With today’s announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Romney has again reminded us what today’s Republican Party stands for. Following in the footsteps of John McCain, the last, failed Republican candidate, the once moderate, pragmatic Romney has completed his conversion to right-wing wacko. The pick proves that it is the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world and corporate America who really runs the Republican party, not the everyday American voter.
I respected McCain before the last election. He was indeed a “maverick”, someone who fought for what he thought was right, regardless of his party’s view on a particular issue. That all went out the window once he ran for president, and it’s carried over into his bitter, post-election loss political life. Now, McCain is a shell of of his former self, having been “assimilated” (Borg-style!) into the rest of the conservative, right-wing, wacko component of the Republican party.
It’s amazing how Romney has followed the same path. Romney has somehow transformed from a moderate governor of a liberal state, from a champion of health care reform, into a sniveling wimp who kowtows to the most radical in the Republican Party. The Ryan announcement is just verification of the transformation. The architect of a budget plan so extreme, so completely unrealistic that even huge numbers of Republicans distanced themselves from it as much as they could, was strongly backed by the most radical and conservative people and institutions in th U.S.
And, as usual nowadays for the Republican Party…the radical wing of the party “won”, and got their man as the VP candidate. I really wonder how men like McCain and Romney can look in the mirror in the morning, knowing how they’ve completely sold their souls for the sake of winning an election. There’s really no word to describe it other than….pathetic.