Another GOP Candidate Crashes and Burns: "From Zwoof, with Love"
Originally conceived, written and published on DailyKos but far too important not to crosspost here.
Recently, Zwoof posted a diary called Romney 'The Brethren in Salt Lake City told me I could take this position'. The diary gave kudos to Bob Love, who called our attention to the issue in his comment here. Bob, in turn, credits daristani's comment as his source.
In a nutshell, Romney's candidacy is now toast. Make the jump for the short finish, then go Rec Zwoof's piece and give mucho kudos to Bob Love and daristani wherever you find 'em today.
Romney recently gave his own version of Kennedy's "I am not the Catholic candidate for president" speech.
Devilstower had a quick FP piece on it yesterday. Here's one of the first comparison and contrast quotes:
|Almost 50 years ago another candidate from Massachusetts explained that he was an American running for president, not a Catholic running for president.|
|For contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.|
That, alone, should be revealing -- Romney was trying to identify himself with Kennedy. However, the next dual-excerpted quotes show where Romney not only deviates, but damns himself:
|But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured — perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in — for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
|Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin.
As governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution. I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution - and of course, I would not do so as president. I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law.
Note the part where he says "Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin."
That's where he's lying.
Check out and rec up Zwoof's diary. He wrote up the commentary very well, and this diary is simply to ensure that Zwoof, Bob Love and daristani's important find gets the attention it deserves.
Put a stake in the heart of another GOP candidacy, and let it rot in the sunshine next to Giulianni's currently twitching-in-the-Cheneyesque-Death-Throes campaign.