Fear and Shame on the Campaign Trail #2: The Week of the Dumb Democrats

Nevertheless, Ryan Derangement Syndrome is everywhere. It’s even infected Republicans. A contributor right here on PJ Media’s own Tatler moaned yesterday that the Ryan nomination was a loser for just those reasons – the public couldn’t comprehend his “complicated” proposals and will accept the Democrats' “radical” branding.

Of course, if that’s true, small “d” democracy doesn’t really work and the country’s in a pretty hopeless situation. I’m a bit more optimistic than that. “If not now, when,” as a Jewish sage once said. If we can’t get people to face economic reform now, when can we get them to face it? When things have already gone over the cliff and it’s too late?

Related to all this is the word that has been going around that Obama’s main man David Axelrod looks depressed. Why wouldn’t he be? Forced to run a campaign based on lying about or distorting what the other side says, fanning the flames of non-existent racism, etc., is a sure loser, even if you win -- perhaps especially if you win. Winning ugly in this instance will not be a triumph of any sort. Obama, at his worst, may succeed in destroying America as we know it, but he would destroy himself and everyone around him in the process.

At this moment, I’m betting none of this will happen. Romney’s choice of Ryan, for me, saved the day.

UPDATE: It has been pointed out to me by nephew Isaac, who lives in Hong Kong and has traveled to North Korea, that "Juche" is often translated as "Self-reliance." Yet more ironic - Kim Il-sung as a libertarian! Obama should pay attention.