Fusion: the infinite GOP do-over credit card maxing out
With stable fusion power in the hands of an artist, you theoretically have a Philosopher's Stone at your command, capable of using the terrible power on nuclear fusion to transform one element into another. In other words, lead into gold.
In the hand of a monster like, say, Karl Rove, the events of 9/11 were used in a remarkably the same way: using the terrible power of the events of that day, the GOP brain caste took the degenerate elements of the Party of God and transmuted them into an army that truly believed that they were immune to history and causality. That no matter how many times their crackpot ideas blew up in their face, no matter many of their hypocrisies were hung out in the public square, no how many times they lied -- lied big, about really important shit -- and got caught...it didn't matter. They were special. They were chosen. They had their hands on an infinite "Do Over" credit card that would never, ever bottom out.
What you are seeing the in Romney if the dead-ending of that mentality. The lying-with-giddy-"Fuck You"-abandon at the top of the ticket, and the genuine rage and bewilderment on the part of the Base that their "Do Over" credit card doesn't work so good anymore.
The GOP used 9/11 to mutate their already-depraved Base into something new and awful. Come November we'll see if they win or we do.