The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. — Sun Tzu
I wish it were otherwise, but the United States is engaged in a political civil war. Until Republicans stop trying to give unfettered control over every aspect of American life to the 1%, Democrats are our only electoral hope. The Dylan Ratigans of the world (who blur the distinction between the two parties) probably mean well, but their lofty bipartisanship is dangerous. Republicans must not be allowed to govern. It’s that simple.
Fortunately, the stars seem to be aligning our way. Barack Obama, after a long romance with the preposterous idea of working with Mitch McConnell, has wised up. The economy is showing signs of life. And — incredibly! — Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are engaged in a death match to see who gets the Republican presidential nomination.
Romney versus Gingrich in 2012 is the exact opposite of Hillary versus Obama in 2008. The latter was a contest between two superior candidates, each of whose positive qualities far outweighed their negative ones. As for Mitt and Newt. . .
Well, Newt Gingrich is unelectable. Period. His negatives have negatives. And Mitt Romney’s single significant positive — his “business experience” — is on a slow boast to the Cayman Islands, where his money (taxed, we now learn, at a paltry 13.9%) is stashed. He’s soon to be a flip-flopper without portfolio.
Not only are Gingrich and Romney horrible candidates, but Republican extremists are forcing them to argue over which man can act like a bigger asshole in a debate with Barack Obama. Gingrich already is an asshole, and Romney is on his way to becoming one.
This two-headed monster should be a gift that keeps on giving. In tonight’s State of the Union speech, Obama needs to find as many ways as possible of letting viewers know what the Republican Party has in store for them.
And please. Easy on the bipartisanship.