Anyone listening to Mitt Romney last Sunday morning got a wake up call. We expected the Republican candidate to give lip service to current Republican views on political issues like jobs and the economy. We expected a dose of Obama bashing.
Democrats have made sure that Americans are angry. Despite their open-armed populism, they have excluded the middle class from the benefits of the targeted spending passed off as a recovery. The strategy has its advantages. Democrats have successfully sold big government dependence and instilled fear in the middle class by keeping the number of unemployed at record levels.
Enough talk about the gloves coming off. They have been off for months. The only difference now is that Republicans can stop wasting time directing their attacks at each other, and can focus their attention on someone infinitely more deserving of conservative bile than other Republicans.
For voters, coping with the presidential campaign season and the litany of promises made by candidates is like dealing with a car salesman while listening to nails on a chalkboard. The months drag on and the experience becomes so intolerable that whatever happens in November is a disappointment.
Have Republicans learned anything since 2008? After three years of talk about Barack Obama being a one-term loser it strains the imagination to think that the destructive behavior during the Republican primaries is the lead up to winning the 2012 election.