…I think this just became a choice election, and a choice that favors Barack Obama, and Mark Halperin thinks I’m wrong. To wit:
Ryan could in the end hurt Romney’s chances or help them, but the notion that Mitt made the pick in a state of panic about his odds isn’t accurate. Before the pick, Romney’s chances were predicated on voters casting their ballots based on a lack of confidence in Obama to be a good steward of a good economy. That is still true now that Romney has become Romney-Ryan. And that is the whole ball of wax.
First, let us remember how incredibly talented Mark Halperin is:
Halperin spent 2011 gearing up for the presidential elections by parroting transparently lame spin from Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, insisting that Palin was really going to run for president and taking Trump’s farcical vanity “campaign” seriously as anything other than a time-wasting stunt. He still takes Mark Penn seriously as a wise campaign sage and not an amoral grifter. And he got in trouble for calling President Obama a “dick” on “Morning Joe,” because the president criticized the GOP at a press conference….Halperin is so dedicated to being wrong about everything that, upon his return to the airwaves, he actually made a point of mentioning that, had he been on TV during his suspension, he would’ve been wrong about something.
And I’d note two things.
First, I don’t know too many people who choose to “shake up” a game if they’re winning. (Halperin admits, earlier in his piece, that everybody else in the world thinks Romney was losing.)
Second, let’s unpack these sentences: Before the pick, Romney’s chances were predicated on voters casting their ballots based on a lack of confidence in Obama to be a good steward of a good economy. That is still true now that Romney has become Romney-Ryan.
Let’s imagine you need knee surgery, and you’re not thrilled with Dr. Obama, your current surgeon. Your knee is doing better than it was a few years ago, but it’s not 100%, mostly because your insurance company wouldn’t approve a second surgery that would have addressed some lingering issues. You can choose a new orthopod, but the only guy available is this Romney guy, who says he has lots of experience with knees, so he knows that Dr. Obama has royally fucked up your care and he will do what it takes to make your knee feel all better. You’re thinking, that sounds good, I mean, what could it hurt to try something new?
And then he introduces you to his assistant, Dr. Ryan, a handsome young fellow who actually does all of his scalpel work. He’s very calm and reassuring, and is very convincing and authoritative when he talks about the failure of Obama’s policies. And you’e just about to switch doctors when you find out that Ryan believes the solution to your knee pain is amputation just above the joint. He claims that, eventually, the lower leg will grow back, although it hasn’t happened when he’s tried it before.
Are you still picking your doctor solely on your feelings about Dr. Obama? Or are you factoring what the Romney/Ryan amputation plan?