I can hardly wait until Saturday Night Live’s take on The Donald’s endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday. The SNL writers may have a hard time topping the real event for belly laughs. Mrs. Romney looked like she was about to undergo a root canal and when the four minute endorsement was finished, Donald put Mitt’s hand in such a death grip (so all of the photographers could get the picture) that here was a clear wince of pain on the Mittster’s face.
A day after Romney had declared that “I’m not concerned about the very poor”, he trots out with the biggest blowhard faux-billionaire in America, whose signature phrase is “you’re fired”. Even the conservative press was wincing. Somehow the campaign of the Republican’s is wandering off into irrelevancy.
This morning the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3%, dealing a severe blow to the whole Republican narrative that the economy is crashing under Obama.
This is the progress in job growth since Obama was inaugurated. There is no way you can spin this that “things are getting worse. You add in the dramatic turnaround in the stock market, which affects every 401 K and Obama has a good story to tell on recovery.
What’s more interesting is that Romney now wants to fight the battle with Obama over foreign policy.
It did not take long for Mitt Romney to pounce on Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s statement Wednesday that American troops could end their combat role in Afghanistan by mid-2013, 18 months sooner than expected. Within hours, Mr. Romney lambasted it as “naïve” and “misguided.”
Could Mitt be so clueless as to understand that arguing to stay in Afghanistan is a total loser argument, even within his own party? Has he ever listened to Ron Paul’s biggest applause lines in the debates? If the Republicans can’t fight on national security and the economy is clearly on the mend, what is their message? Well the highly unpopular House Republicans have a solution–“Keep you head down and say nothing”.
“Most of us expect the major decisions aren’t going to be made this year,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a former chairman of the House Republican campaign committee. “It’s a very political year. The big thing for us is to not be part of the conversation instead of trying to inject ourselves into it.”
As I said, this is too funny not to savor every moment.