John Ransom

All the crying going on from Camp Mittens denying that Romney set out to screw Congressman Allen West out of his seat in Palm Beach County is just the usual exaggerated outrage that we should be accustomed to from Mitt and Company when they’ve been caught in the act.

Remember these are the same guys who are saying that Mitt’s the most electable candidate, but if we question Mitt’s electability we’ll only have ourselves to blame if Mitt doesn’t get elected.

Or something like that.

It’s hard to keep up with the rhetoric when a campaign has one set of lies to fool the public, one set of lies to fool reporters and one set of lies to fool themselves, in a paraphrase of war-time British Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

“I must have missed something in today's column” wrote one rabid Romney fan, deliberately misreading criticism of Romney, “what office in the Florida legislature does Mitt Romney hold?”

None, of course       

And no one is saying that Mitt Romney, much less his campaign, set out specifically to hurt Colonel West.

What we are saying, and what has been acknowledged to have some level of veracity, is that people in the Florida GOP who represent Mitt set out to hurt West during the redistricting process. They did it because they are essentially hostile to the Tea Party element. So get used to it because these are the people who Mitt picked to surround himself with.

It’s a pretty safe assumption that Mitt agrees with their point of view. You know, the whole birds-of-a-feather thing?  

These are the same type of folks in the GOP who within days of the nomination of Sarah Palin for vice president on the Republican ticket, were describing her as a hillbilly-gone-wild at Neiman Marcuses from coast-to-coast.

What’s worse they were collecting paychecks from John McCain while they were twisting the knife into Sarah Palin and the Republican ticket. Remember that money you sent to McCain? It went to support a hatchet, not a ballot.  

And while the rest of us were knocking on doors, working GOTV, McCain staffers were thinking up better punchlines on the Palin family.  Forget about TARP. The moment McCain lost the campaign was the moment he turned a blind eye to his own campaign staff leaking “information” on Palin. 

Getting past the idiocy of such a move, let’s move on to the policy behind such a move.

Clearly there are two GOPs today.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.