Hey, I got reblogged for once! Sure it’s been by Conservative bloggers, but hey a reblog is a reblog. And yes, please continue with your nuanced and well-thought out responses.
Look, the Gov. didn’t have to release them (and yes, he released a couple of years, but not nearly as many as any other candidate in recent memory)- it was his choice. I’m just surprised that the Obama camp and the news media, which according to you guys is in Obama’s pocket, let it become a non-issue.
I have begun a number of drafts and even a few completed essays (if you want to call them that) on this and related issues, but have not been happy with any of them as a whole. So here is my final attempt, made up of several unfinished essays of my “I’m a Left-leaning Mormon and I’m voting for Obama despite being Mormon and having issues with Obama.”
This is a unique situation for me, and perhaps that uniqueness requires far too much context. I am a Mormon. Romney and I share the same religion. However, we are culturally different. While we both went to BYU and served missions, and both wear those garments you are all so fascinated with (sorry to disappoint you but they aren’t magic. Rather they are outward expressions and reminders of promises I have made with God that are made sacred through my keeping those promises, not because of any inherent power) the similarities end after that .
One of the difficulties I have engaging with Mormon studies is that far too often it assumes a shared inner-mountain (ie. Utah ie. White) culture as Mormonism, at times superseding topics of religious concern. I felt far more at home as a Mormon in inner-city Washington D.C. than I did in Utah. Moving from suburban Portland to Salt Lake City was a bigger culture shock than moving from Brooklyn to Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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Dwelling on the possibility that a company tangentially related to the Romney family may tamper with their own product distracts from the very real and far more insidious ways that conservatives are trying to manipulate the election. For starters, the Republican National Committee and state-level Republican parties hired a voter registration firm that is openly fabricating and even destroying voter registration forms. Though the Republican Party has attempted to cut ties with this firm, its operatives are still hard at work on its behalf. Besides these operations, Tea Party group True the Vote plans to dispatch hundreds of volunteer poll watchers whose only role is to try to discredit voters before they cast their ballots. Some local classes have been caught instructing these volunteers to challenge legal voters. If they could simply flip a switch on a machine to negate a voter’s choice, there would be no reason to push voter ID laws, purge voter rolls, disseminate misleading information, or threaten to fire employees if they don’t vote for Romney.
The rigged machines myth is not only distracting, but harms the effort to get out the vote. Conservative groups have been promoting vote suppression tactics for a reason: votes count. In Ohio, for instance, despite the Republican Party’s best efforts to restrict early voting hours, voter turnout is on pace to surpass 2008, with Obama leading among people who have already voted. Spreading the myth that the system is so corrupt that these votes don’t matter tells voters they may as well sit out the election.
Romney is well known to have served as both a Mormon bishop and a stake president from 1981 to 1994. The latter position is comparable to a Catholic bishop. Among his many religious duties, he would have spent hundreds of hours privately interviewing other Mormons about their worthiness to perform sacred Mormon rituals. And none of them would he have deemed worthy if they had smoked.
So, at the same time Mitt served as a Mormon stake president and the spiritual leader of the Boston Mormon flock of over 4,000 parishioners, he was making himself filthy rich promoting smoking and helping to ruin the health of millions of people, according to a 9,000 word October 9 article on Huffington Post by Zach Carter and Jason Cherkis drawing from the University of California at San Francisco’s essential library of Legacy Tobacco Documents.
Over 30 Minutes of Mitt Romney Flip Flops.
I have no idea why the Obama campaign has not done to Romney what Bush did to Kerry in ‘04 and they really don’t have to do anything but press play.
An instance of voting for ideology over self interest at work.
I haven’t been this struck by a contrast since the College Republicans started giving away free pizza.
Fun fact: Oklahoma actually has more registered Dems than Republicans (somehow), yet is the reddest state in the US (at least in terms of those who voted for Obama last election).
Prince could have given us a bit more here.
Also in that poll: With regard to VP selections, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and, surprisingly, Jeb Bush would all help Romney’s chances against Obama. Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Marco Rubio would all hurt Romney. Also, contrary to popular belief, placing Rubio on the ticket would not substantially help Romney’s standing amongst Hispanic voters—their approval of his candidacy jumps only three points when Rubio is added at the bottom of the ticket. Who would have thought it takes more than tokenism to win votes?