Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Three Million Evangelicals"

Gingrich's political director in Iowa, Craig Bergman (who, by the way worked on Ron Paul's 2008 campaign), was fired recently for making this statement during a focus group, according to the Iowa Republican:
A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just for the opportunity to expose the cult of Mormon.  There’s a thousand pastors ready to do that.

The Polk County (IA) GOP Chair, Dave Funk, believes Obama would lose to Romney in the general election, but that Romney, as the nominee, could not bring out "three million evangelicals to vote in every school board and local election."  In other words, it looks like evangelicals are more interested in continuing their dominance of the Republican Party than in the White House.  Pretty smart, actually.  They may not voice it out loud, but somewhere they realize that Obama has a very strong chance of being re-elected, even with the economic realities we face, because the field of GOP candidates is so pathetic and feeble.  Better to focus on down-ticket and local contests to create the grass-roots foundation that can steer a national movement.  In four years, when Obama's leadership will have, in their view, completely derailed the United States' role in the world (as if that never happened during the Bush/Cheney regime), an electable evangelical Republican who sat it out this time around can swoop in, capture the national spotlight, make mince meat out of the Democratic field (which at this point looks very weak indeed), and capture the White House.  Once again, they can try to enact the radical, fundamentalist, theocratic vision they carry to turn the US into a bible-thumping, Stepford nation of religious fanatics fixated not really on governance, but on ushering in their precious end-times.  And that is not nearly the same kind of brain-washing as that Kenyan anti-colonialist Muslim socialist Nazi wanted to do with his "re-education camps."

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