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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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