Vote for Us or We’ll Shut You Down

I’m surprised that Mitt Romney never heard the expression, “Living well is the best revenge.” Maybe when you’re born rich and just get richer you never enjoy the satisfaction of surprising your critics by doing better than you were ‘supposed’ to. Poor Mr. Romney, deprived of this character-building experience.

But the terror of all the excluded people rising up with vengeance in their eyes and–gods forbid–voting, has moved the Republican party to a steady effort to make it more difficult to exercise this right of citizenship.

And when the other party wins, they can always use the speed-bump strategy…

“You know that if the president were to be reelected he would not be able to work with Congress, you know there would be more gridlock… the president just can’t work with Congress, he’s proven that time and time again,” he said. “We can do it, I’ve done it before. We’re going to work in Washington to help the people.”

Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said Romney has never worked across the aisle.

“Despite his claims in the final days of this race, Romney refused to work with Democrats as governor. And throughout this campaign, he has shown himself to be too weak to stand up to the far-right wing of the Republican Party – whether it’s Grover Norquist, Richard Mourdock, or the architects of Republican obstruction in Congress,” Smith said.

Romney went further in an afternoon Iowa appearance, warning that the partisan gridlock that’s gripped Washington the last two years will lead to more fights over the debt ceiling if Obama is reelected.

“There’ll be a shutdown of government or a default. Can you imagine four more years of that?” he said.

So, is that a threat to pull another Newt Gingrich government shutdown?

The level of anger in this election season makes me grateful that so far, we are expressing ourselves with the ballot, not the bullet. This election, the most constructive way that any American can express their views is to vote.

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