Romney “best” candidate because if elected the GOP won’t crash the economy
June 5, 2012
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This is an amazing prediction, that Romney would be the best candidate because if he’s elected the Republicans won’t choose to crash the economy in 2013: The Keynesian case for Romney – The Washington Post.
Sadly, I agree with Klein on the predicted behavior of the Republicans in Congress. For the last 3 years, they have done the opposite of what Obama has wanted, and have, at every turn, tried to make Obama fail to make the economy better. It started with the stimulus (which was too small to have had much of an effect), and continued with every other single piece of legislation that Obama has put forth. Last night, Jon Stewart had Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on his show, and this is exactly what they talked about. It’s not the first time I’ve seen discussions of it, and I’ve held the belief myself for at least 2 years. All you need to do is witness the behavior of Republicans in Congress to believe it. Mann and Ornstein have a new book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, which detail all the horrible mess we’re in.
Do a thought experiment: a Republican won in 2008. She was faced with a Democratic congress that at every turn tried to sabotage her presidency. What would the headlines in the papers across the US read? What would the Republican PR machine at Fox News be saying? What would the general mood of the country be toward the Democrats?
The headlines would label the Democrats as traitors. Much like those who opposed the Iraq war (there were only a small handful of Democrats that opposed it).
Fox News would be running shows 24/7 denouncing the Democrats as un-American, as traitors, as sub-human. They would have shown bulls-eyes over their pictures, much like they did with Gabby Giffords.
Americans, in general, would hate the Democrats. The PR machine would be so overwhelming that it would take a huge effort to find anything redeemable in anything a Democrat did. They would have faced a blood bath in 2010 and would be looking at another one in 2012.
Back in our timeline, I guess the liberal press just doesn’t have the guts to call the Republicans on their deeds.