Well. It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney’s running mate to be tossed into the fire. After making his keynote speech, that was laden with half-truths, Paul Ryan was lambasted with criticism from various network commentators and pundits…who had their ears full of commentary from their fact checkers.
The problem with this, and all politics? When you’re preaching to the choir, you can say whatever you want to get them riled up. But what’s the point of riling up the people whose votes you’ve already secured, regardless of what you say? For example, Mitt Romney could openly state his belief that drinking caffeine is wrong, as well as other brow-furrowing doctrine of the Mormon church, and anyone associated with the GOP will still cast a vote for the man. Just like every democrat could have cared less if Barack Obama ever displayed his birth certificate, and quite possibly wouldn’t have cared had the evidence of a non-American birth been damning. He’s still getting those votes.
However, the folks sitting on the fences. That’s where concern should lie. Those are the votes that you want–regardless of whether or not they matter in the long run. Regardless, what you don’t wanna do is drop a lot of rhetoric that is immediately criticized by pundits. Talk about yourself, what you’re going to do, highlight differences, but don’t make claims. It’s that simple.
I don’t really care about politics–it’s interesting, intriguing, but no, it doesn’t get my heart. Because of that, it has made it relatively easy to predict the outcomes of every presidential election that I can readily recollect. The first that I really remember was Reagan in ’84–which was as easy as Clinton in ’92. It seems the GOP still has too much infighting to take this thing in November. The walkout of the Maine delegates last night? Not good for the party. As they left, they walked out chanting, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Yep. They’re were all Ron “Paulistas,” and regardless of Paul being well-matured, his audience and support has grown. By denying those delegates their seat, and their platform say, I believe the GOP has sealed its fate in this election.