One more for the road….
I think this is correct — Romney doesn’t want to go Full Metal Birther on Obama but he has to at least pretend that he will in order to keep the nuts happy.
What Romney is really doing — as I’ve been saying for days — is trying to placate his rabid base, and also his big donors, who may be zillionaires but are still angry old white male cranks who constantly watch Fox News just like all the other angry old white male cranks in America.
The base and the donors just can’t believe that all these timeworn lines of attack are unpersuasive to swing voters — Valerie Jarrett and Fast and Furious make their blood boil, so surely the rest of the public must feel the same way, right? The public just doesn’t know! It’s because Obama wasn’t vetted! The lie-beral media didn’t do its job four years ago!
The Republican primaries had a definite “Quien es mas macho” vibe — that’s why Mitt frequently trailed luminaries like Herman Cain and Donald Trump. The base wants the kind of winger who’s built to last, you fuck with him he’ll put his foot in your ass, so Mitt has to talk a tough game.
I doubt he has the balls to go through with much of it.