Things are desperate in Obamaland. No seriously. I know, I know, the polls and the pundits are telling us its over, Romney has no chance, etc. Then I look around and realize that such is just another measure of their desperation. If all that stuff were true, they would not have to resort to the kinds of stuff I am about to document here.
Consider this report from the Daily Beast, which cites Buzzfeed:
A new chain email that is not officially endorsed by the church calls for Mormons to fast on Sept. 30 and is circulating among the faithful in Utah, California, Nevada, and Colorado. The author (whose name is redacted) hopes that by forgoing food and water for 24 hours, participants will bring special blessings to the Romney campaign…
Given the vagaries of sourcing there one cannot be entirely sure of the accuracy of the report, but let’s take it at face value, and hold onto it for a second while we examine this report from the fashion section of New York Magazine:
We can all agree that the black leather outfit Ann Romney wore on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night was the closest to risqué she’s ever come. But according to a chat forum titled “Why didn’t Ann wear her garments … ?” on a website called MormonDiscussions.com, some members of the LDS church are concerned that she might not be wearing “garments,” a kind of underwear worn by most adult Mormons.
Do realize what this means? This means that these big publishing operations are monitoring chain email streams and Mormon chat boards looking for excuses to make Mormon cracks. Now come on, in all honesty, if this thing were “over” would they bother? Don’t get balled up in the content, it’s trivial and unimportant- just consider that someone had to do the research and an editor had to decide to publish this stuff. They feel like they are far enough back on the ropes that they need to bother with this stuff. This looks like a huge sign of weakness to me.
The classic of this genre was on Hannity on Fox last night. I have searched the internet for the video and just have not found it. I do not have the technology to get it, nor the time to transcribe the segment, so forgive me if a merely describe it. During the third segment of the show Hannity brought up Harry Reid’s whale belly low statements about Romney’s Mormonism. Hannity then said that if Reid could go there, he could do Jeremiah Wright and tried to proceed in that direction in a discussion with Ralph Reed and Leslie Marshall.
Hannity opened with Marshall, who tried to veer off Wright with some First Amendment babble and attacks Reed, before he had spoken, by explaining why she is an ex-Christian. She tries to quote Ghandhi who said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Her quotation is imprecise, but close enough. Hannity moves in and cuts her off before it gets uglier and tries to return to the subject in a conversation with Reed, who says essentially the Wright has already been tried in the court of public opinion and then falls into some standard campaign chatter.
Hannity then moves on to try and pin down Marshall on Wright and she keeps trying to deflect and dodge. Finally she says “You really want to know what I think?” and then turns to Reed, cites the end of Revelation and practically the closing words of the Bible, Rev 22:18-19, “ I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (NAS) Again, her quotation is imprecise, but close enough. It is clear she is going to accuse Reed of hypocrisy for backing a Mormon in light of that quotation and the Book of Mormon when Hannity cuts them both off to go to break.
Look, Marshall’s quotations and implications from them are laughable on their face. I could sit here and take up a lot of our collective time breaking them down, but they are not worth it. The Revelation quote is about Revelation, not the Bible (It’s a collection of books, not a book unto itself.) in its entirety and as to Ghandhi, well, Christian hero G.K. Chesterton said pretty much the same thing. (“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and not tried.”) Just look at how she absolutely positively refuses to address the topic or answer direct questions and how the more she is pressed to do so she simply resorts to a religious version of name-calling. Name-calling is always a sure sign of desperation.
So desperate are the forces defending Obama that they will go to these extreme lengths to take the Mormon shot, which they think will help them. There are only two ways the Mormon shot works. One is to divide the Republican base by splitting off Mormon-objecting Evangelicals. Well, if Mormon-bashing Evangelical Robert Jeffress now says that avenue is dead, it’s dead. The other way the Mormon shot works is “weird.” Well, that may resonate to some extent in the leftie echo chamber, but not out here in the real world. Too many people know a Mormon personally to think they are that weird. And those that don’t know a Mormon certainly know people of deep religious conviction of some sort and don’t find them “weird” – so it just has no play except with those ardently opposed to faith, and there are not enough of them to matter.
But when you have nothing but blanks, you are going to shoot the blanks in hopes of scaring off the enemy. But even that only works as long as the opposition does not figure out you are firing blanks. Too late, we know they are blanks.
Things are desperate in Obamaland. They are liable to try louder blanks before this is over, but they will still be blanks. They have no real ammo, you know like a record of governance over the last several years, so they have no choice.