Originally Posted by seattlelou
I don't see it but I am not known for my political acumen. If the birther vote isn't in secure then Romney loses. Independents are put off by the birther stuff and that's who Romney needs to convince if he is going to have success. Romney wishes Trump would just STFU but Trump loves the attention and doesn't really give a **** what Romney thinks.
I don't see that as mutually exclusive. My last post was responding to, well, George Will (as quoted by anatta). Everything you said about Trump could be true ("Trump loves the attention and doesn't really give a **** what Romney thinks") but he can still be really useful for Romney to good cop/bad cop with, in contradiction of Will ("The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for him because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me.").
The benefits having a Trump around at arm's length are obvious imo: soft-signaling to right-wingers Romney accepts Birtherism and all the accompanying and interrealted right-wing swamp theories, i.e., Glenn Beck's chalkboard, how Obama's Kenyan birth and mysterious foreign leads to >> deathpanels/ACORN BLACK PANTHERS COMIN TO YOUR TOWN/Alinsky/Ayers/socialism/Chinese Muslim Communist overlords as part of the mosaic of acceptable beliefs
. Oh no, of course, Romney doesn't subscribe, but some of his great friends do, and they're great people and wonderful Americans. I think that's the strategy here.