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Pull up a chair, kiddos, Uncle Paracles has a Fable.
Once upon a time there was a bad bad man with lots of money....
People seem confused about the Romney selection.
Why does he need to please the base so much?
He has plenty of money....
The base are still likely to vote for him - he needs the independents...
Okay, here's the deal - the choice of Ryan means Romney's been captured by tea party/nuttism.
And that nuttism, as seen from Kansas the last few weeks, has been brutally effective.
While Romney didn't need money per se - he needs effective advertising, to cover his lukewarm presence. With Ryan on board, the dirty money anonymous spigot opens up - there will be no more conservative criticism of Romney.
And the "unaffiliated" anonymous advertising will put out blistering lies in all the right places.
Of course the effort to disenfranchise potential Democratic votes continues.
From the Karl Rove playbook, "hit 'em in their strengths" - I'd guess the flip-flop on RomneyCare is to make Mitt a compassionate conservative again - in some venues. Expect a concocted scandal on Obama's taxes or wealth. The issue on Bain & El Salvador hit squads will turn back into Eric Holder's involvement defending same.
But the new Koch bunch doesn't play by Karl's book - they'll just simply lie and go for hallucinatory takes on reality.
Of course I could be wrong - but all the Democratic happiness, that the right wing threw them in that briar patch, tee hee hee - it could be a tougher road than thought at first sight.
It's not that Scott Brown or Scott Walker are so popular - it's that they were willing cavities for wing nut fluids, the liquid money our system's awash in.
It was just a few months back that Newt Gingrich had to eat serious humble pie because he dissed Paul Ryan and his budget. These Gods are rather humorless, and our modern Olympus is getting rather predictable.
Romney's colleagues at Bain say he wasn't that good at sales - his main effectiveness was in raising serious amounts of investment backing. In this case, he's moving from being Sheldon Adelson's boy to being the poster child for the amoral monied class.
Of course, they still need to win on votes - and they're busy making sure fewer and fewer Democratic votes will count.
So don't follow the pundits - it's easy to think this move is a mistake. But then people ignore the energy Palin gave to McCain's campaign for all her slips. With Ryan, it's just the right special sauce. Some people gleefully note Ryan's not a good campaigner - but he's more of the right's Chauncey Gardener or policy wonk-cum-oracle. In short, he doesn't have to speak truth-to-power: he just has to let power speak around him.
So don't spike the ball on Sunday when it's Monday night football - the media spend has yet to be put in, and sadly, things are just about to get interesting. Follow the money, not wishful thinking. Sure, they might still lose the presidency - but they'll pack the Congress with enough parroters to keep their views front burner.