Just to conclude the “humor” discussion, and emailer reminded us and this blog post tells the story of Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior’s resignation over a religiously/racially tinged joke.
Secretary of Agriculture James Watt, working for President Ronald Reagan, made the following quip about “diversity”:
“I have a black, a woman, two Jews, and a cripple. And we have talent.”
The press went apoplectic.
Watt resigned in disgrace within weeks as a veritable firestorm erupted around him.
Funny, a liberal does it, we document it, we point out it is in poor taste, etc. But there it ends. A conservative does it and heads have to roll. Who’s tolerant again?
And with that question in mind – even the very liberal Huffington Post has nasty Mormon comment problems. But then, they are just generally nasty.
Just Bits and Pieces…
This blog post at “Mormon Bloggers” has been getting some play in some circles in the last few days. The “flip-flop” charge towards Romney is, at this point, yesterday’s news. But this has gotten a little traction because it is written by a Mormon. That fact leads me to conclude that our contention that the flip-flop charge has traction at all is because it plays into the “Mormons lie” meme is validated; otherwise, it would not make a difference if the post was written by a Martian.
James Dobson is endorsing candidates. This is something he was loathe to do when he was with Focus on the Family. IS this story a sign of new times for America’s leading Evangelical?
If Bob Jones University was really that “iconic,” the endorsement of Romney would have mattered more than it did.
Important history lessons from:
Sullivan’s animus towards Palin is based on her placement of her religion at the forefront of her life and his placing his homosexuality in front of his faith.
Lowell adds . . .
The big problem many conservatives have with Mitt Romney is that they simply don’t think he’s conservative enough. For them that’s where the flip-flopper charge comes from. (And, I freely concede, the Governor has a lot of explaining to do about that Massachusetts healthcare bill. I think he has a good story to tell there, but it’s full of nuance and hard to tell in a quick soundbite.) I have two “buts” to add, however.
1. But some of the “flip-flop” criticism is just over the top and smacks of political dynamiting by arch-conservatives with a hidden agenda. For example, we keep seeing the canard that Romney is somehow against the Boy Scouts generally, especially on sexual orientation issues, a claim thoroughly debunked here. And yet some people keep bringing that idea up. It’s very close to the gutter-based whisper campaigns we have all seen against other candidates about marital infidelity and similar scurrilous tales. Like I said, political dynamiting by pros who know exactly what they are doing.
2. But as we have noted here many times, the flip-flopper charge is just too convenient for people who oppose him because he is a Mormon. “Oh, I have no problem with his religion; some of my best friends are Mormons. It’s just that he keeps changing his positions . . . and did you know he is in favor of gay Scoutmasters?” We’ll keep seeing this rubbish for some time, but if Romney gets the GOP nomination my guess is that it will fade away.