Mitt Romney signed a deal with the devilishly grinning, hard right swinging, John Birch singing, completely out of touch Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, but he got what he wanted, a narrow five point or less decision in the Badger State. How hard did Mitt veer to the right? Hard enough to scare enough grandmas, students and hard-working Americans to cross him off their list of possible level-headed and reasonable people they might consider to be President.
But what would you expect Mitt to do in the land that gave us the John Birch Society? While most of us see Wisconsin as a bright beacon of hope and opportunity, the Republican Party sees it through the ghostly eyes of an extremist ideology that rails against flouride and sees Communists in their drinking water. Mitt had no choice. The chameleon in him had to change a deeper shade of crazy, he had to swerve way right, it’s in his nature. Romney won the Wisconsin Republican primary, but in the process, he gave away any chance of appealling to the rest of America.