The biggest news from yesterday was not “the confrontation,” (more in a moment) nor the BBC report, (again, more in a moment) it’s not even that Romney is very likely to have three more primary victories by the end of the day, it’s this:
In a move that shows Republicans are coalescing around the party’s front-runner, Mitt Romney plans to begin raising money jointly with the Republican National Committee this week as both the candidate and the GOP brace for an expensive general-election fight against President Barack Obama.
The RNC has left the sideline! There is no clearer sign short of the convention and actual nomination that the primary is over.
But apparently Ron Paul has not gotten the message, or at least not his Wisconsin supporters:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was confronted at a town hall meeting here Monday by a young man who read from a book of scripture published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and asked Romney whether he agreed with his church’s one-time belief that interracial marriage was a sin.
The questioner is reported as, “Bret Hatch, 28, a local supporter of Rep. Ron Paul’s,” but given the nature of the question he might as well have been from Camp Obama. There are two things that make this worthy of note. The first is that the particular doctrine cited – one having to do with race. That is the issue the left is going to pick on over and over and over again in the general. That truly makes me wonder if Mr. Hatch’s bona fides as a Ron Paul supporter were checked out.
The other thing that makes this worthy of note is the spin. David Brody (who has video BTW) gets all “I told you so…it’s not to late” in his tone. If that is the stance that Evangelicals are going to take when Obama comes after Romney on religion we really do have a problem. The other interesting thing was the MSM spin a bit later:
Romney declines to discuss religion on eve of Wisconsin primary polls show he’s favored to win
The story is not that Romney was asked about religion, but that he refused to discuss it. That’s interesting on several levels. It makes Romney appear evasive on both religion, and race. He is not evasive – the END of that piece says:
“This gentleman wanted to talk about the doctrines of my religion. I’ll talk about the practices of my faith,” Romney said, noting that his service as a pastor helped him connect with people on “a very personal basis.”
In an election the candidate is “on trial,” not his/her religion. That’s what Romney is saying here, “You want to talk about who I am and how my faith makes me live, fair game, but I am not here to teach you about Mormonism.” While I know there was some stuff written about “Cain’s curse” back in the civil rights days, I don’t even think avowed racist George Wallace ever had it read to him from the Bible. But of course, back then, there was not a man of color holding the Oval Office.
Finally, the BBC did a Mormon hatch job over the weekend. Joanna Brooks, with whom I agree on little, actually did a pretty good job refuting this bit of British slime. The Brits have a long standing tradition of this kind of hit journalism. We are supposed to be better in the US. If this thing hits our airwaves, it will lower the bar for American journalism considerably. What this is, is the same as this, and effort to make money off the race for POTUS.
Unless something shocking happens, we will probably not post on the returns until tomorrow morning.