World Net Daily in not a source we generally examine on this blog. But I think we have to in this instance – it’s an article entitled, “Did Romney’s faith cost him 2012 election?“ The article is a “review” of a book. The review is a “WND Exclusive” and one notes when one checks the Amazon listing of the book that WND is the publisher. And now you have your first reason why WND is a generally ignored source ’round these parts. The second reason is that is this “review” is accurate in its recounting of the narrative of the book, the book is a waste of money – you can read it all on this blog for free.
The book looks almost exclusively at press coverage of the issue of Romney’s faith. The was virtually none in the general election and in the primary, once Robert Jeffress did his thing, is was more or less a dead issue in the press as well. Amazon reports the book at 250 pages. I’m guessing there is some pretty large print involved. Either that or they spend an enormous amount of time examine the stupid and highly repetitive coverage of Mormonism generally that ran in local papers across the nation through out the cycle.
What little analysis is present in the “review” is about as unsophisticated as things can get. It is a straightforward examination of religious bias and repeats the tired “Romney was not Mormon enough” canard. Little is said, at least in the “review,” about 2008 and one cannot understand Romney’s handling of the issue in 2012 without a deep understanding of what transpired in 2008. The book cites academics in a couple of instances, but it does not cite campaign insiders, political professionals, or anyone that was anything other than a distant observer. Based on the “review” this book is just to simple.
I’m certainly not going to read this book, nor will I suggest that any of our readers do. And I am undoubtedly going to be accused of condemnation without understanding because I have not read the book. But one must assume that a publisher-produced “review” of a book is accurate in its depiction of the book and based on this review I do have a comment to make.
This strikes me as little more than an attempt to publish an apologia for Evangelical tepidness during 2012 and a Pilate-like washing of the hands with regard to Obama’s already highly discreditable second term. If the thesis of the book is indeed, as the “review” suggests, that Romney’s faith issue was that “Romney was not Mormon enough,” I can conclude nothing but excuse making. One must remember that in 2008 Romney was pilloried for his Mormon faith and was subjected to countless inquiries on the theology, and in some cases practice (think about the controversy surrounding some of the ordinances), of that faith when they had no bearing on the election at all. Inquiries that should have been quickly disposed of ended up consuming the candidate and his team, keeping them from addressing the very important issues that nation faced and that Obama’s administration has deeply exacerbated.
Let’s face it. There is a deeply distrustful streak about Mormonism inside Evangelicalism. That’s bias, plain and simple. In 2008 Romney was pounded on about his religion endlessly, so he chose to deflect all such talk in 2012. But that did not make the distrust go away, just the press coverage. And now the
biased, er distrustful, seeing what their distrust hath wrought, feel compelled somehow justify the fact that they found the enthusiasm to vote for conservative propositions, but not the conservative presidential candidate. Their chosen justification is blame shifting. They did not trust Romney because he did not talk about his faith enough?! Please, had he done so they would not have trusted him because “Mormonism is weird.” Such is the very definition of bias and bigotry.
And now I think we can go back to safely ignoring World Net Daily.
Lowell adds . . .
Part of the problem with the book John is addressing is that Jerome Corsi is the author. All I really know about Corsi is his body of work, which includes 3.1 “Unfit for Command,” about John Kerry as 2004 candidate; “The Obama Nation;” “Black Gold Stranglehold;” “Atomic Iran,” and “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” From Wikipedia:
According to Corsi, “A video clip widely circulated on the Internet shows a test that pulverized an F-4 fighter on impact with a hardened target, providing evidence to answer 9/11 skeptics who question why so little identifiable airplane debris remained after the hijacked American Airlines Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon.” Audio and a Youtube video were circulated, especially among those questioning Corsi’s credibility, of Corsi’s January 29, 2008 interview on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show. In the interview Corsi discusses “the findings of Steven Jones, physicist and hero of the ’9/11 Truth’ movement who claims to have evidence that the World Trade Center towers collapsed due to explosives inside the building, not just the planes hitting them, during the attacks.” Corsi cites Jones’ findings of microscopic forensic evidence which seemingly negates the U.S. government hypothesis that the aircraft’s jet fuel fired heat, alone, was sufficiently hot enough to collapse the steel superstructure of the buildings.
(Footnotes omitted.) No, Wikipedia is not a scholarly source. But you get the idea.
By the way, I want non-Mormons to stop telling us that Romney was “not Mormon enough.” I’m not going to be telling John whether he is being sufficiently Presbyterian, or telling my Catholic friends whether they are Catholic enough. I recognize that I have no idea what I am talking about in those regards.
That’s the end of tonight’s rant.
(Yes, I am back. Other than occasional Twitter posts, I have found writing about politics repulsive since last November. For whatever reason, I feel like wading around in the surf a little now. Maybe I’ll get out into the open water before too long.)