. Ultra-right wing forces connected with the Tea Party have recently expanded their influence and have substantially limited the top candidate’s freedom of action.
This is reflected in the new party platform, which was approved in Tampa. It urges massive tax cuts, the radical reform of Medicare – the popular health insurance program for senior citizens, a tough anti-immigration policy and a total ban on abortions. Neither under Ronald Reagan nor George W. Bush were the Republicans as right-wing as they are today. They are farther out of the American mainstream than they’ve ever been. They are the mirror image of the Democratic Party of the early 1970s, which to the outside world was marked by the anti-Vietnam War and hippie movements.
A brilliant speech, a strong performance in the televised debates and a flawless campaign could make Romney the next president. But that would not dispel the radical specter hovering over his party. As a campaigner and potential head of state, this is a curse.
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