The Mitt Romney candidacy is in its own surreal way like a re-enactment of the O.J. trial. Most of the major talk radio hosts are like O.J.'s legal team, led by Mitt's John the Baptist, Hugh Hewitt. Hugh declared in his commentary on the speech that anyone who doesn't agree with him that Mitt is the Republican Savior is "not to be trusted." Trusted?
It's like the O.J. trial in one simple way: Mitt's "lawyers" are turning reality upside down in the court of public opinion. Republican primary voters are the O.J. jury and they will decide whom to believe: (1) Romniacs who believe Mitt is the conservative messiah or (2) Mitt's political record, which is the most liberal of any presidential candidate on stage – Republican or Democrat.
The biggest question after Romney's religion speech is: How long can right wing talk radio deceive Americans that Mitt is the victim of a vast right wing conspiracy of bigots attacking him for his religion? The next biggest question is: how long can Americans accept the irrational idea that Mitt is the alpha and omega of the political spectrum – John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan?
And finally, how long can this enormous political hoax that Romney is The Conservative Dragon-Lady Slayer be sustained when his Hillary-like governor's record is right out there for all to see?
When former Reagan education secretary Bill Bennett asks on radio: "Isn't Romney running on his record of being anti-gay and pro-life," he showcases talk radio's astonishing ignorance. How come radio's self-described philosopher king doesn't know Romney installed gay marriage and abortion as a health care "benefit" in America's Cradle of Liberty?
The Romney campaign is functioning like an X-ray machine, revealing the extent of corruption in the ambiguous world of 21 st century conservatism. If Romney is a Reagan conservative, why has the media glorified him, unlike Reagan who they couldn't stand?
In addition to being a political X-ray machine, Mitt's campaign has also administered a much-needed national I.Q. test.
How many believe all that is standing between Mitt and a Republican primary victory is "ugly evangelical bigotry?" Okay. How many think the problem is his used-car-salesman demeanor, alienating evangelicals and Hillary-like governor's record? The results are now in: the envelope please. They show Romney is fooling 99 percent of talk radio hosts but only 9 percent of Americans, according to political polls. He's fooling America's wise men but not the "dumb evangelicals."
Gregg Jackson is a radio talk show host on WRKO in Boston and author of "Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue By Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z."
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