So the Christian right thought that they had their lady in Michelle Bachman — she said all the right things as far as they were concerned. But to the broad public she seemed, shall we say, a little misinformed and even a little nutty?
Well if the AP story I just read is on the mark, it appears that some of these evangelicals are pragmatic. It seems as if they are beginning to realize that no one potential (actually potential) presidential candidate is going to be perfect for them, so now they are leaning towards or at least open to giving Mitt Romney a chance — and that even when some of their flock are still calling his Mormon religion a “cult”. It seems as if the pocketbook is taking center stage and in this bad economy they appreciate that Romney has already-demonstrated business skills (he amassed a fortune firing people and shipping jobs overseas as I understand it — nothing personal, just business) .
I shouldn’t interject this thought here, but oh well: While I do not know much about the evangelical movement, the ones I see on TV often seem to worship money as much or more than God. So it does not surprise me that what they perceive as good for their pocketbooks might hold sway over the very values they preach. Of course they see the current president as the Anti-Christ (I’m not sure why, although I have a hunch).
While I am relatively sure Romney will never see my blog, I have this advice or tip for him: when you go before the evangelicals Mitt, don’t come riding in on a bicycle dressed in a white shirt and tie and handing out the Book of Mormon — just smile and say you believe in Jesus Christ.
But, whatever, it does seem to be finally shaping up as Romney’s time (he’s been at it long enough), or even his turn — the GOP likes to take turns running for president.
While I am not personally ready to jump on the Romney bandwagon, the thought just occurred to me that since Romney is so malleable (willing to take either side of an issue), he might be just the man to eventually after being elected forge some kind of compromise between the extreme political elements (or between the Democrats and Republicans) in order to come up with a coherent fiscal policy (as well as social policy) that will send a clear signal to business so they can get on with business in this country.
I’m talking good old-fashioned middle of the road here.
For once I agree with the evangelicals — you can’t have it all.
I have neither become a Republican nor a Romney supporter– I’m just saying.
And by the way, that AP story I referred to at the top of the post is at:
What the candidates say about foreign policy may be (or not) key — and I understand there is a rift in the GOP or at least not a clear consensus. Seeing as how both the GOP and Democrats seem to handle foreign policy in similar fashion once in the presidency, I will be interested to see if anyone has anything new to offer and whether I believe them. Obama played the peace card but turned out to relish military power it seems. Okay, that last line may be unfair. I think that once a president assumes office he finds himself stuck to the tar baby of war as Lyndon Johnson did so long ago. If you continue, it is a losing proposition and if you quit you will be guilty of the shame of surrender. And that last sentence may be the only worthwhile one I have written in this post.