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Romney Booster Jen Rubin Getting Worried About ‘Mormon Mitt’ Meme?

Posted on | April 17, 2012 | 44 Comments

Resisting the urge to call this “Ain’t I Done Told Ya So? Part IV,” we find Rubin horribly flustered that McKay Coppins wrote this:

Ann Romney was already fully immersed in stay-at-home motherhood — raising five sons, ages six to 16, in her Belmont home — when Mormon prophet Ezra Taft Benson took to a pulpit on February 22, 1987 and delivered a definitive sermon on gender roles in the church titled, “To the Mothers of Zion.”

Rubin notices that Coppins is doing the “media Mormon expert” gig and accurately recognizes the insinuation that the LDS “creed has ominous political implications” — just like I done told ya! — but other than abhor the insinuation, what can you do?

Jen, seriously: Have you bothered to investigate the history, beliefs and practices of LDS? Because there is a metric buttload of this stuff just laying around out there, and those tolerant and enlightened liberals in the press corps are gonna unload it all.

Do you really think they’ll stint to use the dirtiest tricks in the book? Remember how your liberal friends learned to sling around “neocon” as an epithet (nudge, nudge) during the Bush years?

Whatever you do, don’t say nobody warned you.

UPDATE: Da Tech Guy’s been warning since February.

UPDATE II: Alec MacGillis at The New Republic shows that there’s no winning this game with liberals. In an article that dismisses concerns about anti-Mormon bias as “crying wolf,” MacGillis manages to squeeze in a jab at Romney’s “secrecy-minded religion”:

Ann Romney’s own parents were barred from attending the Mormon service for her wedding.

So, if you see an article that strikes you as gratuitously raising Romney’s religion as an issue, and complain about it, your complaint will then be used as an excuse to write more articles making gratuitous reference to Romney’s religion.

Heads liberals win, tails Romney loses.

UPDATE IIIFull text of Ezra Taft Benson’s 1987 sermon, “To the Mothers in Zion,” which cites Brigham Young as an authority. So ask yourself, “What do liberal journalists know about Brigham Young? Is he the kind of guy liberals would endorse and praise as an authority on ‘family values’?”

Magic 8-Ball says, “Outlook not so good.”





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  • richard mcenroe

    Whatever the Mormons may have peddled as snake oil in the 19th century, they make good neighbors toda y.  That puts them a notch above Muslims and Democrats

    Mitt on the other hand, I’m not sure is such a good neighbor.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The sooner all this stuff gets out the better for Romney. If he treats this the same way he did that minor tax kerfuffle it just gets worse.
    Given that the Winston Smith Media will misinterpret and misstate what’s out there it could present an opportunity.
    Never mind this is Romney.

  • Chuck

    “but other than abhor the insinuation, what can you do?”

    He can remind people that he’s not a piece of shit, 135 pound Communist who attended an African Klan rally every Sunday of his adult life…for starters.

  • OCBill

    Well, Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” seems to be shooting up the Sales charts at Amazon.  But that can only be a good thing, right. 

    And fortunately, Obama’s campaign won’t mention anything about Mitt’s faith.   Obama may even come out and say it’s wrong to associate Romney the candidate with the teachings of the Mormon church even though Mitt has donated many millions of dollars to help support the LDS church.  Romney also donated fifty bucks to Planned Parenthood, and that proves he’s a good guy at heart.  So we’re good there, at least.

    And anyway, if we learned anything from 2008, it’s that someone’s religion is off-limits for discussion.  Well, at least it was off limits when was Obama’s religion.  I’m sure the MSM and all of Obama’s surrogates will play by the same rules for Romney. 

  • Chuck

    Lets hope not. I’d like the whole damn election to center on religion. In Donnie Osmond versus Lois Farrakhan, I like Donnie’s odds.

  • Bob Belvedere

    But you know Willard will not do that.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Well…at least one good thing will come out of this whole election season: by the end of it, we’ll know who are all the dead weight on the Right.  Let’s see: so far Ann Coulter, Erick Erickson, Jennifer Rubin….

  • CPAguy

    Nope…Obama is a Christian…..Mormons say that they are (but do people really believe them?).

    Mormons are simply a nice people with a bizarre religion (well…as bizarre as any other…but the others you can’t disprove due to a few thousand years of history).

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I agree, Mitt has to take this stuff head on.  And let’s lay off “I told you so” about LDS.  That plays into the Democrats’ hands.  Your problems with Mitt should be about Mitt, not his LDS faith. 

    Adobe Walls is right, just get the stuff out. 

  • Adobe_Walls

    And therein lays the problem Mittens only knows how to wage war on conservatives and he’s pretty good at it (food for thought there)  he doesn’t know how to wage war on Bolshevism. These people are going to be smearing nine ways to Sunday the faith that his family has held to for generations. Doesn’t this piss him off? Can he not stand for anything? 

