Perhaps it’s not as lame as the ‘Barbies for War!’ Wasilla huntress wannabe Vice in Go-Go Boots Sarah Palin, or as dumb the 'Hatred of God' Is Curse Of Russia, Dan Quayle, but it’s a Stunning, Terrible Choice in any event. In the Daily Beast Michael Tomasky writes,
Paul Ryan? Really? It’s a stunning choice. A terrible one too. By making it, Mitt Romney tells America that he is not his own man and hasn’t even the remotest fleeting desire to be his own man. He is owned by the right wing. Did I write a couple of weeks ago that Romney was insecure? Well—Q.E.D.And what a demonstration! Frankly I’m only surprised Tomasky is surprised. A stunning, terrible, choice? Perhaps that all depends on which side you are on.
The companion pieces are wonderful and, while Michelle Goldberg’s report on Ryan's Extreme Abortion Views is no surprise to anyone I commend you to her far more relevant report on the free-fall of David Barton whom Glenn Beck once called “the most important man in America”. Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.“Lost confidence in the book’s details”? Well, that’s putting it mildly. One can wonder how Thomas Nelson Publishing could even consider such a travesty from a garden variety Ignoramus Americanus after Harvard's renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz put such legal and historical Blasphemy to rest long ago. Thomas Nelson’s decision to publish such intellectual rubbish in the first place is a perfect example of the late Christopher Hitchens’ wonderful 1983 Harper’s essay titled “Goodbye to All That: Why Americans Are Not Taught History”.
In light of Romney taking to the tainted bait with a rusty hook sticking out, Michele Goldberg’s analysis of Paul Ryan, juxtaposed to her marvelous report on David Barton’s free fall, certainly causes me to re-evaluate my prior notion that the sinister beliefs of tub-thumpers, sinister windbags, and other improvident and volatile preachers and palpable frauds, won’t again play a role in this years election. Clearly Romney will have more questions to answer than just those about his tax returns and off-shore tax havens —and please notice (as the spin-scum conflate off-shore with out-source) how no one is talking about that issue. Not even the Democrats are willing to pull the scab off that festering wound. After all, it is axiomatic that those who seek equity must do equity and come forth with clean hands but even human rights activist and U2's front man Bono is accused of succumbing to the same hypocrisy by robbing the world's poorest people when he stores some of his wealth in a tax haven. So, since there are few cleans hands willing to come forward to seek equity I doubt we’ll be hearing much about that issue this election year. Just know, they are at it again!But frankly, from Obama’s point of view, I suspect Romney's blundering capitulation to America’s nastiest faction will be a gift to Obama.
In the spirit of Chicago ‘vote early and vote often.’Cheers,
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