Tim Pawlenty fooled me big time. I had him clocked as the “Sage Of Beige,” a typical Midwestern matzoh ponem-Yiddish for a face with all the sizzle of a sheet of matzoh. I was certain that he was more vanilla than killa; but that was before he decided to kiss up bid time to the Tea Party. Remember, Timmy was a tree hugging, tax raising Governor of Minnesota, a giant no-no among the wingnut fringe that has corrupted the heart and soul of the former party of Lincoln, TR and Ike.
So what does T-Paw do to make his right wing bones? He comes up with a plan that makes Paul Ryan look positively Keynesian. Candidate Pawlenty proposes to reduce the top individual tax rate from 35% to 25%, cut the top corporate tax from 25% to 15%, and do away entirely with estate taxes and taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest. According to the Tax Policy Center, Tim’s Path To Plutocracy will cost the Treasury 11 billion dollars over the next ten years.
And he’s being taken seriously! The GOP is so hooked on the Koch bros, that all the natterings of Nobel economists, Wall Street wizards and other grounded-in-reality professionals go in one ear and out the other. No surprise, since there’s precious little inside to stop them.
With T-Paw going postal, Mitt Romney is all that remains of political practicality among the other garden gnomes going for the gold. Herman Cain can deliver pizza and little more, Michelle Bachmann is a shrill, unfunny joke, Ron Paul is a child only Ayn Rand could love, Rick Santorum is a non-starter in his own state and Newt Gingrich is staring down the muzzle of his own loose canon.
Considering the precarious state of their present lineup, I offer the GOP a workable Plan B-don’t run anyone in 2012. Concede the election to Obama, and spend your time and money on retaining your majority in the House and taking the Senate. Without the burden of a no-coattails candidate, it just might work.
This is a piece I composed for Politico’s Arena blogging forum. It is a response to the question: “Why are Obama’s numbers so low, and will he benefit by going on the road?”
President Obama’s numbers are as low as they are because, true to form, he has taken a patient and thoughtful approach to our looming financial crisis, rather than pointing fingers and blowing hard like his detractors on the right and the left.
None of them have truly taken his measure, including the nervous and fickle electorate. They still blame him for the collapse of American exceptionalism and the hard times that have come in it’s wake.
He’s taken the heat; but last week at George Washington University, Obama drew a line in the setting cement. Thus spake the President. I will not extend the Bush tax cuts, and I call on the rich to pay their fair share of the burden. I will not allow Medicare to be crippled and Medicaid dismantled on my watch. In so speaking, Obama just wound up his watch for another four years.
Yes, his numbers are low, but look at the twenty plus points he’s picked up with independent voters. Rational people don’t want a Trump comb-over, a ginned up Tpaw-ty or an empty suit from Massachusetts who’s developed immense lower body strength backpedaling from the little good he’s done.
The Campaigner In Chief is going on the road, and his detractors are about to experience the Art Of War, Obama style.
If you’re so inclined take a look at the piece on the Politico site.
You can catch it at: http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Peter_Bergman_58226EA9-D6AF-40AA-812A-B28FEBD501A5.html
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