    The right way to handle this would for his small but rabid band of supporters get on the airways and blogs and scream in outrage at these despicable racist (Mormonism is a mainly white religion) attacks on the man’s faith. Shriek WITCH HUNT. Trouble is Romney doesn’t have supporters like that, his supporters are far too “pragmatic” to cover his left flank.

  • richard mcenroe

    Karl Rove, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Mitch McConnel, John Cornyn…

  • richard mcenroe

     Rich Bond, the Mitt News Network…

  • Charles

    Hey, I was barred as a Protestant from taking communion at my own sister’s Catholic wedding. Just because Democrats will try to use the Mormon line of attack doesn’t mean that it will work.

    We know you were going to vote for Bob Barr again anyway.

  • Dandapani

    What do I care about Mormon Mitt?  I’m a Hindu.  One of my gods has the head of an elephant.  Vishnu was incarnated as a turtle.  At least Mitt is on a Path.  All Paths lead to the Mountaintop. Aum.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I smell patchouli!  

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Dandapani

    No hippy here.  Red White and Blue Conservative American. 

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    This whole war on women thing is going to turn into a nightmare: first with the class warfare, then with the religious angle.

    And it all goes back to stupid Mitt speaking stupidly (pandering actually) back in Jan. and then stepping (stupidly) into this cow pat (where he was once again, pandering).

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    and I kick myself; I really do, repeatedly: I thought that at least Mitt was smart enough politically to not be totally be caught out even with the flip flops; I was wrong, so very wrong. Oy.

  • robertstacymccain

    EBL: My point is (a) we were told that Romney was “electable,” and (b) Santorum’s victories in the South were discounted by the media as irrelevant because those voters were supposedly prejudiced against Mormons.

    OK, so now Romney’s the nominee and suddenly we find the liberal media sniffing around the Mormon stuff — just as I predicted — because they know (and have always known) that it’s potential dynamite.

  • CPAguy

     Ummm…some Catholics can’t take communion, because of something like divorce, or some small sin one has yet to repent for.

  • Adobe_Walls

    That’s why I maintain that Mitt is no RINO, he epitomizes the stupid party.

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    This is perhaps why I am very glad to be done with identifying as one.

    This is also perhaps a good lesson: never, never!, play identity politics with Dems; they will only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I know!  I was kidding.  

  • Adjoran

     Really?  Because judging by the last week or so and the reaction to Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s slam against stay-at-home parents, I thought it was a war that we were winning. 

  • Adjoran

     What on earth are you talking about?

  • Dandapani

    All is good. 🙂

  • Chuck

     Then you aren’t paying attention. Brak appreciates your devoted support.

  • janeway

    I understand Romney was not your choice for the Candidate for 2012 but to jump to the Left’s side on the religion issue is just wrong. Don’t like Mitt, stay home, vote for Obama. Did you hold everything that every Pope said against Santorum? How about the Inquisition? Romney 2012

  • Confutus

    You’re bringing up Ezra Taft Benson’s speech in preparation for National Offend a Feminist week, right? Because I can’t think of anything more offensive to feminists than the idea that motherhood is or should be a respectable full-time career.

  • Bob Belvedere

    As the GOP Primary Season wore on, I’m sure at least a few folks in the Obama Campaign were reading all of the anti-Mormon books and articles they could get their billion-dollar-hands on.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Project we much?

    Mitt has done nothing but compliment Barry, saying he’s just ‘in over his head’.  Like so many others [especially his highly-paid consultants], Willard is afraid of being labeled a raaaaacist! and, therefore, caves at the slightest charge of it being thrown at him by the Left.

    Regarding your last sentence: at least when Adjoran uses it, he has a sensible [or semi-sensible] argument to back his assertion up.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Yeah, but, Richard, we already knew about those ones – I’m talking people who seemed to be conservatives worth taking seriously.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Have you actually read and thought about what Stacy has written on this issue?

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  • Tennwriter

    And again, for those not remembering what was said upthread. Romney is a moderate RINO who will not fight, except conservatives.

    Just go ahead and say it: We Conservatives wuz Right.

  • Tennwriter

    We’re not on the Left’s side.  You’re on the Left’s side.  We’re just telling you what we think is going to happen, and you lot keep blaming us for Reality.

    Reality….Mitt must Resign, if we want a decent chance to win in 2012.

    And if this does not happen, and if Gingrich and Santorum don’t floor fight Romney successfully which is indeed quite possible for them to win….

    Then you get to see in horrifying, eviscerating, mind-boggling, and excruciatingly painful detail that we, the low-brow, the mindless, the stupid are somehow or other, yet again right.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Well put.

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    Oh yes, definitely winning.  How much mileage will they get out of Romney’s comments in Jan. spliced with this, with a nice backdrop of the Romney homes?  It writes itself.
    Don’t play identity politics with Dems.

    Meanwhile: GSA, F&F, immigration, war in Astan, gas prices, dollar value…..
    Oh no, we want to play identity politics with Dems!
    And social issues, lots and lots of social issues!  Hmm…

  • ThePaganTemple

     How about Rick “sometimes you have to take one for the team” Santorum?

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