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Mitt Romney Will Not Be Dissuaded

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While the future of the Evangelical movement and the GOP both hang in the balance, famously anti-fag Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney‘s mulling the possibility of a presidential run in 2008.

Bleck.

Why “bleck”? Because, if you don’t recall, Romney cultivates the standard Evangelical homophobia. Despite his state’s progressive stance on gay-marriage, Romney spoke out against the homos during Focus on the Family’s recent “Liberty Sunday”. He preached:

Here in Massachusetts, activist judges struck a blow to the foundation of civilization – the family… marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children… Every child deserves a mother and a father.

And every bigot politician deserves a shot at the presidency, right?

In the aforementioned meetings, Romney’s apparently asking for advice on how to successfully reconcile his political aspirations with his religious beliefs. The Boston Globe reports:

The meetings have touched on several themes, participants say, but two topics being discussed are Romney’s religious beliefs and how he should address his faith as the campaign progresses.

Given the Haggard situation, Romney want to wait until after next week’s elections to have any more meetings.

(As an aside, in our previous post on Romney, we inquired as to where a name like “Mitt” originates. A reader named Ryan – whom, we must say, consistently posts great comments – informed us that Mitt’s real name is Willard. Sure, it’s not great, but definitely cuter than Mitt. But, then again, neither’s so cute when attached to that man.)

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Nov 3, 2006
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  • 9 Comments
    • BC McKinney
      BC McKinney

      Mitt has a problem. He’s a Mormon. Evangelical Christians don’t consider Mormons to be cobelievers because of the LDS additions to the Christian canon, and are deeply suspicious of Mormons in general. But Mitt needs their support to run for Presidenty, at least to get throught the Republican primaries. Now, Mormons don’t much care for homos anyway, but the real reason for his public posturing is to convince the people whose support is critical to him that he’s a sound guy even if he is a member of what they consider a whacko cult.

      Nov 3, 2006 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jed
      Jed

      Ryan’s report is only partially correct. Mitt Romney’s full name is Willard Mitt Romney. Check him out back in ’94 when he ran against Ted Kennedy. He favored legalizing same sex unions and choice. BC McKinney may be right, Romney’s “anti-fag” (your label, not mine) posturing may only be, well, posturing to curry favor with the Christian right. Time will tell.

      Jed

      Nov 3, 2006 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lug Nutmegger
      Lug Nutmegger

      Just a quik retort; opposing same-sex marriage does not necessarily mean an individual is anti-gay, homophobic or a bigot.

      You might actually want to take the time to review Mitt’s total record prior to making blanket statements regarding his “homophobia and bigotry”.

      Sure he is opposed to same-sex marriage, most Americans are. That said Mitt has been vocal in his support of ensuring same-sex couples receive the same benefits as… ummm…not same-sex couples (except the marriage part). I suppose it would be great if everyone jumped on the Gay bandwagon and opened hearts and minds but that is not going to happen tomorrow, I predict 2046. Baby steps my friends, baby steps.

      Why does everybody want to get married so bad anyway? I’m married and frankly it is not that great. It is just like living with someone except now it costs more to move out, 50% of your retirement account is no longer yours, your money becomes “our money”, and the simple act of purchasing a sofa becomes a 3-week ordeal over whether to get solid or stripes.

      Either way, take it easy on Mitt will ya?

      Lug, out

      Nov 3, 2006 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Lug, the simple fact that you are married says it all. You say it’s “not that great” yet you’re still married. So how about you get divorced since you don’t like it. Huh? You don’t wanna. Just because you don’t think it’s great doesn’t mean that gay people should not get married, ok.

      Secondly, many (not all) that don’t support gay marriage hate gay people, don’t consider them humans, and don’t consider them equals.

      Nov 3, 2006 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lug Nutmegger
      Lug Nutmegger

      Kevin,

      I can understand why you would take the marriage comments I made a little more seriously than they were intended. The comments were not sexual-orientation specific and naturally I was jesting when I wrote the passages in an effort to lighten things up at the end of my post. However, I wrote them from a “capable to marry” standpoint and can see how it might not be amusing to people who are currently in the “cannot marry” category.

      In regards to divorce, I probably would but I thought I made it abundantly clear I cannot afford to get a divorce.

      Some hate, but I love baby, yeah!

      Have a good weekend!

      Lug, out

      Nov 3, 2006 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • myclob
      myclob

      “You have asked for my perspectives on the recent inauguration of same sex marriage in my state. This is a subject about which people have tender emotions in part because it touches individual lives. It also has been misused by some as a means to promote intolerance and prejudice. This is a time when we must fight hate and bigotry, when we must root out prejudice, when we must learn to accept people who are different from one another. Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians.”
      Governor Mitt Romney, 06-22-2004 Press Release

      Nov 3, 2006 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bobby
      Bobby

      Bigotry usually stems from ingorance and misunderstanding.

      Myclob’s attached qoute would enlighten readers that the bigger bigot is the writer of the post.

