Atrios thinks Romney-Ryan will get points from establishment media for saying they’ll screw the middle-class:
My prediction is that the election narrative from our Villagers will coalesce around the question that voters care about most of all: which candidate (and party) will make the electorate suffer the most?
America 2012. It’s just one big laboratory for the S&M fantasies of the Villagers.
I hope he’s right. Because screwing the middle-class may send a tingle up Chris Matthews’ leg but it’s a losing proposition politically. If Cokie and David Gregory and Jon Mecham and the rest giddily agree that Romney-Ryan will put the middle-class back it its proper subservient place, that’s a win for Obama. If it’s a few Villagers grimly nodding along about hard sacrifices in the background, that helps Romney, but if it’s Sunday morning public S&M, it hurts.
But I don’t think that’s what will happen. Let’s check in with the man who is always wrong, Mark Halperin:
Mitt Romney just held a short press availability in Florida and completely dodged the question of which parts of the Ryan budget he disagrees with.[…]
The White House and much of the media are going to stay on this issue for a good long time. Instead of playing rope-a-dope, Romney should stand and answer.
Romney should not stand and answer, he should bob and weave. Neither wingers nor pundits care about details. Unless the Obama campaign hits him hard on vouchercare — which I think they will — Romney can use sadomasochism and WOLVERINES! to give the right and the Village four hour erections without telling the public that he plans to make them eat cat food in their old age.
There’s no way that Romney can win the battle of vouchercare. But maybe he can get points for “tough decisions” from sociopaths without alienating that many normal people. Maybe. But I doubt it.