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Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Politics | 4 comments

Republicans: Plenty of Money, More Crazies, and Bigger Deficits

Mitt Romney is now so far ahead of Barack Obama in cash-for-campaigning-and-conquering that it’s hardly worth talking about.

… It is not unusual for challengers to outraise incumbents late in the campaign, and while Mr. Obama is being outraised now, he raised far more than Mr. Romney through 2011 and early this year.

But Mr. Romney’s extraordinary two-month run raising money — his team has pulled in more than $200 million in June and July — makes it virtually certain that Mr. Obama will not leave the Democratic convention next month with the cash advantage he had four years ago, when he heavily outspent the Republican candidate, John McCain, on his way to victory in November. The July totals do not include what Romney campaign officials said was a boost in both small online donations and large checks after Mr. Romney selected Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. …NYT

Still, weigh Republican money against Republican screw-ups and it’s a wonder they’re still on their feet and fighting. They may have to stage a redo in Missouri, just to stay in the race.

Fearing that a seat crucial to winning a Senate majority could slip away, the national Republican establishment on Monday unleashed a furious campaign to drive Representative Todd Akin, the party’s newly selected nominee, out of the race against Missouri’s Democratic senator.

Amid an uproar over provocative comments on rape and abortion that Mr. Akin made in an interview broadcast on Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared that it would withdraw financial and organizational support for Mr. Akin, including $5 million in advertising already reserved for the fall. In the interview, Mr. Akin said victims of “legitimate rape” rarely got pregnant. …NYT

And the Akin race has been an important one for the GOP. They really want to remove Democrat Claire McCaskill from the Senate.

The Akin problem is not just about extremist rightwing thinking. It’s about the ignorance, brutality, and childishness that’s rampant on the churchly right. It’s about beliefs that are just plain funny and/or just plain dangerous.

C’mon! Tell me you didn’t laugh when you heard a prospective senator say he thinks women have special juices to cut off conception. The level of intelligence required to embrace that belief fits nicely into the world of stoned madness that also produces Romney-Ryan’s perilous concept of our need for more war. Maybe to solve the deficit problem?

Romney vows never to negotiate with the Taliban and declares, “We go anywhere they are and we kill them.” He beats the war drums on Iran. He has a bizarre itch to open a new era of confrontation with Russia.

When he sniffs the possibility of war Romney drops his frequent imitation of the Beatles’ Nowhere Man (“Doesn’t have a point of view, knows not where he’s going to”). He becomes a Real Man fired up.

After more than a decade of inconclusive U.S. wars, this is not reassuring.

In a similar vein, Ryan, whose experience outside Washington is limited, believes that in Afghanistan, “Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach.” Said “success” is as hard to identify as the tax loopholes Ryan insists he wants to close.

The big question, of course, is how all this squares with the concerns over the U.S. debt that Romney has placed at the center of the campaign by picking Ryan. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost over $1.3 trillion. Several estimates, including one last year from Brown University, suggest the final bill will be $3.7 trillion or higher. …NYT

Cross posted from Prairie Weather

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  • zephyr

    It will be interesting to see how the electorate reacts to the ferocious onslaught of negative adds the Romney people will be able purchase with their huge cash advantage. Will the winner be based on sheer quantity of propaganda or by old-fashioned (and increasingly rare) thinking ability? The day we find out is drawing closer…

  • slamfu

    I hope in the flurry of ads against Obama that Romney manages to come up with one that attacks Obama on a legit issue that Romney himself has some cred in. So far all the ads fit into a few narrow categories.

    1) Obama is divisive and mean and Romney won’t be. This is one of the more mind boggling considering the GOP has acted, voted and stated publicly that they are out to ruin Obama’s presidency.

    2) Obama hates businesses and has killed jobs with taxes and regulation. Absurd because we’ve been out of a recession for some time now and the GOP is banking on people not being able to tell the difference between tepid growth and negative GDP. Presumably when they refer to regulation they are talking about the fossil fuel industry but Obama has actually been a pretty decent friend to them and those industries are flourishing as they have for years.

    3) Obama sucks on foreign policy. This essentially involves making up a few stories and grossly misinterpreting other actions he’s taken. Obama’s foreign policy track record has actually been pretty good.

    4) Obama’s going to tax you more. Well, not unless you make over $200k. Even so, its time to raise taxes to help balance the budget. Its the first and most important step, one taken by other presidents, like Reagan and HW Bush. But he’s out to destroy the economy with taxes!! Same as Bill Clinton!

    5) Take any of Obama’s positions and wildly misinterpret what was said or what he was actually saying. Its ok, after it gets fact checked and disproven, your base doesn’t even pay attention to that stuff.

    Essentially I haven’t heard one Romney argument for Obama that wasn’t comprised of at best a small kernel of truth wrapped in a bundle of BS and willful guesses about what it all means. If Romney wanted to run an ad about how Obama has let Wall Street run the Treasury and Fed, I’m all ears. Or about how Obama signed the act that gave him power to ignore Habeus Corpus. Ditto Mittens, get serious about either of those issues and you WILL get my vote. But I won’t hold my breath. He’d rather push programs that didn’t work for Bush and won’t work for him and make up stuff about Obama that frankly isn’t true.

  • golf2012

    Following the strict posting rules to stay on topic, it’s amazing what so called “star power” does. It blinds some into sometimes taking as truth anything the ~star~ says and gets them so unfocused about the true issues – the big 3, 4, or 5 … deficit, illegal aleins, welfare, socialism to name a few. Zephyr is absolutely correct – The day we find out is drawing closer…

  • zephyr

    Socialism is hardly a “true issue”, although I grant you it’s a popular perceived problem which has long been cultured in the minds of the right.

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