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.