Thursday, June 21, 2012

Still Wondering Why Brian Sandoval Did Not Make Mitt Romney's VP Short List?

Back in March, I told you that Mitt Romney would never be allowed to choose Brian Sandoval as his running mate. That very same day, Sandoval himself acknowledged that reality by indefinitely embracing the very 2009/2011 "sunset tax" deal that so angered Grover Norquist.

Now, we're seeing further confirmation that Sandoval won't land anywhere on Mitt Romney's VP Short List. And again, I told you why all the way back in March.

Funny enough, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) may have President Barack Obama (D) to thank the most for the turnaround in Nevada's gaming and tourism numbers. Thanks to the Recovery Act, the payroll tax cut, the Affordable Care Act, and the expansion of student financial aid, which were all policies President Obama championed and the bulk of G-O-TEA Congresscritters crapped upon, the national economy is improving. And as the national economy continues to improve, more Americans in other parts of the country will have more disposable income available to spend on a Las Vegas vacation.

So strangely enough, Brian Sandoval's good fortune is turning out to be Mitt Romney's bad luck. And both Mittens' campaign and the RNC are still trying to find a way to stop us from noticing the improving economy. [...]

So perhaps Brian Sandoval will ultimately be let off the hook somewhat as The Las Vegas Strip roars back to life... But he can't escape the fact that he at least owes some credit to President Obama and his policies that aided the national economic recovery. So Nevada Republicans shouldn't get too giddy just yet (even as Nevada Democrats try to figure out just how feasible running against Sandoval will be in the next two years).

And surely enough, Mitt Romney's campaign is now chiding swing state GOP Governors for touting economic progress in their states. Oh yes, he went there. Because of course, Romney knows his only chance of winning lies in blaming a bad economy on President Obama. And certainly, the G-O-TEA bloc in Congress is trying its hardest to sabotage the economy to benefit Romney.

However, Brian Sandoval is depending on an improving economy to bolster his argument that "no new taxes are necessary" to balance the budget. Actually, it may still not be enough to stop the AFL-CIO/NSEA corporate margin tax initiative. But then again, that's only the start of further progressive tax reform that progressives want to work on. And ironically enough, Brian Sandoval now has to hope that the economy bounces back and does so strongly enough to quiet the demand for major tax reform here in Nevada.

And funny enough, that's (another reason) why Mitt Romney can't afford to add Brian Sandoval to his G-O-TEA ticket.

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