Or is there a method to his madness?
I believe his apparent revolt against 3 of the main tenets of modern republicanism, delivered on the night Romney gave his acceptance speech, speak to a longer-term goal.
In other words, not rogue at all. My thinking below along with a link to the Politico story where he makes these surprising revelations.
Why would David Koch give an on the record interview, on the night of Romney’s acceptance speech, that goes counter to 3 major Republican talking points?
In a politico interview, in response to the fact that Romney opposes gay marriage, he opined:
“Well, I disagree with that.”
He went on to say that defense spending cuts were necessary, and even then taxes would likely have to be raised to reduce the budget deficit.
“I think it’s essential to be able to achieve spending reductions and maybe it’s going to require some tax increases. We got to come close to balancing the budget; otherwise, we’re in a terrible deep problem.”
Read more in this Politico story.
So, What’s Going On?
I believe he’s leading the effort to focus their resources on 2016. In my mind, if Romney wins now, then they’re either stuck with him in 2016 or face fighting another incumbent, and worse, one from their own party!
Obama’s a known quantity, and even from the Republican perspective he’s done a reasonable job of keeping the country on a steady, even keel.
So, I think their plan is passively allow Obama to win re-election while also trying to make gains in congress. If they do that, then, in 2016, there are no incumbents!
And also, if Romney/Ryan loses, then the tea party loses as well, and I’m sure sane republicans would like to get rid of them.
I dunno, how else to explain his comments?
And note again, he made these comments (or at least the interview was published) on the very same night that Romney gave his acceptance speech.
I’m just a casual political junkie, but that seems like a major diss of Romney.
Oh, and I live in the middle of Kansas, in a purplish town, and I saw 2 Obama stickers on my bike ride today 🙂