With everybody still atwitter about Saturday's announcement of "next President of the United States" Paul Ryan – and everybody similarly perplexed at Mitt Romney's alleged Orlando stop highlighting the profitability of foreclosure on Monday that wasn't – the Democratic National Committee put tires to tarmac on Sunday afternoon for a reprise of its "Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus" tour, and boy was it like going to look at a bus at a small garage off of super South Orange Avenue! Actually, it was more fun than that, but Sunday politics in oil-stenched warehouse spaces aren't always our cup of tea.
Anyway, diminutive DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz exercised her almost mechanical stump skills, calling Romney/Ryan the "go-back team" while repeating several times that famed Ryan coda of "ending Medicare as we know it." Mostly, though, it was your expected jabs at political shapeshifter Romney as a failure to Massachusetts and a threat to America (he'll make the rich richer, etc.) DWS brought along a couple of guest speakers to bolster her soundbites, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who didn't say much at all. ("Is that a peach gingham shirt?" we asked. "I think it's from Land's End," he replied. Riveting!)
So when we got the chance to buttonhole DWS ourselves about just how exciting it was to have somebody with a substantively awful voting record weighing Romney down, her face lit up a little bit. We now have a "clear choice," she said; Ryan has a "terrible record" on social issues; this is all part of the "failed policies of the past"; seniors are in big trouble, etc. While we were hoping for a little bit more of an off-card reaction – something along the lines of "Are you fucking kidding me? I fell out of my chair when Ryan got the nod!" – DWS kept it short and sweet, reminding us of the "dramatic contrast" we now face in the presidential stakes. Yeah, we know. Roll on, November.