Suddenly the Media Cares About Religion and Presidential Candidates

September 10, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Mainstream Media, Mitt Romney, Mormon, President Obama, Religion)

Expect the media to thoroughly investigate the Mormon religion and tie Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to its more controversial aspects in the coming months.

David Gregory of Face the Nation started off yesterday with some brief questions.

In a rare appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on a personal issue that has resisted talking about in the past: his religion.

Host David Gregory asked the GOP presidential hopeful what he thought a successful run this fall would mean to Mormons in America.

“I’m sure a number of members of my faith are proud of the fact that someone of my faith and our faith is able to run for president,” Romney said. “My own reaction is, I’ve got so many challenges ahead of me, I don’t think so much about the impact this has on the church day to day, but more about what kind of impact I want to have on the electorate and what it takes to become elected president.”

Romney emphasized the importance of the ethical foundations his religion had taught him.

In 2008, the media failed to ask a similar question of Barack Obama.  A question along the lines of, “What do you think a successful run this fall would mean to your pastor Jeremiah Wright”?

As a public service reminder (because that’s what we do), here is a little smattering of the President’s religion and pastor which was all but ignored as he ran for office.

If the mainstream media wants to analyze religion, it should be done so for each of the candidates.  Wright was Obama’s spiritual mentor for over twenty years, so please, let’s discuss start talking about this.
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Busted: Obama Campaign Releases ‘Republican Women For Obama’ Video, Featuring Long-Time Democrats

August 27, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Blacks, Coded Messages, Delia Ciano, Maria Ciano, Martin O'Malley, Mitt Romney, Mormon, President Obama, Rachel Maddow, Racism, Republican Women For Obama, Whites)

Recently, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley accused the Republican presidential ticket of sending out coded messages and making up “totally false ads“.  The intent was to paint the Romney campaign as trying to create lies about the President, and by extension sending out racial messages.

So when the Obama campaign creates a “totally false ad”, the Democrat ticket must also be sending out coded racial messages, correct?

Well, the Obama campaign has been caught in a doozy of a lie (I just wanted to say the word ‘doozy’).

They’ve released this video called “Republican Women for Obama”, which tries to convince viewers that they are interviewing several women who are Republicans, but are somehow so appalled by Mitt Romney’s stance on women’s issues, that they’ve switched sides to support President Obama.

Problem being, at least two of the women featured in the ad are hardcore Democrats, and have been for some time – pre-dating the Obama election in 2008.
The folks over at Powerline report:

At least one of the women who pose as “Republican women for Obama” is a long-time Democrat.

Her name is Maria Ciano, and BuzzFeed finds that she has been a registered Democrat in Colorado at least since 2006.

A little detective work on Facebook reveals that Ciano isn’t just your middle-of-the-road Democrat.  Here are a list of some of her Facebook likes…

* Democracy For America

* Tar Sands Action

* Amy Goodman

* Barack Obama

* Costoftaxcuts.com

* Being Liberal

* MoveOn.org

* Bernie Sanders Tells You A Secret the GOP Would Rather You Didn’t Know

* Miss Piggy Delivers the Best Takedown of Fox News We’ve Seen All Month

* Think Progress

* The Best Quote From Barack Obama We’ve Seen This Week

* Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America’s Heartland

* Climate Reality

* Grist.org

* The Amazing Victory Scored With Obama That More People Should Be Talking About

* The Sierra Club

* The Buffett Rule

* Obama For America–Colorado

* UniteWomen.org

* Denver Young Democrats

* Obamacare

* Latinos For Obama

* Michelle Obama

* Veterans For Obama

* I Love It When I Wake Up In the Morning and Obama Is President

* Obama Truth Team

* Democratic Party

Wait, here comes the best part.  A second woman in the video is Ms. Ciano’s mother, a huge Rachel Maddow fan who likes to refer to Republicans as “idiots”.   Worse, she may actually have involvement with the Obama campaign itself:

Ms. Ciano’s Facebook page also reveals that she was part of a small group that met with Michelle Obama when Mrs. Obama was in Colorado on August 11, presumably indicating that she has some stature in the Obama campaign.

So obviously, neither Maria Ciano nor her mother Delia is a “Republican woman” who is crossing over or changing her mind to vote for Obama. How about the others in the ad?

The people on Team Obama need to stop with their incessant whining about ads that feature alleged falsehoods, when they are constantly being rated as liars by fact-checking organizations, have accused Mitt Romney of being a felon who killed a man’s wife, and are consistently caught making stories up at nearly every turn.

What’s more, they call the other side’s alleged falsehoods ‘coded language’ designed for dog-whistle racism.  If lying about your opponent is racist, then the Obama camp has a lot of explaining to do as to why they hate white Mormons.

