It began to dawn on me the other day that in Willard Rmoney and Paul Ryan, we have the makings of Bush Redux. There's just something chillingly familiar about the GOP ticket.
Willard and George W. Bush are both scions of prominent political families. Both have inherited money. Both have business and political connections made as a result of their fathers' prominence. Both appear to have daddy issues in which they want to accomplish what their fathers couldn't. Willard's father George ran for the Republican nomination in 1968 and didn't get it, so Willard is already ahead. But this lust for the presidency, this need to have it whatever the cost, is something else the two men have in common. Another commonality appears to be having absolutely idea of what they want to accomplish in the office. It's sort of like being a girl who pores over bride magazines, dreaming of her own wedding day but she can't see anything past the big dress and the party. I suspect that if Willard should obtain the office, he'll enjoy all the "Hail to the Chief"-ing, but he won't much care for the actual "preznitin'."
And that's where Paul Ryan comes in, because Ryan is Romney's Cheney. Ryan isn't a warmonger who feeds upon dead human souls the way Cheney was, but he's an economic warrior, and his prey is not Saddam Hussein or the oil fields of the Middle East, but Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized contraception, and public education. Ryan is cold, methodical and ruthless...and in a Rmoney administration, I see Willard making a stab at being a lovable dunce, perhaps using his robotic demeanor for laughs, while Ann plays Laura Bush, looking adoringly and smiling an enigmatic smile.
Rmoney even has the Bush smirk. John Aravosis posted a series of stills taken today from Willard's press conference, and the smirky similarity with George W. Bush on a solemn day is eerie
. Jed Lewison has a photo of Willard leaving the press conference
, and it made chills go up my spine it was so inappropriate.
If you liked the Bush years, you'll love the Rmoney years.
And like Bush, Rmoney could very well get a whole lot of Americans killed.
Labels: Bush Redux, Mitt Romney, sociopathy, terrorism