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With Ryan Speech, Romney Campaign Goes Full Tea Party (MoJo)
David Corn writes that Paul Ryan's fiery and misleading convention speech signaled that the GOP ticket has drunk the Kool-Aid and will make no effort to appeal to voters in the middle who might not feel they're living in a soul-crushing socialist dystopia.
The GOP's tough-love approach, heavy on the tough (WaPo)
E.J. Dionne argues that the vision outlined by Ryan and Chris Christie is the political equivalent of Ryan's P90X work-out: The pain means it's working. Now let's get those puny liberals out of their welfare hammocks so the rich can lie back and relax.
Ann Romney Loves Women, but Mitt Loves Tax Cuts More (Forbes)
NND Editor Bryce Covert writes that despite the GOP's best effort to convince women to support Romney, their platform would shift money from needy households to the rich, whose family planning involves arranging their ancestral portrait gallery just so.
Why the Big Issues Are Missing from the 2012 Race (Naked Capitalism)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Matt Stoller argues that while activists care a lot about elections, political elites care more about securing a steady revenue stream, so the consultants getting rich off the Romney campaign won't shed too many tears if he loses.
The RNC in Tampa: They Didn't Build That (The Nation)
George Zornick notes that given the amount of public financing that went into the conventions, the convention center, and the city of Tampa, the RNC theme of "We Built It" doesn't really hold up unless you have a very loose definition of "we," "built," and "it."
Scott Walker: Radical chic (Salon)
Josh Eidelson writes that the Republican platform embraces a hardcore union-busting agenda ranging from Right-to-Work laws to school vouchers, but it dropped a 2008 plank endorsing the right to collective bargaining, which was obviously a little too radical.
Running Against the City: The GOP Finds Its Demon (TNR)
Lydia DePillis writes that in response to the growing political divide between urban and rural voters, Republicans have come out against "dense housing" and public transit. Wherever few people are and no one can get to, that's where you'll find the GOP.
Economy Still Stuck in Low Gear (NYT)
Nelson Schwartz notes that new government data shows that economic growth remains too weak to combat high unemployment, raising expectations for Friday's Jackson Hole speech in which Ben Bernanke will almost assuredly say something boring.
Poverty: The New Growth Industry in America (HuffPo)
Dean Baker argues that while it's fair to blame welfare reform for America's rapidly increasing poverty, there's also plenty of blame to go around for economic policymakers like Rubin and Greenspan who fumbled the ball and thought they scored a touchdown.
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (Rolling Stone)
Matt Taibbi writes that Romney, the man who rails against taking on debt that other people will have to pay off after making his fortune on doing the very same, never really left the world of private equity. He's just set his sights on a much bigger buyout target.