Alas, there are other issues. For example, is experience in public service relevant in your qualifications to be president? People used to think so. As recently as 2008, Republicans touted Senator John McCain’s long military record, followed by many productive years in Congress, as evidence that he grasped the elements of government from several directions and knew how to get things done. Now watch as the murdochian meme of hating all government, all the time, reaches its fruition with Mitt Romney’s record of public service, the skimpiest in 100 years. One term as governor of a northeastern state… period. That’s it. Not even an additional day as mayor or dog catcher.
Now, Rachel Maddow has her own axes to grind. Hardly a detached nonpartisan, hereslf. But the facts deserve a look. Only then recall what Maddow doesn’t mention. That Romney got a lot done during that one term, creating a model for sensible health care reform for the entire nation. Come on. Rachel, try to be fair.
All right, I admit I was being a bit sardonic there. Moreover, it is legitimate for Republicans to repudiate their own proposal of 20 years. “We’ve changed our minds” is a fair enough thing to say.
Still, the ironies come thick and rich and we citizens have a right to chuckle over them. Picture this distillation offered by one member of my blogmunity: “The president was lambasted by his opponents for getting a congress (controlled by his party) to pass their (the other party’s) version of a bill on an issue both parties had been debating for decades.”
Okay, you can change your minds. But why be so angry that the other side went ahead and passed your bill? It’s the anger that’s dishonest. Indeed, it is foul.