Presidential Election 2012
Finally Liberated From Facts, Mitt Romney the Pure Bull Artist Takes Flight
by Matt Taibbi
Oct. 19th, 2012
Now, I suppose that’s technically true, in the sense that Mitt Romney never suggested that Bill Gates should be able to physically prevent any Microsoft employee from going to her corner store to buy condoms, but that pretty clearly was not what they were talking about. Obama tried to protest, but the moment was past, and Romney looked jazzed. You could see him thinking: “This just saying-anything-that-pops-into-my-head thing is great!” Over and over again he went to that well. The stat about 583,000 women having lost their jobs under Obama – where the hell did that number come from?
It doesn’t matter. None of it really matters, at this point. Romney has all of America right now running head-scratching analyses of his tax and jobs plans, trying to figure out if there’s any way the numbers fit. But my guess is, independent voters are not reading those dense commentaries, and instead are responding more to the general vibe surrounding Romney’s campaign, which is clearly benefiting from the fact that he’s being so aggressive that the whole world is left scrambling to react to his bullshit.
I think the new strategy, rather than try to swim down into the deep waters of Romney’s bogus plans, should be to stay on the surface and simply ask him simple questions. For instance, on his convoluted tax plan, just ask these two questions:
1) You’ve talked a lot about who’s getting a tax break under your plan. But who’s paying more? Where’s the pain coming from?
2) If there is no pain, and the whole thing really is “revenue neutral,” WHAT IS THE FUCKING POINT?
Now, cynically, we know what the “point” is. The point is to win an election by promising a 20% tax cut with one hand while promising that nobody will have to pay for it with the other. It’s brilliant stuff – the ecstasy of pure bull. I’m not sure how Obama counters it, but he’d better think of something, fast.