Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 9/27/12

For Romney Ryan and the Republicans, September is the Cruellest Month

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     (# of views)   No comments
Author 58647
Message Kurt F. Stone
Become a Fan
  (8 fans)

  I don't know if Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or the folks that run the Republican Party ever studied or read The Wasteland -- T.S. Eliot's monumentally disjointed modernist poem.  If they did then perhaps they remember the haunting words with which it opens:

 

   April is the cruelest month, breeding

  Lilacs out of the dead land . . .

  

  Then too, perhaps they also remember the promise one of the poem's many voices (or speakers) makes in line 30: 

 

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


(Image by Unknown Owner)   Details   DMCA
  

   It seems to me that for Romney, Ryan and The Republican Party -- the "R R & TRP" of this week's title -- it is September, not April, which will likely turn out to be their "cruellest month."  And for them, it will have nothing to do with lilacs, dead land or "fear in a handful of dust."  Rather, what will make September so incredibly cruel  for them is a witch's brew of bad press, lackluster campaigning, pallid poll numbers, and impolitic misstatements made by a standard-bearer who perhaps, when all is said and done, doesn't really want to be president all that much.  

 

Yes indeed, September has been rather cruel to R R &TRP.  It began with a slightly amateurish national convention in Tampa at which disdain for President Obama was far louder and more palpable than passion for Governor Romney; a convention whose rhetorical high point was Clint Eastwood speaking to an empty chair. For all their efforts, the Republican ticket received virtually none of the political "bounce" which national conventions traditionally proffer. And, to make matters a bit worse, Tampa was immediately followed by the Democrats' National Convention in Charleston, which by comparison, was a tour-de-force -- sort of like Casablanca versus Any Which Way But Loose. 

 

Then, the Romney camp inexplicably decided to turn their response to attacks on American diplomatic installations in Cairo and Benghazi -- which took the life of 4 Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens -- into a partisan political attack on President Obama.  In a late-night communique' issued even before the full extent of attacks were known, Romney said:

I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

   

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Kurt F. Stone Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Kurt Stone is a rabbi, writer, lecturer, political activist, professor, actor, and medical ethicist. A true "Hollywood brat" (born and raised in the film industry), Kurt was educated at the University of California, the Eagleton Institute of (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

About Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Chiaroscuro: The Art of Rembrandt . . . and Romney?

A Memo to Sarah Palin

Is Rick Santorum Running for POTUS or POTMA?

Health Insurance in America: Legalized Extortion

Where Has All the Propofol Gone?