With just three presidential debates, one vice-presidential debate, and forty-two days separating us from the end of the 2012 presidential campaign, the nation is just six weeks away from freedom. Election fatigue has overtaken the nation like a virus, most of us just want the damn thing over with. A year ago, we all knew it would be Romney taking on Obama. Yet we suffered through what seemed to be an endless primary season, as the anti-Romneys emerged one by one from the GOP clown car. Those that didn’t self-destruct were quickly vaporized by the Romney Death Star. Pawlenty, Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, and finally Santorum fell like so many dominos. We finally got the matchup that we knew was coming. We just knew this was going to be a close and tough race, going down to the wire. Funny, someone forgot to tell Mitt Romney that he had to run a good campaign. With six weeks to go, the post mortems have already begun. What it boils down to is that an extremely unlikeable candidate offered nothing but right wing orthodoxy while at the same time revealing his contempt for the working class.
So it’s as good as over. For Republicans, it will soon be time for purging the memory of Romney from their brains. For them, it will be like standing at the altar for an arranged marriage that you never wanted and learning that your soon-to-be spouse has decided not to go through with it. Republicans in Congress will no longer have to weigh every vote by whether or not it helps Barack Obama politically. They will be free to drop the unified opposition that they vowed on Inauguration Day 2009. Soon, the search will begin anew for a true believer to carry the banner in 2016. For now, it will be time just to bask in the luxury of not having to root for someone that you dislike.
For Democrats, it will be time to breathe a sigh of relief. The number of arch conservatives on the Supreme Court will be fixed at four. The Affordable Care Act will survive and as more people realize its benefits, may become a permanent fixture.
For Barack Obama, he will no longer have to worry about re-election. Nor will he face an opposition party whose primary purpose is to deny him a second term. He can start to build on a legacy.
Most free of all will be Mitt Romney. No longer will he have to mingle with the working class that he despises so much. Never again will he have to share his income tax records with anyone. Never again will he have to parade in his mommy jeans costume, he can revert to his natural business suit. He can go ahead and amend his tax return to capture the deductions that he passed on in his 2011 return. He can take those dreaded mommy jeans to Goodwill and get a receipt for the donation. He can let his NRA membership lapse and go back to pillaging struggling businesses and stripping them of their assets. Ann Romney will be free, too- to resume the role of the spoiled CEO wife that she was born to play, to watch her dancing horse, to bake cookies and go shopping. For both of them, no more phony photo-ops of doing laundry in a hotel, they can go ahead and let the staff worry about it.
Just six weeks to go and we can be rid of the Romneys and the Romneys can be rid of us. We still need to go through the motions of voting, but let’s face it. It’s over. And not a minute too soon.