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  • The Unofficial Biography of Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's website is, as a Mormon would say, pretty swell. But the other day I noticed that Romney's official campaign bio has several glaring omissions. As a Romney completist (I own all the Romney 2012 bobbleheads, buttons, beer coozies and limited-edition stemware) I decided to take a stab at writing a more thorough history of Mitt.


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    Tags: Ann Romney, George Romney, Health Care, Indecision Delegates, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney
  • Americans Still Just as Prejudiced Against Mormons as 45 Years Ago

    Mormon Temple, UtahIn 1844, the first-ever Mormon presidential candidate was besieged by an angry mob in the Carthage, Illinois jail in which he was being held prisoner and shot several times before falling out of a window and having his limp body propped up against a well and executed by an ersatz firing squad.

    Since then, Americans' views of Mormon candidates have improved, but not by all that much

    Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967.

    The exact percentage of Americans who resist the idea of voting for a Mormon has varied slightly over the eight times Gallup has asked the question, typically when a Mormon was running for president, including George Romney (1968 campaign), Orrin Hatch (2000 campaign), and Mitt Romney (2008 and 2012 campaigns). The percentage opposed to a Mormon president has averaged 19% since 1967 — from a low of 17% at several points to a high of 24% in 2007. The current 18% is down from 22% a year ago.

    Well, if nothing else, at least we get points for consistency.

    Think about that! Nearly one-in-five Americans — 56 million people, the equivalent of the combined populations of California and New York — happily admit that they would discriminate against a person, based solely upon his or her personal lifestyle choices. Personally, I find that mind-boggling and embarrassing. And I'm sure the Mormon Church would agree with me.

    Not least of all Mitt Romney.

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    Tags: Christianity, George Romney, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Orrin Hatch, Polls, Religion
  • Mitt Romney Will Not Apologize for His Silver Spoon

    Mitt RomneyYesterday, President Obama informed a crowd of Ohio voters that he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in [his] mouth," saying that everybody should receive the same chances that he received, so that they may also (presumably) make similar concessions to Wall Street puppet masters and corporate lobbyists for the privilege of acquiring their own silver spoons.

    It is also, however, a not-so-subtle jab at Mitt Romney, who was born rich. And then grew up rich. And then continued to be rich, and will be rich until the day he dies, at which point he will go on to rule over a planet, which will almost certainly be rich in silver spoon resources.

    Romney responds

    "I'm certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life," Romney said. "He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn't have a college degree and one of the things he wanted to do was provide for me and for my brother and sisters. I'm not going to apologize for my dad's success. But I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans. He's always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad."

    So, is this the most indignant statement of pretty-much total agreement we've heard in a while?

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    Tags: Barack Obama, George Romney, Mitt Romney, Money
  • The Hidden Political Joke from Last Night's "Game of Thrones"

    Everyone online keeps going on and on about that  little dig at Mitt Romney's father — then-governor of Michigan and soon-to-be failed presidential candidate — from last night's episode of Mad Men

    Character Henry Francis, a Republican political aide who had worked for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in previous seasons, is shown fielding a request for his new boss — strongly hinted to be New York City Mayor John Lindsay — to travel to Michigan to appear with then-Gov. George Romney.

    "Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan. Because Romney's a clown and I don’t want him standing next to him," Francis responds.

    …but why is nobody talking about the political dig that was embedded in last night's season premiere episode of Game of Thrones? Come on, don't tell me you didn't catch it either?

    Okay, remember that part where all the characters have a medieval sensibility and live in a world full of extreme xenophobia and fear of the unknown and are all governed by genuine belief in the supernatural and superstition?

    Seems like a pretty obvious reference to the modern day conservative movement to me.

    Tags: Game of Thrones, George Romney, Mad Men, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Television
  • Tweet Untweet: Last Night's Mad Men Reference

    Tags: George Romney, Mad Men, Tweet Untweet, Twitter