Aug. 11th, 2012

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So, a man who has been so rich and successful, some fear he has no way to relate to the working classes and the poor, has picked as his running mate for the Presidential election a man whose apparent goal is to dismantle the welfare state as motivation for people to become more self-sufficient. Wow, just wow.

If you believe your life's arc is inevitably upward, you might support this ticket no matter how dire your current circumstances. If you're sure you're more likely to become a millionaire than out of work and broke, this ticket might be for you. But for anyone who has known anyone who worked hard in life and still needed the safety net, this ticket might be anathema.

After trying to hard to frame this election as a referendum on Barack Obama as President, the Republicans have suddenly made this a referendum on the Tea Party movement in the USA. The Tea Party may be vocal, but I doubt they're enough to carry an election.

I'll be horrified if Romney/Ryan wins in November, but for now, I'm amused.

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