By his inferences and claims that Mitt Romney may be a criminal the Great Divider has divided once again. But this time he has underestimated the intelligence and character of the American people. His hardest core followers, the Republican haters, will have one more ostensible justification for their hate. The division will become deeper but not broader.
The vast majority of the American people can see the allegations for what they are – slanderous, deceitful, desperate attempts to divert attention from Obama’s record in office and beneath the dignity of a sitting president. In short, it will backfire against him. Barack Obama is hoisting himself by his own petard with this one. It will fail just as the ridiculous attempt to paint Republicans as waging a war against women.
One complaint frequently heard from conservatives is that Republicans tend to pull their punches, remaining too reserved when responding to false charges. Signs are developing that this will not be the case with the Romney campaign. When Howard Cosell asked Mohammad Ali whether he aimed his punches at the jaw or the side of the head, Ali answered “I aim for the back of the head”. Romney knows what he is up against and, like Ali, will not stop short when he punches back.
When Howard Cosell asked Mohamed Ali where he aimed his punches, Ali said “I aim for the back of the head.” Mohamed Ali fought like a champ. Republicans, on the other hand are given to pulling their punches. Not Rick Perry.
It would be treason, Perry says.
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all will do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said to laughter from supporters in Iowa.
“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, treasonous in my opinion,” he said.
Ears on the Right heard NO MORE STIMULUS! Ears on the Left heard only a blasphemous threat. Those in the middle are provoked to thought. In my opinion, it was a gotcha that won’t get. Any sane person knows the comment was a slander, not a real threat. Slanders are the spice of choice in political campaigns. Bernanke is a good guy and Perry knows it. But even good guys make mistakes.
Now about the Fed. When interest rates are six percent, lowering them to five will promote borrowing by consumers for refrigerators and cars and borrowing by businesses for expansion. It can poke an economy and get it to move. But lowering rates from near zero to nearer zero is like trying to move the economy by pushing on its string. What the economy needs is not another Quantitative Easing. What the economy needs is a president who isn’t a business killer.