This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, May 09, 2012.
Well, today was the day. The one for which Colorado has been waiting. Not long after Obama appeared in Boulder to pack the Coors Center after a break at The Sink, Mitt Romney appeared this morning, around 10 AM, and enthralled oil workers at the intersection of Weld County Road 19 and nowhere. Well, not far from Fort Lupton. But, nowhere.
We are not sure if the Romney folks sent in busloads of Mormon students as they have elsewhere, but surely the group there to cheer for the now certain to be GOP presidential nominee will be somewhat smaller than Obama's. That's possibly because Romney lost Colorado to Rick Santorum in the GOP primary, because the Tea Party rules the Colorado GOP.
There's a lot of that going around. In Indiana, yesterday, Dick Luger lost in the GOP Senatorial primary to an idiot state officer who is Tea Party blessed. Luger held a huge lead over his likely Democratic opponent, but not so for the guy who beat him. Luger had been an effective Senator for decades and held all sorts of seniority plus regard from the Democrats. The wise Republicans of that state thought a Tea Party member, who generates no respect from the Democrats, and who has lowest possible seniority and regard from the national GOP, will do a better job for their state. But, it's entirely unlikely he'll beat the Democrat in November.
Luger's defeat is tied to the bailouts of the auto industry, although most of that worked out great with nearly no public loss, since they were loans and paid back and now the companies like Ford and Chrysler - Chrysler! - have just announced huge first quarter profits. The Tea Party, composed almost entirely of those who do not understand economics or who want to manipulate those who do not, views the national economy as a corner Mom and Pop grocery dealing with cash, which should be gold in color. It was the mostly fake image of masses of people getting money for free that gave the Tea Party birth, since they were not among them.
Lugar voted for the bailouts; his opponent, in his role as Indiana state treasurer, sued over Washington’s plan to write down Chrysler’s bonds, but lost in the US Supreme Court. Indiana has one or two auto workers in the ranks of voters who might choose to express their opinion in November. Atop all the subsidiary businesses totally dependent upon that industry.
In Colorado, yesterday as well, the state Senate didn't act upon the Civil Unions legislation, and the Democrats were handed a huge campaign plus, since the Republicans are led by Frank McNulty, a political disaster, who has managed to not only fire up the hardly unimportant gay community in Colorado and around the nation but also to seriously annoy many Colorado Republicans. Seriously annoy them. He tries to blame it on the Democrats, not entirely without justification, but it's just a gossamer to hide his bigotry and his obvious pander to the most conservative elements of his most conservative party.
As in Indiana, the Tea Partiers claim that the financial mess started with the bailouts that somehow began with Obama, although they began earlier under Bush under duress. By which I mean they lie. And if the Tea Partiers want to repeal the bailouts somehow, they have issue with the Republican candidate. After years of decrying the bailout, Romney NOW wants credit for it, since it worked so well.
In 2008, the year Obama won the election but had not taken office yet, Romney declared "If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye." Ford didn't actually accept a bailout and hadn't asked for one, but never mind.
A year later, Mitt Romney said "Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that's not the way to go. I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake."
But today, Romney is saying "I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So, I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back." His problem is that Obama was on record as wanting a managed bankruptcy, which is what happened, but the Republicans, trying to fire up the plantlife, called it a bailout, which Romney did as well. So was he lying then, or now? And when and where did he push that alleged idea?