      Good post myclob

      Nov 8, 2006 at 10:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Las Vegas Reader
      Las Vegas Reader

      You’re confusing disagreement with hate. I personally disagree with homosexual relationships, based on the fact that it is unnatural. While religious, I don’t support my beliefs with “God said so.” It is simply not a good argument and it annoys me that those who share my viewpoint often rely on it. I believe it is wrong because we were given sex organs to procreate, which gay people can’t do. But I digress. I seriously doubt that Romney hates gay people because there is no reason to hate. But the man has strong ideals and he stands by them. Regardless of what you believe, you have to respect that in a person. But to name-call (i.e. calling him a bigot) shows that you are the person that it militant, not him. That guy who showed up at Matt Shephard’s funeral, he’s a bigot. Mitt Romney is a politician and a good one in my opinion. He could change his stance and could have gotten more votes in a liberal state, but he’s honest enough that he can’t lie to himself or his constituents.

      Nov 11, 2006 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Elton
      Elton

      In Unintentionally Broadcast Remarks, Congresswoman Sherri Davis (R-CA) Calls Mitt Romney a “Peter Pan Panderer” and a “Ludicrous Larry”

      2006-11-25 21:38:00 – Kyra Phillips incident is unintentionally reprised as conservative legislator mocks her Republican colleague on camera for “trying to play the gay card twice”

      New York, NY (USNEWS) November 26, 2006 — In an apparently unintentional reprise of CNN reporter Kyra Phillips’ highly publicized on-air bathroom remarks broadcast live on CNN earlier this year, Congresswoman Sherri Davis, R-CA, was caught on tape today in the bathrooms of “The Colbert Report” calling Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney a “Peter Pan panderer” who has become “obsessed with homosexuality — and not in a good way.”

      Davis, known as the “Ann Coulter of Anaheim” for her fierce opposition to flag-burning and illegal immigrants and her unyielding support of the American family, made the remarks in response to news that Romney had filed a lawsuit Friday asking his state’s highest court to order the Massachusetts state legislature to vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage or to place it on the 2008 ballot if lawmakers do not take up the provision.

      Davis apparently thought her mike had not yet been turned on as she and “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert shared a mirror in the studio’s unisex bathroom prior to her scheduled interview. Colbert’s top-ranked “The Colbert Report” is a frequent stopping-off point for Republican policymakers passing through New York.

      In her extremely candid remarks, Davis labeled Romney a “Ludicrous Larry” for asking his state’s “activist judges” to help him “play the gay card twice.”

      “The Republican play book says it’s okay to play the gay card once, and in fact we encourage it,” said Davis, a fiscal conservative who chairs the House Entertainment Committee. “But to attempt to play the gay card twice in the same state is a recipe for disaster. I mean, look what just happened in Ohio — the whole state, right down the toilet.”

      For Romney to be asking the state’s activist judges to force the issue onto the state ballot creates the impression that Romney has an “unhealthy obsession with homosexuality — and not in a good way,” said Davis in her controversial remarks, adding that he risks being labeled a “Peter Pan Panderer” and a “Ludicrous Larry.”

      “Look, I’m not opposed to pandering, far from it,” said Davis in a version of the tape viewed by many reporters. “But the key to successful pandering is that you must be pandering to someone who actually cares.”

      In the tape, Davis went on to suggest that Romney is pandering to “Big Momma Checkbook” — an apparent reference to the wealthy out-of-state campaign contributors that Romney must woo to fund his presidential ambitions — and that it would be “much more useful if Mitt would tell us how to end the war in Iraq instead of beating up on the gays time after time.”

      Davis told Colbert in the tape that her own California district, composed mainly of exurban ranchland, does not have any gays in it, and so she herself has never had to play “the gay card.” She was re-elected this fall by a slim but substantial majority.

      Caught by reporters outside of Finkleman’s later in the day, Davis apologized to Romney for her private remarks, calling them “inappropriate.” But she did have some advice to offer Romney.

      “Mitt might consider getting behind some of my ‘signature’ legislative packages and adopting them for his own state,” Davis told reporters with her trademark grin. “They’re a sure-fire way to win an election.”

      Davis’ “signature” legislative packages include the Mandatory Portion Control Act (MPCA), aimed at curbing America’s growing obesity problem; “Project SATYR,” a program designed to capitalize on the current “scrapbooking craze” to increase youth reading levels through major tax-breaks to the American scrapbooking industry; and the Yoga Mat Cleanliness Act (YMCA), which Congresswoman Davis has been promoting this fall through taped appearances with New York-based celebrity actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who recently caught a bad case of tinea cruris from using an unclean yoga mat in her home state of Ohio, a swing state.

      “Working together with Nancy (Pelosi), I’m hopeful that all or part of my signature legislative package will be passed in the coming year,” said Davis, adding: “The difficult I can do right away — the impossible just takes a little longer!”

      “The Colbert Report,” in its own statement, referred to “audio difficulties” and apologized to “viewers and the President.” Calling the mishap “a technical malfunction with the audio board,” the show said it is “mortified” and “stupified” and “is addressing how this happened and why it was not more promptly corrected on air.”

      Before responding to the call of democracy, Congresswoman Davis was a star of stage and screen, appearing with show business luminaries such as Helen Hunt, Amy Sedaris, Nathan Lane, Bette Midler, Paul Dinello, Matthew Broderick and Susan Sarandon. Davis skyrocketed to fame in the 1990′s with her raunchy rock-anthem “(Doing the) Baby Dance,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard pop charts. Davis was appointed to her Congressional seat late last year after the tragic Astor Place Cube death of her husband, Congressman Soon-Yi Davis. Prior to leaving show business to represent her Congressional district, Davis also played the role of Penny Pingleton in numerous regional performances of “Hairspray.”

      Nov 28, 2006 at 9:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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