Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bain's Reach Highlights The Bane Of Our Culture

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Bain Capital-friendly sabotage of Barack Obama's line of attack against Mitt Romney on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday program was discouraging enough, but the financial ties subsequently revealed between Bain and Booker, while "nauseating," (to steal a Bookerism), shed light on the bane of our political culture:

Corporate America's entrenched influence in American politics and its relentless march to control government power for its own rewards - - something Scott Walker has facilitated in Wisconsin and which Mitt Romney will execute if he is elected President in November.

This has been a long time in the making, from the right's attacks on the New Deal, to Lewis Powell's call to business for the creation of an effective right-wing political infrastructure (think tanks, etc.). to the emergence of conservative talk radio and Fox News, to the hatching of the Tea Party, to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision led by George Bush appointee Chief Justice John Roberts that released the top 1%'s money into the electoral process.

In Wisconsin, only the successful recall of Scott Walker on June 5th stands in the way of another six years+ of Grover Norquist's private-sector dream of drowning a shrunken government in a bathtub.

Romney has chosen to campaign from the same far-right fringes that backed and nurture Walker, and he will embrace, if elected, the robotic view of the Presidency that Grover Norquist has already assigned to the GOP's presumptive nominee:

We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate...

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared. 
Romney will have no trouble with that role, as:

Grover Norquist's presidential form meets Bain's needs;

Romney was Bain;

Is still its representation;

Regardless of what Cory Booker had to say.


Stop Walker in Wisconsin and this rightist strategy is stalled.

Fail to stop Walker and Romney/Norquist are strengthened, and the preservation of a fair democracy is risked.



I suspect Booker won't be opening his mouth for awhile now and his hope for becoming Governor of NJ has just been squashed.

enoughalready said...

Well said, James!