EDITORIAL: Stakes high against Obama - Washington Times
Republicans gather in Tampa on Monday for their nominating convention. These quadrennial gatherings lack their historical drama, and in 2012 the outcome is assured. Former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan will be the party’s nominees for president and vice president, the “brokered convention” fantasy scenarios notwithstanding. Some curmudgeons believe the primary system and the pace of modern politics have rendered stately, long-form conventions unnecessary, but these spectacles still play an important symbolic role in setting the stage for the final push out on the hustings.
The GOP ticket will stick to the script that’s been developed over the past months and weeks, indicting the Obama administration’s failure to deliver on the promises of future prosperity Democrats made in 2008. Jobs haven’t been created; economic growth hasn’t rebounded; personal incomes have fallen more in the last three years than in any postwar recovery period; and the Congressional Budget Office is predicting another sharp economic contraction ahead. The Republican appeal reaches beyond party ranks. Many independents who joined candidate Barack Obama chanting “Yes we can!” in 2008 are now asking, “Well, why didn’t you?”
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