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Chan Lowe: Romney under Republican attack


It appears that the Republican primary comedy warm-up act is finally drawing to a close, and the party is reverting to its usual modus operandi, to wit: The nomination is going to the man who ran the last time and lost. Unlike Democrats, who send their fallen warriors off into the wilderness to be forgotten (see Dukakis, Michael), Republicans believe in crowning he who waits his turn, and awarding him a second or third chance.

Some disgruntled also-rans, however, have failed to get the message. A couple of them, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, have gone so far as to accuse the Heir Apparent of being too ruthless a businessman, as if there were something unseemly about that in the eyes of anybody but a liberal, or a communist (a redundancy to this crowd).

While Perry has retired his “vulture capitalist” line (probably the cleverest thing he or his speechwriters came up with in his entire campaign), and Newt has drawn in his claws after a slap from GOP pooh-bahs, it tells you that the Occupy movement was not all for naught. At the time, we scratched our heads about what the occupiers really stood for, but now we know. It was all about raising the nation’s consciousness to the inequities of opportunity, in a land where we’re all supposed to have an equal shot (at least, in our commonly-held mythology).

Evidently, this message even resonates among rank-and-file Republicans, or Newt and Rick wouldn’t have attacked Mitt for being nothing more than a sterling example of what the party purportedly extols.

There’s a term for this: thought crime. The GOP will not tolerate it, under any circumstances. The comedy act, while enormously entertaining for a while, is about to get the hook.

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Once again, the Greedy Opportunistic Party has to answer what appear to be two contradictory demands: do they want someone who will hew to the extremist line, or do they want someone who can win in November? These two objectives may be impossible to satisfy simultaneously. They have to realize that the way they want the world to be and the way it really is are--or at least can be--two vastly different things.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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