As Donald Rumsfeld kind of said a couple years ago: "You go to Election Day with the candidate you have — not the candidate you might want or wish to have at a later time."
For the most part, conservatives have made their piece with Mitt Romney. Some of them have even learned to say not-awful things about him about without violently retching on camera. But — in that same way that four years ago, there was still a contingent of Democrats who thought somehow Hillary Clinton might get the nomination despite rules and math and logic — some Republicans just cannot, or will not, get on board with Romney.
A group called "Jews and Christians Together," which backed Rick Santorum in the Republican primary, is sending a memo to Republican National Convention delegates urging them not to vote for Mitt Romney at the convention, even if they're bound to him.
The nine-page memo casts Romney's nomination in the direst terms. A press release from the group reads: " 'DUMP ROMNEY' contends that no delegates are actually 'bound' by law or GOP rules to vote for Romney and that, to win the White House and toss-up Senate seats, delegates must exercise their right to 'conscientiously abstain' from Romney on the crucial first ballot, aiming for a stronger ticket leader in subsequent convention voting rounds."
Okay, this stuff is kind of to be expected in national politics. But still, there's something in that name "Jews and Christians Together" that sends up a red flag for me. I wonder if there's anything more to unpack here, besides the normal fretting over a weak candidate…
[I]t's a brainchild of Steve Baldwin, the former chief of the Council for National Policy, a low-profile, well-connected conservative group. Baldwin said the memo was sent out to 20,000 people in politics in media, as well as RNC delegates.
"We’re just saying that Romney has so many liabilities that will be exploited by Obama," Baldwin said in a phone interview. "I don’t have a problems with Mormons personally, but it is a liability issue" among evangelical voters," Baldwin said.
Argh! That Obama! Making Romney's religion an exploitable issue eventually maybe. How could he maybe possibly do that potentially at some point down the road?! It just makes me so angry.
You know, I wouldn't put it past Obama to write a memo about this and send it out to tens of thousands of conservative voters in an effort to exploit this "liability." Ugh!
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Tags: Mitt Romney, Mormon, Primaries, Religion, Republican National Convention, Republicans
Ever see that picture that looks like a young woman with her head turned and an old, witchy lady? That feeling of illusion is what many people who were angered by Ann Romney's "you people" comment felt after reading this article and ABC's statement, that claim that she actually didn't say what everybody thinks she said.
I watched this video yesterday having been told she said it, and heard "you" multiple times. Then I watched it after being told she didn't say it, and couldn't say I did. This is the sort of thing science can't explain, like magnets and why puppy breath smells like the laughter of children.
Regardless, there's no argument Romney said all the other things in this interview that left viewers scratching their heads. Example: Does a candidate who refuses show us his tax returns look like a man who wants to hide something? Shortest answer? Yes.
Mitt Romney's estimated 2011 tax liability: 3.2 million dollars.
Ann Romney's face at the 1:13-1:16 mark: Priceless.
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Tags: Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Taxes
Earlier today Ann Romney appeared on the ignoble boob tube, on which we commoners suckle, to talk to Good Morning America. After Robin Roberts asked her about her husband's undisclosed tax returns, Romney replied…
"We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation…"
Taken out of context it sounds exactly like what it sounded like in context, which is that Ann Romney calls everyone who doesn't own a Rafalca "you people." But her "Let them eat tax breaks!" moment didn't end there…
"You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years."
That's nice, but the Mormon church requires its followers to tithe 10 percent of their income every year. And while it was righteous of Romney to let Massachusetts keep his salary for four years, the approximately $600,000 he would have earned is a mere .3 percent of his net worth.
Look, if a homeless guy tried to give me a quarter he found on the ground, I probably* wouldn't take it either.
* Unless I needed money for the meter.
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Tags: Ann Romney, Massachusetts, Mormon, Taxes