Morning Briefing: October 29, 2012
by Jen Green
With eight days to go, things don’t look good for the incumbent . . . but it is enough to push Romney over the electoral finish line?
What’s Bad for Obama
Obama had a tough end to last week. Not only did the leaked emails prove that he and his administration repeatedly lied about Benghazi, but then General Petraus publicly differed with the regime on its portrayal of the event and their handling of it. The story about Vice President Joe Biden’s crass comment to a former Navy Seal’s family didn’t help things either. I don’ t know that these stories will necessarily change any committed voters minds, but they may sway some of the few undecided left. What they most definitely are doing are firing up the “No More Obama” vote.
Now, when the media [finally!] asks Obama the tough questions about Benghazi, he literally sidestepped the issue–refusing to answer the question saying, “The election has nothing to do with the four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened.” Actually, this election should be about the failure of an administration’s foreign policy. It’s not–and that’s partially on Mitt Romney. For some inexplicable reason, he’s punted twice when the opportunity to take the regime to task on Benghazi has come up–twice on an international stage at two debates. Romney’s base may be upset, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be.
And frankly, if this ad doesn’t smack of desperation on the part of the Obama campaign, I’m not sure what does–except maybe equating voting for Obama for the first time to losing your virginity. Oh wait, they did that, too. This time they are using kids to make their desperate play of lying about Mitt Romney “letting sick people die.” It’s unconscionable.
What’s Good for Romney
On the flip side, Romney’s momentum seemed to continue over the weekend. He garnered two “surprise” endorsements from newspapers in the swing state of Iowa (my home state). The Des Moines Register hasn’t endorsed a Republican since 1972, but they made an exception for Romney (who is arguably the most liberal Republican presidential nominee since 1972). They said his business acumen and his bi-partisanship is what lead to their plug for the former Massachusetts governor.
Also in the “good news” column for Romney, the polls in Ohio seem to have tightened up, and now he is neck-and-neck with Obama in the most crucial of all swing states. Of likely voters polled, the candidates have 49% on both sides. I’m writing this update on Sunday night late–so I’ll caution you that Monday’s poll numbers are important. They will come a full week after the last debate so the full effect of that last opportunity to watch the candidates go head-to-head on foreign policy should show up in the polls.
A Brave, Lone Voice
Some of the staunchest warriors in the fight for the sanctity of all life are Catholics. However, just as in the Protestant church, the hypocrisy of honoring politicians who do not hold to the church’s pro-life teaching has hurt their witness.
A priest in Green Bay, WI has tackled that very issue with his congregation. In a letter he wrote last week, Bishop David Ricken warns his flock that “voting for candidates who support what he calls “intrinsically evil” positions, such as abortion and gay marriage, could “put your own soul in jeopardy.
The bishop does not tell his parishioners for whom to vote, but he does say, “A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals. Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform.”
Imagine if every pastor and priest in America would write a letter like that to his congregation. Imagine if they had been writing those letters for the last 40 years. Would we even have these two nominees in this race?
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