Who needs enemies?
By Chris Clancy
The RNC 2012? A job well done – I think.
Every "i" was dotted and every "t" crossed. Every speech was closely vetted and delivered without gaffes.
If I had to sum it in one word it would be "disciplined". No tearing Obama to shreds, no gloating, no mocking, no Putin-like contempt. He's a decent man, he gave it his best shot but it just didn't work – time for him and his folk to move aside.
Be nice. It's going to be a close one. Don't alienate those poor souls in the middle who still have a soft spot for Obama – in spite of the utter disaster he has been as president – simple-minded fools who have fond memories of him singing a line from an Al Green song or doing his slow-jam on the Jimmy Fallon Show.
His achievements can be counted on the fingers of one hand – or should I say one finger – and even that was unintended.
God help us - what has this guy done to the once-mighty office of President of the United States of America? We have to get him out!
I assume this was the message drilled into each speaker and every delegate. And they all got it and stuck to it.
Romney's speech was well put together and delivered in a workmanlike fashion – it was Romney being Romney – he had a job to do and did it. He will become president. And when he does he'll have another job to do.
But what a job.
He will immediately face a three-pronged onslaught; from public sector workers, from welfare recipients and from the liberal media.
In his speech he said success in life was about taking risks. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. He's been through it before. He knows the ropes. But what he'll be taking on as president is something else.
The downside doesn't bear thinking about..
He doesn't need this – but he's going to do it – because he's convinced it's something he can do. It's not for the plaudits – love him or hate him - he's just not that sort of man.
Whatever he's cooked up with Ryan has to be put in place on day one. He's got two years before he loses the House. Then two years before he has to ask the American people the inevitable question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
Reagan and Volcker managed it – by the skin of their teeth – but bad as their inheritance was, it was nothing compared to what Romney faces.
Pat Buchanan puts it thus:
Time will tell.
In the meantime the DNC is about to get underway.
Fantasy land here we come. I predict it's going to be anything but "disciplined". But then, what can one expect, given the incompetents Obama's got running his campaign.
With friends like that lot who needs enemies?
I wonder what part the bumbling David Axelrod and abrasive Stephanie Cutter will play? Then there's the delightful and enchanting DNC Chairperson – Ms. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Would you like to have dinner with this woman?
I noticed her nemesis, Ann Coulter, at the RNC. An interesting thought crossed my mind. A face-off between these two. On at prime-time. Pay-for-view. No shortage of customers. What a delicious prospect it would be.
Chris Clancy lived in China for seven years. Most of this time was spent as associate professor of financial accounting at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He now lives in Thailand where he spends his time reading, writing, lecturing and, whenever he gets the chance, doing his level best to spread Austrian economics.