I am out of pocket next week traveling for both business and pleasure, so here is your regular serving of stuff. I’ll be in Washington D.C. and I will do my best not to get any on me.
Oh Calm Down…
A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is. You probably imagine that you’re starring in “The Birth of a Nation,” but you’re actually just extras in a remake of “Citizen Kane.”
I mean that literally. As Politico recently pointed out, every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News.
Sound the straw man alert! Here’s the list of names:
- Sarah Palin
- Newt Gingrich
- Mike Huckabee
- Rick Santorum
Who’s missing? Well, Tim Pawlenty…Mitch Daniels…John Thune amongst the players known to have the goods right now, and then there is Mike Pence, who seems to be pulling the goods together in a big hurry. It must be remembered that people often run for president for reasons other than wanting to be president. If you are looking for a way to tell the serious possibilities from the not-so-serious possibilities, I might suggest you compare these two lists and draw your own conclusions.
What’s really happening here is one of the left’s leading mouthpieces trying to demonize a right-leaning mouthpiece. As the monopoly crumbles, you can count on the monopolistic to cry foul. Said Jonah Goldberg:
The clear meaning of this sentence, and the column, is “Har, har you stupid mouth-breathing Republican dupes, you thought you were mounting a racial revival for the white man but instead you’re simply pawns of the ruling class.”
The Battle Over “Romneycare”
First of all, it’s not “Romneycare.” What Romney proposed and what was passed are VERY different. Nonetheless it figures to be a huge issue in the months to come. Ramesh Ponnuru, no Romney fan, comments on Jonathon Chait’s piece on it and says:
I never liked his Massachusetts health-care plan and said so at the time, but it didn’t render him unacceptable to me. He wasn’t running on a federal version of that plan, which would have rendered him unacceptable in my eyes.
He still isn’t. So what’s changed? Only the political context, which is to say: everything.
Long time readers will remember that I am was no fan of Mass. healthcare. It is the single issue that kept me from declaring full strength for Romney for a very long time though I never had Ponnuru’s level of distaste for Romney. I do agree with Ramesh on this though – it’s going to be a hot potato for Romney. Allahpundit defends against similar charges from Politico:
Conservatives are forever vigilant for shows of weakness among presidents (or would-be presidents)…
Which we pointed out before. Romney needs to find a way to “make this right,” but apologize? Never.
The LDS and Homosexuality
I’m betting in order to make sure that the “apology” of a few days ago is not misunderstood, LDS Elder Boyd Packer made a statement on homosexuality. Apparently his sentiments are “hateful” – not attached to reality – possibly responsible for some suicides.
Needless to say, some want to make it a hot potato for Mitt Romney:
Potential presidential candidate Mitt Romney sidestepped the question of whether people were born gay, on the heels of strong statements by a leader of his LDS faith that same-sex attraction is “impure and unnatural.”
“I still consider myself in the public arena, and as such I just don’t delve into matters of faith and my religion and doctrines of my church, whether it’s to try to explain it to other people or ascribe my own personal beliefs,” Romney said Tuesday during a visit to Salt Lake City in which he expressed his support for Gov. Gary Herbert.
OK, here’s a classic gotcha. Had Romney agreed with Packer, he would have been smeared with his faith. By choosing not to comment he will be accused of being “wishy-washy” or “flip-flopping” or some other less than genuine insinuation. In fact, all the man is doing is trying to maintain the public good in an era when we base policy on the will of the nation, not the pronouncements of any one, or coalition of religious groups. Now if that coalition can convince enough of the American people to agree with them….
Speaking of Mormon “Gotchas”…
So, Romney endorsed a candidate in “jello belt” Idaho and it’s about his faith?! Even when Mormons run the political spectrum? Even when the very left-leaning Mormon is willing to play “Mormon victim?“ (Ok – all lefties like to play victim.)
This is starting to get silly, but it is also why religion does not play well politically. It is a different animal and in America it is diverse enough not to be a useful demographic category. But it does not end there…
…Glenn Beck and The White Horse Prophecy!?
Yeeeeep – the lefties are batting that idea around. But then any “journalism” containing the f-word as a part of normal discourse cannot be taken seriously. Here is a more reasonable tell of the story. Lowell and several of our more astute commenters have done the specious nature of the White Horse prophecy here before so we will not belabor that one.
Rather we will point out what can come of this story line. For one, lefties presume it will make Mormons look silly – just like they think creedal Christians that believe in the Second Coming are silly. We’ll see what they think next time Jesus shows up. Secondly, by emphasizing this they hope to make Beck’s efforts sectarian rather than about the civil religion – that will divide the “religious right” and could derail the effort.
I have no idea what Beck is up to, other than trying to get ratings, and I am not particularly a fan. But I am really tired of the left finding a religious bogeyman under ever action by a person that claims faith of some sort. (Except, of course for Muslims that want to build monuments, er…community centers, on the site of their greatest “victory.”)
David Brody seems to like Mike Pence. Sometime though I thnk we need to quit looking for someone better and just make what we have the best.
Sarah Palin makes an important point. Just remember, lower priorities do not indicate lower importance, just differences in urgency.
Pawlenty acts serious. See the first section above and take note.
Everybody on the left was talking about Romney changing his url shortner as if it were a silly move or something. Made sense to me – I don’t want to put any money in Libya’s pocket.
The Tea Party and Religon
They are saying that there is big overlap between the two. I think the polling results are just proof that the Tea Party is an enormously fired up conservative base. These are not new faces, but old ones with renewed energy.
Interesting Stuff on Religion and Poltics
If we are going to defend marriage, we probably should go all in. I’ve had this argument in church personally.
In Canada, apparently, religion is the enemy of multiculturalism instead of the other way around. I think the northern border may represent the entrace to the Twilight Zone.
Wait! This sounds vaguely familiar.
OK. Off to see the wizard.