Just in case you had any doubt that this election was basically about the Republicans’ downward class warfare, Mitt RomneyHood has chosen Paul Ryan as his running-mate. You remember Ryan: the author of a budget plan so insanely plutocratic that voters refuse to believe how evil it really is, and so full of magic asterisks and implausible assumptions that it can’t be taken seriously even by the most hawkish of deficit hawks. Every nickel it takes from the poor and middle class it hands back to the rich in tax cuts. That’s why Newt Gingrich dismissed it as “right-wing social engineering.”
By now the attacks on Romney’s business practices and tax secrecy have worn away most of the teflon, and the Democrats can spend the next three months pointing out that Romney would be a complete catastrophe for the middle class. Voters won’t have any problem believing that Mitt Romney is for helping the rich at the expense of everyone else.
And since all but ten Republicans in the House voted for the Ryan plan, this ought to be worth a few House seats as well.