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John writes on his blog:
OFA creates a Best-Of for the Bain/Romney smears by mashing picture postcards of China, India, Caymans, Bermuda, Switzerland. The OFA case assembles a cartoon of the modern American CEO as a loopy deceiver and secret conspirator. The conspiracy is capitalism vs. the IRS tax code.
In sum, OFA has now chosen to pose this not as Obama vs. Romney rather as a Territorial (Federal) Marshal vs. a Railroad (Space Alien) (Wall Street) Invader. Obama the candidate assumes the role of hero who can outfight, outtalk, outrun, outblast the bad guys (GOP), and Romney assumes the familiar role of vain, non-human villain who can sing Katherine Lee Bates’s America the Beautiful without a single note in key.
OFA has already accused Romney of a felony with regard an SEC filing. Deeply witty. The old rule is: There is so much smoke, there must be fire.
However, we are aware that this scale of smearing this early likely means that the OFA is wandering into believing its own screenplay. My measure is that the OFA emphasizing Romney of the Hole-in-the-Outer-Space-Wall Gang makes him far more edgy than is the discoverable case. Casting POTUS as Daniel Craig (Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Shane) with a badge has its advantages, chiefly it’s romantic and self-involved.
What I most favor is that, in reducing the 2012 contest to a horse/space opera, this means that I have solved the screenplay music selection from now to the Election. Cue “True Grit,” “Silverado,” “Sons of Katie Elder,” “Appaloosa,” “Open Range,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and my new favorites, “Jack Carter” and “Cowboys and Aliens.”