Greta Van Susteren hosted BFF Sarah Palin last night for what could only be seen as a blatant Get Out The Vote effort for Mitt Romney.
Van Susteren began by saying, “How important is the evangelical vote? Now the mainstream media seems to be downplaying the impact.”
As a banner on the screen read, “Could key voting group sway swing states?” and “social issues energize evangelical voters,” Palin told us that the “faith-based community” was “riled up” after Democrats “booted out” God from its platform.
Van Susteren said that Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition has put forth a large pro-Romney effort. “I wonder if we’re paying enough attention to this vote,” she said.
Palin, on the other hand, made an explicit voting appeal:
Perhaps (evangelicals) take quite seriously that teaching in the Old Testament… where it says, ‘The Almighty says if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and will turn from ways that are wrong, then the Almighty will come in and solve problems and heal the land.’ And I think that that’s, that realization in that verse really has inspired a lot of evangelicals this go around to get out there and vote tomorrow.
What she meant, of course, was that it should inspire evangelicals to vote.
Later in the show, with her political panel, Van Susteren brought up the evangelical vote and Ralph Reed’s push again. She said, “We haven’t paid much attention to it until I started looking at it the other day, is the first time I’ve looked at it.” (Do you think she “started looking at it” at the suggestion of the Romney campaign?)
Time Magazine’s Michael Crowley agreed that the evangelical vote is not only important but in need of some campaign attention. Whether they’ll turn out for Romney is a “key question,” he said. He pointed out that they had not previously been very enthusiastic about Romney. Crowley added, “It does seem like people are coming around… So maybe in the final analysis the party will have fallen in love with him. They need to for him to get over the cliff.”
So how convenient for Romney that the evangelicals' home girl was just on talking that up!
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@Thx4 Fish regarding Mormonism…I know some of those folks you’re talking about. They (Southern Baptists) despise Obama so much that they are putting their politics before their religious beliefs (because I know damn well they believe Mormonism to be a bogus doctrine). Tsk, tsk, I wonder if God approves of being put 2nd? LOL! I’ve also noticed how FOX “news” is careful never to go there (i.e. have a real discussion about the Mormon factor among voting Evangelicals). Nevermind the double standard they had when it came to Obama – many on FOX “news” just couldn’t do enough bashing in when it came to his Christian faith. But to have real discussions about how much Romney’s Mormonism might hurt his chances are just not done.
And, did you all know that recently the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association website scrubbed all it’s former references to Mormonism being a cult? The cult references were conveniently removed after Romney had a sit-down with Graham.
Btw, how egotistical is it that the FOX “news” Christians know absolutely for sure that God wants Romney to be President? Maybe God prefers the way Obama wants to put people’s needs above greed and profit or how Obama wants everyone to have healthcare? There’s a whole bunch of left-wing Christians who don’t much appreciate the way the righties have co-opted Christianity/family values but we’ll not get to hear their voices on FOX “news” teevee.
Which makes sense, since Palin and her fellow teabagger GOPpers want to run the country the same way the Taliban does . . .
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (KJV)
Of course, the very fact that Palin would have the audacity to suggest that evangelicals would take this verse to heart and vote for GOPers is proof that we desperately need to get all these religious nuts OUT of politics. After all, the Constitution opens with “We, the People” not “Our Father Who art in Heaven.” (And for Palin to suggest that GOP voters would understand what this particular verse means proves she knows her Bible about the same way the Taliban know their Qu’ran—they know all the words, they just don’t understand what the words MEAN. GOP voters simply do NOT understand the meaning of “humble themselves.” And Palin certainly doesn’t.)
Also, when you think about it, invoking God for an election is pretty much the ultimate antithesis to living in a republic (preferred term of Republicons). In a republic, the people have the power (to quote Patti Smith) while what Palin’s doing is more applicable to a theocracy, where God is the ultimate authority and His “representatives on Earth” (whether bishops or mere ministers) don’t need to answer to their “flocks” (i.e., inferiors).