Dumb voters get dumber:
Piece by piece, as the economy has faltered and as the subprime mortgage crisis has taken hold, Ivan Toledo’s grasp on his job, his house — his entire middle-class life — has come undone.
Eight months ago, he was no longer able to afford mortgage payments that rose by hundreds a month. Four months ago, he was laid off from a job at an auto body shop. Somewhere in between, five credit cards were maxed out, the car and power bills went unpaid, and the cable TV was cut off. He and his wife worry about their 18-month-old son’s runny nose, but without health insurance there will be no visit to the pediatrician.***
Toledo once thought of himself as a Democrat, but it is the Republicans whose talk of turning around the economy speaks to him now. He plans to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary here and is deciding between former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who he sees as a tax-cutter who turned around that city, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, whose business credentials he admires.
Anyone who turns to Rudy Giuliani to turn the economy around deserves eight more years of compassionate conservatism, but as Tim and I discussed via aol IM, this really is the outcome of the Democrats not competing in Florida. The only political news this guy clearly gets is from the brief campaign spots or literature, and as there is no Democratic campaigning (tell me if this guy does not sound like an Edwards supporter?), all he sees is the GOP campaigning, and they win by default.
Whether this can be reversed in the general election remains to be seen. And no one please tell Mr. Toledo the Republican stance on the bankruptcy bill that will make it almost impossible for him to declare bankruptcy.