The Bifactional Ruling Party

Rachel Lucas points out how mainstream Republicans are not really for smaller government, they just want to be in charge of the big one:

I was told during the election season by a few people I know personally and who read my blog that a casual observer of this space could easily come away with the impression that I’m a Republican because I oppose Obama and the Democrats and progressives. So for the record, once again: I am a libertarian. I supported the GOP candidate in the last few elections because I thought that was better than the only other viable alternative.

But I’ll never do that again. I’m never voting for someone like Romney or McCain or Dubya again; they’re just as useless as their opponents, just as happy with oppressively huge government as Obama is. Let the progressives burn it all down; it’s happening anyway and we may as well speed it up. I’d rather have the collapse come when I’m young(ish) than when I’m old and relatively helpless.

As the last election cycle played out, I found myself willing to vote Republican one more time. Mitt Romney was not a perfect conservative, but he was better than the alternative. He was better than President Obama, for sure, but he was also better than Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. I thought he might – just might – be able to postpone America’s inevitable judgment day. Alas, the American people voted for more bread and circuses as the cliff approaches. So far, it seems that the GOP’s response is to tack even further to the middle, to try and win votes as the Democrats-lite.

The end is nigh, and neither party is willing or even able to save the nation. I suppose it is time to enjoy the decline.

“Paul Ryan represents Obama’s most horrifying nightmare: Math.”

If Glenn Reynolds’ analysis is true, then President Obama is looking at a huge defeat this November:

The 2008 Obama campaign was all about hope and change. Obama’s nomination was to mark the end of rising sea levels, his presidency was going to mark the end of racial strife, and he was going to deliver “net spending cuts” and reduce the budget deficit “by half” before the end of his first term.

The Obama administration sold its near trillion dollar “stimulus” plan by claiming that without it, unemployment would reach 9% while with it, unemployment would stay below 8%. Despite the bill, unemployment hit 10% and has, in fact, remained more than 8% for the past 42 months. The “stimulus” money, meanwhile, seems to have vanished into a welter of crony-capitalism deals of which the Solyndra debacle is only the most famous.

President Obama came into office with a lot of big ideas for America. Yet after almost four years, it is clear that Obama has no idea what he is doing. He apparently thought that the economy would recover on its own, despite his policies, and so he was free to use the crisis as an opportunity to push his big-government agenda. As then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said after Obama’s inaugeration, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” I think that Obama’s administration is completely flummoxed by the lack of economic growth over the past four years. Newly-minted vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan put it well today: “If President Obama’s economic policies of borrowing, taxing, and spending worked, we would be entering a golden age along with Greece.”

Paul Ryan represents a real threat to President Obama’s reelection strategy, which is apparently to ignore his broken promises and record of failure and instead demonize Mitt Romney as an outsourcing, job-killing, one-percenter felon who wants to take America back to the Dark Ages. Instead, Romney and Ryan have an opportunity to demonstrate to America that, unlike the current president, they actually know how an economy works. Congressman Ryan first came into the national spotlight nearly three years ago when he took point on Republican opposition to the president’s healthcare bill:

I have been watching Congressman Ryan for a while. He is a good man, with a great family and strong convictions. Even when I do not agree with him on a policy decision, he has the ability to explain concisely why he voted the way he did. Libertarians will say that his budget did not go far enough in cutting spending, but I say that it did the job of starting the conversation about our unsustainable future. By putting him on the presidential ticket, Mitt Romney shows that he is at least serious about having that conversation. And that is why President Obama will be a one-term president.

*Title courtesy of the great IowaHawk.

An Honest Mistake

From the Smoking Gun:

Suspicious that his live-in girlfriend was planning an affair, a Tennessee man confronted the woman after spotting a photo of an unknown guy on her Facebook page, according to a police report.

Lowell Turpin, 40, “angrily demanded to know who the male was,” reported Anderson County Sheriff’s Department investigators.

Crystal Gray, 38, “replied that it was a picture of Mitt Romney.”

Assuming this man is not charged with a felony, he will be eligible to vote this November. I wonder what he thinks of President Obama. On the other hand, perhaps he was right to be jealous. For a sixty-five year old, Governor Romney looks pretty darn good. This guy? Not so much.