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Montana Governor Calls Montanans White, Racist Rednecks

August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm (Brian Schweitzer, Democrat, Governor Schweitzer, Mitt Romney, Montana, Mormon, Ohio, Ohio Democratic Party, Polygamy)

Worse, he traveled to Ohio to rip on his own constituents.  Perhaps he’s under the impression those rednecks will never be able to ‘Google this on the tubes’.

Via Watchdog.org:

Just the other day, Politico said Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s rhetorical prowess is a valuable asset and a dangerous liability for his future political ambitions.

Case in point: Less than two weeks ago, Schweitzer delivered the keynote address at the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual dinner. In the speech, he told a gripping tale of his grandmother immigrating to the United States to start a new life.

Riveting.

In the same address, Schweitzer dipped into darker rhetoric to blast Caucasian Montanans as racist toward American Indians…

“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

The governor delivered the program to sway the minds and hearts of Treasure State youngsters. “So, I decided, I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck,” Schweitzer said.

Schweitzer has already been diagnosed with a prior case of diarrhea of the mouth, stating that Mitt Romney couldn’t win over Latino voters because his family “came from a polygamy commune in Mexico”.

Classy fella’.  Good thing he’s not a white, racist redneck from Monta … er … nevermind.

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Video – For Those Who’ve Always Wanted to See Mitt Romney Rap

March 20, 2012 at 10:36 am (2012 Election, Conservative, Dog, Eminem, GOP, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Newt Gingrich, Please Stand Up, President Obama, Republican, Rick Santorum, Roof)

And we know there are many of you clamoring for such video…

While we’re aware that this was produced by an Obama supporter (h/t Ben), we simply had no choice but to share the video with you.  Any time you can produce something that involves Mitt Romney singing Eminem’s Please Stand Up, then you’ve done something rather epic.  This is, hands down, the single best video of the campaign season.

And now, without further ado, will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?  Via The Margins of Error

My dog is on the roof.  My dog is on the roof.

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Mitt Wins, Newt Flails in Nevada

February 5, 2012 at 9:03 am (Florida, GOP, Mitt Romney, Money, Mormon, Nevada, Newt Gingrich, President Obama, Primary, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul)

Mitt Romney has now won two states in a row, the first time we’ve seen that during the GOP primaries.  It appears Gingrich will come in second, followed by Paul and then Santorum.

Via CNN:

Declaring victory in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, Mitt Romney again turned away from his GOP rivals and toward President Barack Obama.

CNN projected that Mitt Romney will win the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses based on results and entrance polling.

With 43% of the vote in, Romney held about 43% of the vote while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 25% and Rep. Ron Paul had 19%. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who had largely bypassed the state, had 12% of the vote. Those numbers were gathered from vote counters at caucus sites across the state and the state’s Republican Party.

Romney thanked supporters at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, telling them that, “This isn’t the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, but this time I’m going to take it to the White House,” alluding to his win in Nevada in 2008.

While it is no surprise that Romney has done well in Florida and Nevada, it is a surprise that the former Speaker of the House keeps getting baited into petty squabbling every time he seems to be making a move.  Newt is flailing right now, and he needs to stop blaming everybody and everything for his losses – including Mormons and money this time.

Hey, it’s one thing for bloggers to speculate the reasons for Gingrich’s loss in Nevada (I had mentioned previously that Nevada has a heavy Mormon population), but it’s another for Newt to analyze it in this manner.  It shows an immaturity in his campaigning – surprising for a man in the political game for most of his life – and it shows voters how he would act toward adversity in the Presidential campaign, or even as President.

At one point, Newt complained about being outspent by Romney at a rate of 5-1, and then turned around and said Romney would struggle in the general election because he’d be unable to outspend Obama at that rate.

Look within, Newt.  By that reasoning, if you can’t beat Romney because of his money, then you have even less of a chance going up against Obama.

The Other McCain writes:

Gingrich is neither helping himself nor hurting Romney with these attacks, and Romney is ignoring Newt the nuisance: “In three campaign appearances Friday, Romney did not even mention Newt Gingrich.” 

He is also dead on in this analysis:

Every candidate believes he is best qualified to defeat Obama, or else he wouldn’t be running. There are surely Republicans out there who believe that the GOP lost its best chance to beat Obama when Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry dropped out. But public doomsaying by candidates during the primary campaign is best avoided.

Gingrich has surged every time he has focused his attacks either on Obama, or Obama’s cohorts in the liberal media.  But it is disconcerting to see that Gingrich is so easily led off message every time he faces adversity.

There’s something to be said for looking Presidential.  And right now, Mitt fits the role.

Photo credit – AP via ABC News

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