An embarrassment to his tradition

I have a distant cousin with nearly the same name.  Generally the “fame” is relative and minimal, but sometimes it becomes amusing as during the last week or so when he’s been active in the media, saying some very good things with which I largely agree.  Of course, since our names are similar I also get both kudos and criticisms intended for him.  Makes me wonder if he got any hate mail for times I’ve been quoted in the media, or had things I’ve written show up on Time or on MSNBC.

At any rate, here’s the bottom line, and the areas in which Gregory A. Prince was right on track.

Coming down to the wire we see the Romney campaign becoming more and more desperate, more and more unhinged.  We also, though not by the campaigns design, been exposed to a plutocratic, social Darwinist attitude in the candidate that makes him, if anything, even less likable than previously thought.  It’s a problem, a real problem.

To this end a different Greg Prince – a distant cousin – wrote a scathing review in the Huffington Post, which was later picked up and expanded upon by Senator Harry Reid.

When the news of Mitt Romney’s Florida video broke on Monday evening, I was incensed — but not for its political implications. His arrogant and out-of-hand dismissal of half the population of this country struck me at a visceral level, for it sullied the religion that he and I share — the religion for which five generations of my ancestry have lived and sacrificed, the religion whose official mantra is “to take care of the poor and needy throughout the world.” My first impulse was to rent an airplane towing a banner: “Mitt Romney is Not the Face of Mormonism!”

Unlike my cousin, I have never been a supporter of Multiple Choice Mitt.  I might have supported him in the ninties when he was running for Senate against Ted Kennedy – and attacking him from the left.  But since then he’s gone so far off the deep end nobody knows what his beliefs are any more, that is if he has beliefs other than that he should be president.

But Romney’s confusion is typical of what we find on the religious right, and within the larger LDS community he and Harry Reid share. The prosperity gospel has combined with the nastiest form of Randian social Darwinism writ large.

And Jesus wept.


All she wrote?

It’s looking as though Multiple Choice Mitt is nearing the end of the chase.  I stand corrected, I’d have never guessed a year ago that he could be the frontrunner. But given the state of the competition…  The not Mitts simply never came together, and even after the Christianist enclave last weekend in Texas, the partisans for Gingrich and Santorum still can’t get it together.

Interestingly, Romney seems to be coming up with his own google problem.  In honor of the family dog Seamus, to Romney means…well, follow the link.


Someone get the popcorn

A frothy surprise has come out of Iowa.  Rick Santorum appears to have essentially tied for first in the first in the nation Iowa GOP Caucus.   Senator Frothy is neck and neck with Multiple Choice Mitt, having flipped for top all night.  At this point, with 99% reporting, Romney leads by one vote according to CNN.  It’s that close.

Jim Carville is right, they just don’t want to vote for Romney.

There is one screaming, huge story here tonight and that is these Republicans just don’t want to vote for Mitt Romney. I mean it’s like you’re trying to give a dog a pill. They keep spitting it up. Now, they’re going to eat the pill, ’cause Romney’s going to eventually be the nominee, but…

And it’s the same thing he had before and he’s got a weaker field. It just don’t matter where he comes in, they don’t want to vote for him.

Perhaps he overstates the case a bit, but Romney just doesn’t resonate with the base.  Or anyone else really.  He’s a boring John Kerry on the wrong side of the issues.

I used to think Romney would never be the nominee, I am rethinking this.  Not that the GOP suddenly likes him, but who else is there?  Santorum is the latest not Mitt, but he won’t have any staying power outside of a few places, like Iowa, where the GOP base is even crazier than normal.

But the GOP typically nominates the next guy in line, and this year it’s Romney.  That said, Gingrich isn’t going away yet, and Romney led the charge knocking him out of first place in Iowa, not to mention the national polls.  He’s quick on his feet and a good debater.  And while he isn’t likely to get the nomination, his sights are targeting Mitt right now.  It will be fun to watch.

And they’re off

Curiously enough, “off” can have multiple meanings.  And it does given this go around with the clown car that is the 2012 GOP Primary.

So what will it be?  Will Rick Santorum‘s frothy churn across Iowa finally bear fruit?  Will Romney prove you can indeed fool some of the people all of the time?  Will Ron Paul actually win something outside his own district?

Time will tell.

And it doesn’t matter.  The GOP gives the nomination to the next guy in line.  And this time, it’s Multiple Choice Mitt.  Not because he’s who they want, but because he’s the only one there who isn’t batshit insane.  Other than Huntsman, who simply isn’t going to get any traction this go around.