Get a load of this: Long, damaging presidential primary has GOP considering changes to its rules
By Cameron JosephThe Hill
Many acknowledge privately that they worry a long primary is forcing all of the GOP candidates to spend more than they want and that the candidates' negative attacks against each other are hurting the eventual nominee's chances against President Obama.
Let's put this in perspective.
Romney is the one backed by old Republican money. Romney has been out-spending by leaps and bounds all the other candidates (five-to-one on up)--and he ALWAYS spends the gross of his money on smear ads against the current top-runner in the state. But it gets worse. His smearing is about as bad and dishonest as anything Media Matters, MSNBC and the Soros machine could ever dream up.
This is a man talking about restoring American values.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that people are getting turned off to the very idea of backing someone who plays dirty pool. So rather than risk getting slimed because they like another candidate, many people are simply staying home. Turn-out is not good, folks. Look at the numbers.
Romney's tactic is taking the Tea Party enthusiasm that infected the mainstream in the 2010 turnaround and turning it into "I don't give a damn, they're all liars" cynicism.
He is transmuting high-morale gold into indifferent lead right before the eyes of everyone. He's even got Ron Paul running smear ads in a state where Paul isn't even campaigning (Michigan)!
So what do the allegedly wise cigar-chomping backroom kingmakers think about the fact that their cheating isn't working with the public?
Hell, it's easy. Just change the rules. Look at the article I linked to.
And, of course, rig the new game. You won't find that part in the article, but it's there. Oh, is it there.
These people have such an exaggerated contempt for the public, for the average American, that I don't know how they get away with it. Maybe it's because they shift the arrogance and conceit blame to snooty liberals, who are more than glad to look down their noses at everyone in public. But don't be fooled. These backroom boys think the average American is a steer in a herd of cattle, can be easily controlled, and deserves it for being so stupid
If anything is going to hand a victory to Obama, it will be the insistence on dirty tricks by Romney and the GOP old-boy machine. We're going back to Nixon days, but in the middle of the information revolution. If these underhanded tactics keep up, that spells to me that these days are actually coming (wiretaps and all) but without the accompanying Nixon wins.
Who wants to vote for a smear merchant of The National Enquirer
level after the Tea Party euphoria? (With all due apology to The National Enquirer
.) If that's the game, who gives a crap? Might as well stay home.