This weekend on Fox News something startling was said by Bill Kristol, the father of the neo-conservative movement and co-founder of PNAC (Project for the New American Century):
If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict. Bush was president during the financial meltdown. The Obama team has turned that around pretty well.
Kristol continued, on the Romney campaign:
If they just go back to mindlessly reminding people for the 5,000th time, ‘Guess what? The economy’s not great,’ they will waste the next 10 days.
Cracks have been appearing in the Teapublican bubble since the RNC convention. Two weeks ago, there was this epic battle between John McCain and Sean Hannity, the establishment candidate versus a mouthpiece for the Tea Party:
And just last week the co-chair of the Romney campaign, Tim Pawlenty, quit the campaign to become a lobbyist on Wall Street.
And then there were prominent conservative columnists, speech writers and even current GOP candidates distancing themselves from Romney’s 47% speech (he may be the first presidential candidate to be in history books for a percentage).
Like most Dems, watching the spectacle of right-wingers piling-on the Romney campaign gives me a great amount of joy (yes “joy”). Queen Ann’s “stop-it!” command hasn’t done much to get the Romney subjects in line, either. It may just be that the same “qualities” in the Romneys that left them hated by the 2008 and 2012 GOP candidates have been grinding away the support Mitt and Ann expected to receive from the party faithful. Its even possible that the Romney superiority complex that’s the norm at dinner parties for the rich and famous (or in the case of the Romneys, the rich and shameless) is a turn-off for rank-and-file Republicans. As a comedian said this weekend, the Queen of England is still popular with the common folk because she rarely speaks to them. But it looks to me as though the Romneys aren’t about to be silenced by commoners in the GOP and their arrogance could make this a fun and bumpy ride.
Prediction: The right-wing decides that Romney was a huge mistake, stops putting good money after bad, and looks to a Republican presidency in 2016. They gradually pull their support and let Romney’s campaign wither on the vine while moving resources into House and Gubernatorial races. Republicans keep control of the House and continuing government gridlock stymies a second Obama term and keeps economic growth in low or negative numbers. After four more years of joblessness, and after multiple 5-4 SCOTUS rulings in favor of conservative voter id laws, the GOP runs party favorites like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush in 2016.