We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No, Mitt was defeated because he approached this campaign like a marketing project. He looked out at the field and the voters, found the marketing space that wasn't being served, and tried to occupy it. But it wasn't him, and voters knew that.
The McCain campaign faltered last summer formuch the same reason. McCain had time to go back to being McCain, and his fortunes reversed.
If Romney had faltered a little earlier, he might have gone back to the appeal that was starting to work: a competent, can do guy, who knows something about the business world, and how to get things done.
The Mormon Church is in fact Christian. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Characterizing them as a cult merely re-enforces bigotry and slanders millions of wonderful people. Did you know that Utah votes Republican in higher percentages than any other state in the union? Also, I flew with a Mormon in the Marines, great guy. He didn't drink alcohol or coffee but who cares, he could fly... Steve Young, NFL Hall of Famer who played the the SF 49ers, is Mormon and a direct descendant of Brigham Young. I could go on but what's the point...I don't think you believe they are a cult but repeating the idea still leaves a mark on some.
I want to make it clear that I have nothing against Mormons. I actually believe they are much finer folks than the average Joe. I do believe that our nation has a overall feeling that they are not legit, or that their practices are too cult like.
All the ones I have personally known have been great people, but the door to door, tie and bicycle thing freaks people.
By marriage there are about 40 Mormons on my wife side and they are fantastic people.
Easily my "gut" instinct on this could be way off and I think Romney should have held tight a bit longer. I was sorry to see him leave the field.
And I do think you're right, repeating just a "gut" level feeling doesn't help a darn thing. I'll take your good advice and not move in that direction again concerning Mormons.
PS. I can't promise backing off of "gut" levels about Muslims quite yet..
Mitt lost because he's a Mormon. It pisses me off. The Evangelicals piss me off. When it comes to theology, lots of folk just aren't very agile, too goddamned arthritic to think. They don't know their own various and wide ranging traditions, much less that of the wonderful fellow next door.