Thursday, December 06, 2007

Romney: No JFK?

by shamanic

Dammit, I missed Romney's speech. From the coverage I've seen in the blogosphere and briefly stomaching some CNN, I get the feeling that the speech wasn't really intended for me, but rather for Christian evangelicals who need to be persuaded to back a Mormon.

Did you see it? Is that what it was about?

Update By Cernig

Here's the transcript.

Basically, it's pure GOP pap. Here's the big throwout to the base:
"The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God' and in God, we do indeed trust."

But Jonah Goldberg (!) points to two major problems:

1) It's all about the Peoples of The Book - nada about Hindus, or Budhists, or agnostics. Is it still OK to be a pagan American or a non-believing American in Romney's vision? Probably, but he doesn't say and that was a glaring gap.

2)It would have been a great speech (from a Republican point of view) had he already won the nomination. But there wasn't a whole lot in there about why he should get the nomination in the first place. Sure, a President shouldn't be judged on his faith - but at the moment he's only contesting for the GOP's nomination and Republicans have every right to apply a religious litmus test if they want to for their own party's nominee. He may not have overcome that wish mong many members of the evangelical base.

For the first time ever, I agree with Jonah. He must really dislike Romney.

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