Saturday, August 11, 2012
Romney-Ryan 2012 — Open Thread
What say you? Or does anymore need to be said?
I see this election as a referendum on the basic direction of the country. But this direction will not be presented completely clearly to voter for two reasons. First, the parties themselves are not united around a clear vision and path, and secondly, politicians don't like showing their hand when doing so revealing an agenda that is unpopular with voters.
The GOP is clear where it wants to take the country. There is a basic division in the party between the Laffer crowd of supply siders and the fiscal conservatives who regard the Laffer position (deficits don't matter) as "voodoo economics." Romney and the GOP Establishment belongs to the former and Paul Ryan the conservatives to the other.
The Democrats not so much. There is still a tug of war between the Third Way New Democrats and the Progressives, and the Third Way New Democrats are in power.
So look for a lot of sophistry, obfuscation, and distraction rather than substance and argument.