Clint Eastwood’s rant last night against an empty chair was definitely weird. But I think he’s onto something. Mitt Romney isn’t running against President Obama. He can’t – he’d lose.
Romney is running against Imaginary Obama.
You’ve heard of him: he raised everyone’s taxes, nationalized the country’s healthcare system, and took us – for the first time ever – into debt.
The economy was doing fine before Imaginary Obama came along, created a recession and housing bust, and gave all our money to AIG. He dismantled the Defense Department, single-handedly lowered the country’s credit rating, dissolved Medicare and took everyone’s guns away to give to illegal immigrants.
Given all that, it’s surprising Romney still doesn’t have an advantage in the polls.
The imaginary candidate is far preferable to Mr. Eastwood and everyone else in the Republican Party. They’ve stated their complete disdain for the facts, and defeating a president who saved the economy from the brink of destruction, authorized the raid on Bin Laden, ended the war in Iraq, cut taxes, invested in green energy, expanded private healthcare to 33 million Americans, and doubled the stock market would be impossible.
So why not argue with an empty chair? It might look stupid to me, but I’m not a Florida swing voter.
They’ve populated this fantasy world with other delusions: half the country doesn’t pay taxes, government doesn’t build roads & bridges, the recession wasn’t that bad – and certainly wasn’t anyone’s fault – and stimulus tax cuts for the middle class are equivalent to spending increases (I’m still shocked that conservatives accepted that new fact, but it’ll be forgotten under a Romney Administration).
The president was born in Kenya, Muslims are implementing Sharia Law in Tennessee, and Republicans wanted this administration to succeed.
Clint might have looked like a demented transient on stage, yelling at nothing, but he was really spilling the entire GOP playbook: Run against the guy who doesn’t exist.
Now can you imagine how embarrassing it will be if Romney still loses?