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Republican Primaries: A Case Study in Modern Politics

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By Ben Cohen: Mitt Romney continues to rack up endorsements in the never ending Republican primary, getting recent boosts from party stalwarts like George H Bush, Paul Ryan, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Romney will most likely take Wisconsin today, adding to his already substantial delegate lead over nearest rival Rick Santorum. The Obama administration has started firing shots at Romney signalling they too know the result is a foregone conclusion.

The primaries really have been a showcase for the nature of modern politics. It has been a relentless image based advertising battle between brands over candidates, catch phrases over policies, and hair cuts over ability.

There has been an overwhelming negativity that has pervaded the process largely because Romney, the frontrunner, is so uninspiring. His personal wealth, cookie cutter Presidential looks, and complete surrender to corporate interests made him an absolute sure bet for nominee, and sadly, it's turning out as predicted.

Mitt Romney will say anything to anyone in order to get elected. He has changed his position on every topic conceivable, embarrassed himself with some of the most pathetic pandering seen in recently history, spent an insane amount of money on his campaign, and put America's foreign relations at risk in order to appeal to the extreme Right in his party.

Who knows what Romney is like in his personal life. He could be an extremely kind and intelligent person, but in order to become President, he has he has submitted himself to one of the most degrading processes known to mankind. Romney has literally erased his personality (if he ever had one) in order to conform to the increasing bizarre concept of what an ideal Presidential candidate should be.

In short, Romney epitomizes that ideal - a bland, sociopathic robot who will function as a rubber stamp for every corporate interest responsible for paying his campaign bills. The Republican Party is lining up behind him because he has a vague chance of beating Obama in the general (provided they can compete with Obama's fund raising abilities), and for no other reason than that.

It's uninspiring, incredibly depressing, and sadly a perfect case study in what is left of the political process.

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