The Oligarchy’s Ideological Enforcer

Mark Cuban was watching CNBC during Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican Convention in Tampa, and was surprised by Larry Kudlow’s criticism of Romney:

Here is the CNBC video where Kudlow made his remarks:

Kudlow’s criticism does indeed appear surprising on the surface, but only if you think of him as a plain old Republican. However, if you think of him as the Oligarchy’s Ideological Enforcer, what Kudlow did makes perfect sense. Mitt Romney didn’t proclaim the glories of more tax cuts for the rich, so Kudlow had to lop off his head.

Even worse from Kudlow’s perspective, that communist bomb-thrower, Paul Ryan, said in his speech:

“With tax fairness and regulatory reform, we’ll put government back on the side of the men and women who create jobs, and the men and women who need jobs.”

Kudlow says that “tax fairness” is a liberal code word for “tax the rich.” And that’s exactly what it says on the website of Americans For Tax Fairness.

Maybe Kudlow is being too harsh, and Romney & Ryan are just moving back toward the center in pursuit of swing voters. But maybe Kudlow’s gut feeling is signaling a clear warning of danger to the oligarchy. Consider this finding from last week’s Pew Research poll:

“The poll found that many Americans believe rich people to be intelligent and hardworking but also greedy and less honest than the average American. Nearly six in 10, or 58 percent, say the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, while 26 percent believe the rich pay their fair share and 8 percent say they pay too much.”

Has the Romney campaign determined that voters are suffering from oligarchy exhaustion?

What is striking though is that Kudlow was kept out of the loop until it was too late; until Romney was officially nominated. If I were an oligarch, I would be worried that my favorite pet political party had gone rogue.

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