Defending Republicans?

Yes, just typing that above made me shiver in disgust, but two stories in the news this morning caught my attention and suggest that Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are getting a bum rap.

First were the comments uttered by the “Reverend” Al Sharpton Monday in a debate with Christopher Hitchens. Said the good “Reverend”:

“As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that. That’s a temporary situation.”

Said Romney in response, “bigotry still exists in some corners,” which is a nice way of saying the “Reverend” Sharpton is a bigoted moron. And on that point, I would agree. What’s even more shocking is the Outrage Industry’s silence over Sharpton’s comment. Is slamming millions of people’s faith somehow less of an affront than “nappy headed hos”?

Though Sharpton is trying to spin his way out of it today, Romney is correct in bringing up the anti-Mormonism bigotry in this country that people whisper about when discussing his campaign. From the polygamy jokes (which Romney rightly shoots down by noting he’s the only Republican candidate who hasn’t been married multiple times), to the “science fiction” rap, most of the criticisms leveled against the Mormons could be leveled against all religions anyway. What major western religion (Christian, Jewish or Muslim) hasn’t advocated for slavery, women’s second class status, or claimed kooky, outer-space notions at some point?

Of course, Romney didn’t help himself much when it was revealed that his favorite book was L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”, but the bigotry expressed by other Christians towards Mormons is unjustified. And the Reverend Sharption should apologize and drink from the cup of STFU.

And then there’s this story on Rudy Giuliani’s support of abortion rights and his plan to focus his campaign on those states where the Republican Qaeda might be more receptive to it.

Predictably, the pro-lifers are having none of that. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, the conservative magazine, said, “You can’t win as a pro-choicer who is going to deliberately set on challenging the party’s orthodoxy on the issue.”

Heaven forbid. Frankly, though I don’t care a bit for Rudy, I find the strategy ballsy. To openly challenge one of your party’s central tenets and then run the campaign around ways to defeat it, is certainly more appealing than the “I was pro-choice, before I was pro-life” inanities of Romney, McCain, et al.

So good luck with that, Rudy. You’re gonna need it once the pro-life lobby clanks into motion to work for your defeat.

Cross posted from AoF

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