It seems we are officially between the primary and the general. Just a few things worth mentioning this morning.
Yet another story on how Evangelicals will vote for Romney, but not be enthused. Evangelical petulance or a media desire to create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
It saddens me to read something like this from Catholic circles. It does lend credence to the Evangelical petulance theory. (Evangelicalism is a movement both within and independent from various denominations.) However, I think it is a minority of Evangelicals.
There are lefties that have gone beyond the pale – Maureen Down being the leader of that pack. No longer simply knee jerk, she is so convinced of her correctness that thought is simply not called for any more. E.J. Dionne has typically been a step below that; instinctively and knee-jerk leftie, but there was usually some thought and argument behind his assertions, but he may have crossed the line with this piece:
He would never put it this way, of course, but his approach looks forward by looking backward to the late 19th century, when government let market forces rip and a conservative Supreme Court swept aside almost every effort to write rules for the economic game. This magical capitalism is the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign, and it may prove to be his undoing.
What Romney has going for him is a journalistic presumption that he is either a closet “moderate” or so opportunistic that he is altogether lacking in a coherent worldview. The first is wrong. The second is unfair to Romney. What he believes matters, and it is the biggest obstacle between him and the White House.
[Emphasis added] Folks, that may be the most dishonest ringing of the Mormon bell we have yet to run across. While arguing about “unfettered” capitalism, Dionne manages to utter every religious dog whistle phrase he has heard. It may be a cute literary device, but it is also manipulative, deceptive and most of all ugly. This language was deliberately chosen, make no mistake.
Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.
He excels at two things and two things only: Running up enormous debt with other peoples’ money and raising cash for his own self-serving ends. He is nothing more than an ordinary street hustler in an extraordinary position.
Very plain spoken and very sensible, also quite troubling. Not so much because of who he is, the world has been and always will be full of hustlers, but because we fell for it. But then sometime such things happen. Most important to remember is the old adage, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” Something for those less-than-enthusiastic Evangelicals to think about.