Politics

Mitt knocks on door of Christian Right

October 16, 2007

For Bush, the Christian Right was his power base that delivered votes in 2000 and 2004. The vote is up for grabs in 2008. The NY Times reports on Mitt Romney’s efforts to win their support.

He has invoked the Rev. Rick Warren, a popular evangelical author and megachurch pastor. He has quoted Scripture and alluded to the Gideon Bible as favorite late-night reading. And he has cited his belief in Jesus Christ as his personal “savior.”

As Mitt Romney has had to grapple with suspicions about his Mormon religion during his presidential run, he has tried in various ways to signal his kinship with evangelical Christians, who represent a crucial constituency of the Republican base but consider his religious beliefs to be heretical.

Read: Gingerly, Romney Seeks Ties to Christian Right

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  • Rack October 23, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Thought I’d comment on Steve K’s
    post 5. Keep on dreaming! There’s
    a better chance that the ultra-left
    will finally desert the Democratic
    party and set up the Socialist Party.
    That’s my dream. It would be great
    to have back my old party, the one
    for the working man and women of
    this country and not every socialist
    program that comes along.

  • Ross Calloway October 21, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    My plan to win the war, if I were Commander In Chief, is to kill the enemy wherever they are until they either give up or are all visiting 70 virgins. 300 lb virgins with mustaches.

  • justbarb October 20, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    RC #13: The US is already a socialist state. Look at the billions taxpayers cough up to subsidize oil companies and other corporations (socialized business), DOD contracts to carry on these phony wars (socialized military) and all those worthless social programs like schools, roads, hospitals, rich guy Hummers (+ gas), TV commercials for Viagra and on and on. I bet you get some kind of subsidy yourself, don’t you? I think you should start refusing that Social Security check and all that Medicare stuff too.
    I’d like to see us win this war too. Do you have a plan for that or are you just one of these Democrats that whine and whine and never come up with a solution to anything? Let’s hear your plan.
    You are right that we should only keep the politicians who have not been bought. That would put George Bush and Jeff Miller at the front of the GO NOW line, and all the others close behind. THEY’VE ALL BEEN BOUGHT, pal! That’s the problem.
    JC #15: I’ve got proof! Dick Cheney gave the opening prayer at some breakfast a while back. He’s quite real. Scary, isn’t it.

  • Jason C. October 19, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Who needs Jedi powers when you have the One Ring?

  • JC October 19, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    justbarb said: “Hey the devil can recite Jesus.”

    Comforting to know that imaginary, mythical characters can recite lines allegedly attributed to each other!

    I bet Frodo can quote Yoda, too, but that doesn’t make him a Jedi!

  • Rack October 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Amen Ross. Romney is a rino. He’s
    conservative to gain office and a
    liberal in office. Take a look at
    his record as governor of that
    bastion of liberals, home of Barney and Teddy, the great state of
    Massachusetts.

  • Ross Calloway October 19, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Yes, many need to go. The ones that need to go are the ones h e l l bent on losing the war. The ones who prefer the U.S. to be a socialist state also need to go.

    We need politicians that will do what they think their constituents want instead of the agenda of the people that they take money from. The ones who have been bought are the ones that need to go.

  • justbarb October 18, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Ditto to RC and JC; so do you agree that virtually no one in office today is up to the task of governing, and that virtually all should be given the boot?
    Frankly I do not see much hope in the current batch of candidates either.
    I really do hate being so cynical, but it is unwise to ignore reality.

  • Ross Calloway October 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Ditto to Jason C on the irrelevance of religion in choosing a president or anyone for elected office. With one exception, if you’re electing a priest or imam or rabbi, then religion is relevant.

    The 2008 election is about a president and the administration that will be created as a result of choosing that president.

    The very notion of inquiring into someones religious beliefs as any sort of qualification for president is preposterous because it is also unconstitutional.

    We, and that includes candidates, are free to practice or not practice any religion we want. We believe that so strongly that we insist the government may not have any say whatsoever in any matter regarding religion. Like, what part of NO don’t people get?

    It should not matter, although in reality, it does. Listening to all the Christian talk and Mormon talk, you’d think we were discussing lepers.

    Besides that, these people who are so afraid of someones religion reveal their ignorance in how our government operates. I include them in the ‘one-issue voter’ category. Because like all one-issue voters, they cast their vote as though they were electing a king or dictator who will personally either DO or NOT DO whatever it is that has their shorts in a bind. The thought process goes like this, Oh, he believes X, or he is a (enter name of religion), so I’m not voting for him. OK, or her. As if the president makes laws. He can suggest whatever he wants, but he doesn’t make them. These one-issue voters show disrespect for their fellow citizens, and the lawmakers that they elected. The president’s only constitutional responsibility is to protect us. Everything else happens on Capitol Hill.

    Bottom line, I don’t care if the candidate is a witch. What matters is whether he is up for the job of protecting me without making the country bankrupt. Or more bankrupt if that’s possible.

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