There’s already been a lot of virtual ink spilled on Mitt Romney’s would-be JFK moment at Bush the Elder’s Texas A&M outpost this week (I agree with Raging Red's observations, BTW). Anybody who’s surprised by Mitt’s exclusion of non-believers from his coalition of “Americans” just hasn’t been paying attention (an opinion held by his host, BTW, who said "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."). And I know some folks are surprised that he didn’t use the opportunity to do more to explain why his particular Mormon brand of woo isn’t incompatible with the fundy Christian woo of the GOP base with which he’s trying to connect (as if their woo was somehow less ludicrous than his).
Rather than harp on those, I want to point out another whopper from his speech that largely has flown under the radar:
Americans do not respect believers of convenience. Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.Is he serious? The man who has ditched almost every position he held while governor in Massachusetts to pander to the GOP religious wing actually said that (which, ironically, his host also did!)? Good lord, the attack ads for his opponents practically write themselves!