One of the reasons political campaigns are so terribly important is because they tell us a lot about a candidate. We know that Newt has an organizational problem. He has done a very poor job of picking someone to run his campaign, to the point where their incompetence, not his, has basically ruined any chance he might have had.
Rick Santorum is like the little engine that could. He is using some crack people, seasoned vets who can be trusted. That was part of Rick Perry’s problem, he was betrayed by people he trusted.
What we are learning in 2012 is that we have a very serious mess on our hands, brought to you, in part (mostly) by the arrogant chattering class of conservative elites who have taken it upon themselves to anoint the individual they deem most electable.
Their short sighted, extreme shallow take on the world, brought in part by a pretty face, an overwhelming desire for power, and abject hatred of Barack Obama, has led to this….
“…Allen summarized a chat between an unnamed Republican senator and ABC’s Jonathan Karl this way: “The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not. ‘We’d get killed,’ the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win the state in which he grew up. ‘He’d be too damaged’ … Santorum? ‘He’d lose 35 states,’ the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich. It would have to be somebody else, the senator said. Who? ‘Jeb Bush.’”…”
In their arrogant, shallow take on the world, they tried to convince us that Mitt was The One. One talk show host even put it as far as Mitt would be the one you’d want to have a Saturday BBQ with. The take was that because Mitt’s family is so perfectly perfect, that no one would be able to resist his apparent charm.
“...On Monday, Murdoch, the guy who went back to England and played the role of addled old man when faced with an inquiry into the ways he had already corrupted the UK’s political system, tweeted: “From distance, Santorum doing great. Values really do count in America, and not sneered at as in parts of Europe. Win Michigan game over.”
He had already done the same twice in January on the eve of the Iowa caucuses. Tweet One: “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”
Tweet Two: Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other.” Can you imagine if David Sarnoff at NBC, William Paley at CBS, or one of the other founding giants of network news had endorsed someone and attempted to sway votes this way — someone who it helped bring into millions of homes in America by giving them a job on their network doing political analysis?…”
If we could have managed to get to this unholy primary season without the pathetic tampering of an increasingly incompetent GOP National Chair, the manipulations of FOX, Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdock, and Karl Rove, maybe Mitt might have played well. But, no matter how hard Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter, and Jennifer Rubin try to package him, people like him less and less.
“...Meanwhile, WaPo blogger Rubin has a long, inflammatory post calling Santorum a “reactionary”—not a term you hear often in the Right Blogosphere these days—for talking about theology and contraception and in general “seeking to obliterate the national consensus on a range of issues beyond gay marriage and abortion.”
Now perhaps these are unrelated developments, and Drudge and Rubin are not acting as surrogates for Romney in this case. But I really doubt either of them would launch this particular type of attack on Santorum if they thought Team Mitt would disapprove. Could be that Romney is rattled enough by the Santorum Surge, and concerned enough about what might happen in MI an AZ next Tuesday, that he’s approved a Second Front designed to undermine support for Rick in those segments of the Republican electorate where loose talk about Satan and “un-Christian” mainline Protestants and contraception really isn’t that welcome….”
The problem, though, is the more people get to see of him, the less they like him.
He’s vicious, arrogant, elite, shallow vacuous, and liberal. When a person is as obsessed as Mitt Romney is with obtaining anything, there is something wrong. The problem is the fact that the powers that be are terribly afraid to mention this. I suspect they are afraid to admit they have made a monumental mistake, ergo the Mike Allen type hedging.
This is a man who gets what he pays for. In doing so, he has turned good men like Tim Pawlenty into nothing but petty little prostitutes, pandering for his money to help them pay off their campaign debts.
“…According to Politic, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, and his family members joined with several Bain Capital officials to assist Mr. Pawlenty in retiring his debt last year, federal records show. Mr. Romney previously ran Bain Capital, and has faced scrutiny in the past months over his dealings with the venture capital firm….”
Then there is Ron Paul who appears to have also sold out to Mitt. I don’t know about you, but if I were a devoted Ron Paul Bot, I would be utterly furious about Ron Paul and his cozy relationship with Mitt.
What have we learned?
- Mitt Romney will spend anything, do anything, say anything to get elected.
If he is doing this to get elected, to what lengths will he go to stay in office if elected. The thought is abjectly chilling, redefining “abuse of power”. If he is willing to buy Tim Pawlenty for his endorsement, what will he do to someone who wants to run against him if he were POTUS?
- Mitt Romney is what they call “Goal Obsessed”.
“…As a result, in our dogged pursuit of our goals we forget our manners. We’re nice to people if they can help us hit our goal. We push them out of the way if they’re not useful to us. Without meaning to, we can become self-absorbed schemers….”
