Guy Benson

Tight election, dirty tricks.  But never forget that conservatives are the bigots (even though scientific studies dispute that eternal liberal truth):
 

On Wednesday Hudson also revealed that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had been making push poll phone calls in support of the president's re-election bid. Among the questions being asked, he said, was "How can you support a 'Mormon' who does not believe in Jesus Christ?" The phone banker making the call, which in this case went to a woman Hudson identifies as "the head of a pro-life committee at a parish I know" reportedly also asserted that "President Obama did not support abortion" and that Planned Parenthood "helps children get healthcare and prenatal care and does not promote abortion." In fact, the group is one of the nation's largest abortion providers. All this amounts to a whispering campaign that is both dishonest about the president's record on abortion and deviously attempts to divide the Catholic electorate on the issue of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's religion—something the Obama campaign has repeatedly promised it would not do.


Who are these people?  Are they in any way connected to, or sanctioned by, the Obama campaign?   Meanwhile, check out Time's October 8th cover, hitting newsstands four weeks out of the election:
 


Merely pointing out Romney's faith isn't in itself a nasty maneuver.  Highlighting it so conspicuously and this close to election day is a bit curious.  Floating quotes about "theocracy" is vicious.  But if all Romney had to worry about were vituperative and mean-spirited anti-Mormon bigotry from New York Times columnists, that would be one thing.  But he's also getting smeared by a fellow Mormon, the detestable liar and Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Harry Reid:
 

Reid held a conference call ahead of Romney’s upcoming visit to Utah, where Reid said the Republican will meet voters who “understand that he is not the face of Mormonism,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Thomas Burr. The Nevada Democrat, who is also Mormon, directed reporters to  in The Huffington Post by Gregory Prince. “I agree with [Prince],” Reid told reporters. “He said that Romney has sullied the religion that he, Prince and Romney share,” he explained.


Reid not only conveniently reminds voters that Romney's a Mormon (has he mentioned that Romney's a Mormon?), he takes it a step further and calls Romney a bad Mormon, who has "sullied" the faith.  Despicable.  


UPDATE - Yes, what a terrible man of faith Romney has been.


Guy Benson

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