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Friday, September 21, 2012

Romney Rain on Tea Party Parade

In the wake of the 47 percent quake, the ground is moving under Republican Senate and House candidates who only days ago seemed to have a lock on controlling Congress.

The patter of feet scrambling away can be heard in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut all the way to Nevada as GOP Senate seekers distance themselves from Romney world.

Says Tommy Thompson, who suddenly lost his lead in Wisconsin, “If your standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it’s going to reflect on the down ballot.”

And then some. As the President pulls away in national polling, Romney’s reverse coattails are dusting up Tea Party hopefuls who only days ago seemed certain to gridlock a second Obama term as they hijacked his first.

The Impossible Dream that November might loosen the grip of John Boehner’s and Mitch McConnell’s naysayers is still a long shot, but it’s looking doable.

Who says that Mitt Romney can’t make the hopes and aspirations of some Americans come true?

Update: In a lame attempt to distract attention from the 47 percent onslaught, the Romney campaign does its usually brilliant job by (1) releasing his 2011 taxes in a Friday afternoon dump usually designed to avoid maximum exposure and (2) in a way that has one of his 2008 strategists gasping in disbelief.

Now the debate is shifting from what Romney believes to what he is hiding not only about his taxes but what his tax policies would be if elected.

Democrats should just stand back and let it all happen.

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