There are some very nasty stories out there about Mitt Romney. The talk show host who said he would be the most likely to hang with the folks at a Saturday BBQ doesn’t know much about Mitt. My sources are telling me he doesn’t like the “little people”, only those of his social set, or those he can use to achieve his goal. He is cold, ruthless, brutal, rude and arrogant. I have also been told there is a main stream article coming out that is going to expose, with sourcing, this behavior.
- Mitt Romney is a very well organized person who appears to chose those around him who are loyal. From what I am hearing, the vast majority of those in the upper ranks of his campaign are from his church. That’s fine, but it isn’t going to look good in a general election or in a White House. People will start asking questions about it.
Ron Paul is a strange duck. In many ways he’s as obsessed as Mitt Romney, only his obsession is on structure. What is truly disturbing to me is that he appears to have made some sort of a compromise with Mitt Romney.
- Ron Paul’s ads always seem to help Mitt Romney.
“….This recurring tag-team is something to keep an eye on — reporters are beginning to take notice that Paul and Romney seem to have a genuine personal rapport and their behavior on the trail and in debates seems to reflect it. While on the margins, it certainly helps Romney to have Paul focusing his fire on his opponents, the real benefit may be later in the primary if Romney falls short of clinching the nomination with a majority of delegates. Paul may not be winning states, but he’ll likely end up with a significant batch of delegates loyal to him that could be used to negotiate a deal….”
- Ron Paul appears to be one of those well organized people. His supporters are True Believers. They’re great – until they no longer believe.
We know that some of Mitt Romney’s online supporters are one in the same with Ron Paul’s professional online supporters. We also know they work the same way, bullying, hacking, and intimidating anyone who gets in their way.
Have they been working together all along?
- Ron Paul has a serious grudge against Newt Gingrich. We know that Mitt Romney, when crossed, does not know where to draw the line. He shoots to kill. Anyone who gets in his way is destroyed, totally, utterly, and completely.
The Mitt Machine is now going after Rick Santorum.
- Mitt’s Mormon Religion is off limits to everyone.
We are NOT allowed to say what we think about Mormonism. The left is on Franklin Graham’s case today because he spoke the truth. Mormons are not Christians. Their theology is not the same as mainstream Christian theology.
“…Several doctrines and practices of the LDS Church are unique within Christianity. For example, the Mormon cosmology and plan of salvation include the doctrines of a pre-mortal life, three degrees of heaven, and exaltation. According to these doctrines every human spirit is a literal child of Heavenly Father, and each has the potential to continue to learn, grow, and progress in the eternities, eventually achieving eternal life (which Latter-day Saints view as distinct from immortality), which is to become one with God in the same way that Jesus Christ is one with the Father, thus allowing the children of God to become humans divine beings or “gods” themselves. Achieving this same status is also referred to as becoming a “joint-heir with Christ.” The process by which this is done is called exaltation, a doctrine which includes the reunification of the mortal family after the resurrection and the ability to have spirit children in the afterlife and inherit a portion of God’s kingdom. To obtain this state of godhood, the church teaches that one must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of his or her sins, strive to keep the commandments faithfully, and participate in a sequence of ceremonial covenants called ordinances, which include baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and celestial marriage…”
Mormon theology is completely different from Christian theology. It is a completely different religion. As a Christian, I’m getting a little sick and tired of the need to pander around Mitt Romney. I don’t care what he believes. He can be an atheist and I’d vote for him if I liked him. But, to slam Rick Santorum for having the courage to stand up for our Christian faith, and damn him for it, they way some are now doing Franklin Graham for having the same courage is wrong.
You can call me a bigot if you want. I’m not. I’m sick and tired of not being allowed to defend what I believe and state that what Mitt Romney believes is not what Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Franklin Graham, and The Pink Flamingo believe.
“…Unlike Nicene Christianity, Latter-day Saints believe that the scriptures teach of multiple types or levels of salvation:
Immortality is explained as a gift freely given to everyone, made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection. The church teaches that “The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form…even as we now are at this time. …This restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame.”
After everyone has been resurrected, all will be judged by Jesus Christ. As part of this judgment, each person is assigned to one of three heavenly kingdoms (sometimes called Degrees of Glory): the Celestial Kingdom, the Terrestrial Kingdom, and the Telestial Kingdom. The kingdom within heaven for which each person has qualified is conditional upon acceptance of, and true faith in, Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind – this is demonstrated through baptism and obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, including repentance.
In order to achieve “eternal life”, the highest quality and happiest of the degrees of salvation, one must enter into the Celestial Kingdom.
