“I promise it works, baby.”
And maybe it will. Mitt Romney is no longer in the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America, and my prediction came true even sooner than I expected.
Perhaps Mitt will still see something out of all his invested millions and find a place in the McCain administration. Should, of course, the Republicans find themselves in the White House, which after Dubya’s dubious reign, is unlikely.
I, of course, predicted that Mitt would not win the nomination, let alone the presidency, and I was right. Natalie 1, World, uh, well, somewhere around 5 million at last count.
Look, here’s the skinny. I have mixed feelings about Mitt’s withdrawal from the race. Religion aside, he was one of the best candidates. His FATHER, George Romney, was a man of integrity and honor, who, despite his heritage of racism and segregation (see the Mormon HISTORY BOOK people) stepped out and made a stand for integration and against segregation. For the most part, when you have a father who stands for integrity, the child usually learns something. That’s why dads are so important. That and to mow the lawn and put worms on fish hooks.
When Mitt Romney said he “saw” his father walk with Martin Luther King, Jr., a firestorm erupted. The microscopes came out, and logistics were examined, and everyone scored over old footage and news clippings, and Mitt got lambasted in the papers, and yet… Whether or not George Romney literally “walked” with Martin Luther King, Jr., he did “walk” with him, folks.
Even when an APOSTLE of his church sent him a letter encouraging he stand back and not embrace equality, he ignored that letter. He became EVEN MORE involved.
Is Mitt Romney his father? Nope. Does he have as much to offer? Maybe. I heard that he’s 61, so he has some work to do, but hey, I heard that 61 is the new 41, and in the Mormon “Old Geezer” world, he’s a BABY. Get cracking, Mitt.
He did a bangup job with the 2002 Olympics, picking up a rumor and scandal-smeared dirty envelope and making it pristine white before mailing it out to the world. That could not have been easy.
But, in the end, Mitt Romney’s religion did him in. And frankly, that’s understandable. I don’t see people rushing to the voting booths to put Tom Cruise, aka FrankenCruise, in charge, either. Mormon beliefs are just, well, weird. Late President Gordon B. Hinckley’s protestations aside, Mormonism is a WEIRD religion. Sorry, but it is.
It isn’t the ONLY weird religion. But it’s up there.
I’ve already recounted the reasons why, and if you wonder about my claims, read the blog, and please don’t come back and comment until you DO. Off-the-cuff comments make you look stupid, and me look witty and intelligent. Hmm. Perhaps you should just comment and THEN read. I’m all for looking witty and intelligent.
But that doesn’t make Mitt Romney a bad man. I know a LOT of Mormons who are intelligent, smart, and generally very nice. I think Mitt might have made a decent president, although if he doesn’t back off that Iraq support stuff, I might have to change my opinion. (Note: please do not read this as an attack on our troops. I am a HUGE supporter of the military, and the people who defend our nation AT ALL COSTS. I just don’t appreciate our nation sending our troops into a minefield and telling them to dance. Carefully.)
Truth is, Mitt never stood a chance, and I knew that from the onset. Despite the huge desire among Mormons to be accepted, it won’t and isn’t happening. And I speak from experience, and not anger or bitterness. The outside world might like you. That’s personal. But they don’t admire you. You might hear all those “faith promoting” stories and think they do, but you’re being misled. They think your religion is weird. And it is. And it’s okay. You embrace that weirdness, and more power to you.
But ask yourself this question. Why do I want people to accept this so badly? Is it because I have my OWN qualms about whether or not it can be true? Because if you are basing YOUR belief on someone ELSE accepting it, well, you haven’t looked close enough. And if you DO BELIEVE IT? Why do you need anyone else to back you up? Embrace it and move on. Or stay close. Or whatever.
So, there’s my take on Mitt. Now, I must put my crystal ball away. It’s glowing and keeping Stormy the Wonder Dog awake and agitated, and when he doesn’t get enough sleep he snores. Like now. Stupid crystal ball…..