Ever feel like a word in the English language has two different meanings? Take “change,” for example. Obama’s 2008 campaign election was based on the word “change,” a risky move for someone who would be up for re-election in four years, forcing him to prove that change had occurred during his tenure. Even the poetic “yes we can” was about change, as in “yes we can change, and let me prove how much.” But the 2012 Republican presidential campaign has seen its share of change, as well.
For roughly nine grueling months, a new and crazier frontrunner emerged in the public embarrassment that was the Republican primary race, only to be booted out for rumors of infidelity (Herman Cain); multiple marriages and ethics violations (Newt Gingrich); debate gaffes and racial slur vacation homes (Rick Perry); and being too ideologically crazy for even the Republican Party (Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Donald Trump, who had the sense to realize that the press would eat him, and his hair, alive). And let’s not forget the candidates who were not allowed to speak at all: John Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul.
When it comes to “change,” the Republican party is all too familiar with throwing crap at the wall until it sticks.
And then, of course, there’s the crap that stuck: Mitt Romney. Good, solid, white-bread Romney. Like a robot whose memory was wiped clean, Romney has been re-programmed by his campaign team with a message that, at first, had nothing to do with social conservatism at all. Romney stuck with what he knew best: the job market and the economy, which he never wavered from in speech after boring speech. And to grab the votes from the swing states, Romney’s campaign team added Paul Ryan, and for good measure, convinced Romney to switch his position to pro-life and anti-gay.
Because you want your Presidential candidate and his side-kick VP to be as interchangeable as possible.
Romney, unlike the other Republican presidential candidates, was steadfast in his primary campaign speeches, but took a complete 360-degree turn from his former political self, when he was pro-gay, pro-choice, and pro-RomneyCare. As a lesbian who currently lives in Boston, I can tell you that Romney was a friend to the gays during his time here as the Governor of dark-blue Massachusetts. So what happened? Why the “change?”
I think I have a theory. If Romney knows one thing, it’s supply and demand (and hiding money in offshore tax loophole banks—which he is also pretty good at). When a product isn’t selling on the market, you change the product to fit the public’s need, or go under. Mitt Romney is that product, and the Republican Party is the owner, and manufacturer, of Romney/Ryan.
And if anyone knows how to make a “change” the Republican Party can believe in, it’s Mitt Romney.