Each level of salvation as explained above relies upon Christ’s grace through His infinite atonement, and is conditional upon each person’s eventual acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior from the consequence of sin and spiritual death. Through His physical and spiritual suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, He makes it possible for each person to be made clean from the metaphorical stains of human imperfections, and justifies and sanctifies each righteous person for admission into the glory that they have merited as they come unto Him with “full purpose of heart.”
Outer Darkness is reserved for those people who, after gaining a full knowledge of the Gospel, willfully deny and contend against the Holy Ghost. (Satan and his ⅓ plus those who were born on earth but chose to become sons of perdition.) These individuals who inherit no glory are called sons of perdition. Although resurrected, and thus immortal, they willfully rebelled and rejected the right to salvation….”
You know something? I’m sick of this shit. I am sick and tired of having MY faith being degraded so that we can open our arms wide, sing Kumbyya and welcome Mitt Romney into the fold.
This is what Christians believe:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
This is the the statement of beliefs for ALL Christian denominations. It has been our statement of beliefs since 325AD. It is a creed. It is what we believe. As a Christian, we must believe
The LDS church does not accept the Nicene Creed, which is the basis of faith for all Christians. Neither do they believe John 3:16. To repudiate this, and still say that you are a Christian is fine for them, but it is time we have the courage to stand up for what we believe. If not, we are throwing our Christian faith away by watering it down, in order to accommodate Mitt Romney.
We must water down what we believe in order to ridicule and destroy Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Sorry, I am darn proud of those men for having the courage to stand up for what they believe. The one area in which I respect Mitt Romney is his belief in his church. That is good. BUT – it is NOT the same as the Nicene Christian church.
Today is the first day of Lent. It’s time that Christians sit back and contemplate what we believe and how strongly we will defend it. Conservatives went into over-drive over Obama and the contraceptive mandate, but yet they can’t stand up and defend what they believe.
Vote for Mitt Romney because you support his liberal policies, and his utter failure as a governor. Do not vote for him thinking that he is a Christian. He is not. Do not force a luke-warm version of what he tells you he believes onto me. I’m not accepting it. I’m also going to start speaking out about it.
What truly disgusts me is the way so-called Christians are betraying what they say they believe in order to make Rick Santorum look bad, in order to prop up Mitt Romney’s flailing campaign.
It dawned on me, there is a war on Christians in this country. It’s being conducted by so-called Christians who must destroy one another in order to achieve a political goal. The worst of it is they claim to be Republicans or conservatives – and Christians.
All my life I’ve been told I would one day need to make a painful decision, to stand up for my Christian faith, and put what I hold dear on the line. To stand up for Christ and open myself up to ridicule. That’s fine. I just never thought I would be endangering my reputation by standing up to so-called conservatives and Republicans.
I don’t care anymore. It’s Lent. During Lent, it is a custom to “give up” a practice, habit, something you do, in order to be more contemplative. I just never thought what I would end up giving up may be my reputation – because I am standing up for my faith in Christ.
Rick Santorum is right. We are under a spiritual attack. It’s not coming from the left, from some “evil” atheist, or even Islam. It is coming from so called “Christians” who must destroy anyone who doesn’t march lock-step with Mitt Romney.
Over the years, I’ve always thought that Christians who took a stand on conscience were just pig-headed. I guess I’m joining their ranks. I am sick and tired of watching Christians like Franklin Graham, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich be destroyed, in order to appease Mitt Romney’s obsession.
Right now, I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. I’m more interested in the detrimental effect allowing Mitt Romney to get away with saying that he is a Christian, the same way I am, or Rick Santorum is, or George W. Bush is. By not standing up for out faith, we lose our ability to bring others to Christ.
I guess what also bothers me is that as a Mormon, Mitt Romney is so uncomfortable with what he actually believes that he will say anything to accommodate and pander to people who truly want to understand what he believes. It says a lot about the man. It tells me he is nothing but a shell of a person with no real belief in anything other than his obsession to be POTUS.
I would have a heck of a lot more respect for Romney if he would come out and explain the theological differences between the two faiths. He can’t do that, because he is pandering the so called “Christian” right.
Our faiths are different.
There is nothing wrong with being of a different faith. It doesn’t bother me in the least if people of Romney’s faith say there are different paths to heaven, any more than it bothers me when my dear friend discusses Buddhism. I respect the differences in our faiths. I find the differences fascinating. We all know that Mormons think that what we believe is not “true” Christianity. Why can’t we do the same? Why is doing such a thing religious bigotry?
What is even worse than religious bigotry is what Matt Drudge, Jennifer Rubin, and their little friends have done to Rick Santorum.
They ought to be ashamed of themselves, but by now, we know they have no shame. There is nothing they will not do to prop up Mitt. Nothing, at all.