Caption: "I'm just like W. I can even make myself LOOK like a W!"
I'm going to follow the lead of The National Review Magazine, and endorse Mitt Romney for Republican Party Nominee.
Because I believe that he can't possibly win the presidency. And that's just the kind of guy I want to go up against whoever the Democrats choose. (who I'll vote for, of course)
Huckabee is looking strong, despite the gaff he made, asking an interviewer: "Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan were brothers, don't they?" Well, actually they do, but I think the strongest point against having a Mormon elected president goes back to their founder's first vision. Joseph Smith went out to the woods to pray, to ask which church he should join, and two Personages appeared before him.
"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong) and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."
I actually have to kind of respect a faith that has the balls to say clearly what is implicit in all the other faiths. "We have a monpoly on truth and the way we see god is the only way to see god and if you differ from us in any way, you're going to burn in hell for all eternity, sonny." It's going to be hard for Mitt, when pressed by the fundies who run (or think they run) the Republican party, to explain away "All thir creeds were an abomination in his sight." Sure, the Mormons today are just another ultra-conservative religion, no matter where they came from, and they have a whole lot of really kooky beliefs, but you can't discount the basic "abomination" doctrine, can you?
The Review endorsed him because they say he has all of W's strengths, but none of his weaknesses. I reply "W has strengths? Aside from comic relief?" (graveyard humor, to be sure)
What it boils down to is that Huckabee has the possibility of rallying the fundies behind him, and winning, so he's out, in my book, and *shudder* Rudy Giulliani *shudder* has branded himself the new Reagan and the Hero of 9/11 and America's Mayor, and if anyone has shown less respect for the Constitution than W and his cronies, it's Rudy and his cronies, so he's way way way out in my book.
So who am I really supporting? Whoever the Democratic candidate is, who can realistically win and free us from the grip of Republican madness.
That is all.