So now former Fox News employee Newt Gingrich is accusing the station of being biased toward Mitt Romney. He’s probably right, but I don’t like anyone involved there.
Perhaps it’s good that we have Republicans fighting amongst themselves, although I have to suspect it will simmer down once Romney gets the official nomination. That’s generally how it works. This has me thinking about the two-party system, and how it’s a bit ridiculous, because it forces people of quite different beliefs to unite under a single candidate. That can be good, though, as it means the person you like best doesn’t have a whole lot of competition. It seems like the Republican candidates are mostly big-business types who suck up to the religious fundamentalists. And the Democratic candidates are mostly…well, pretty much the same. There are exceptions, but it seems that when a presidential election is coming up, everyone starts getting more religious. I remember disgraced preacher Ted Haggard saying that the evangelicals (as they prefer to call themselves, but I like to use “fundamentalists” because you can be evangelical without being bigoted about it) had the power to swing every election.
Do they really, though? Maybe it’s just that it’s easier to get them to agree, mostly by saying “Jesus” a whole lot and insisting that the opponents hate Jesus. They loved George W. Bush, who apparently rarely went to church, but did talk about God all the time. It might be easier for someone to get the support of fundamentalists as a whole than other groups, because the other groups aren’t quite as focused on just one issue. So perhaps it’s not that the fundamentalist voters are a particularly large group, but rather that they have power because of the unity and sheep-like mentality. (Hey, I don’t even think that’s an insult, considering that Jesus compared his own followers to sheep. Mind you, he also told them to support the poor, but that’s another story.) I don’t know how much support Romney has with the fundamentalists, but they seem to like him better than Obama, despite the fact that the current president belongs to a more mainstream denomination of Christianity. Oh, I forgot he’s a secret Muslim, however the hell THAT would work. How could he possibly hide praying toward Mecca five times a day? Islam is one of the most visible religions there is. Oh, well. People are stupid. It would be nice to get the evangelical crowd behind a third-party candidate who stands no chance of winning, wouldn’t it?
We can’t forget the people who are considering voting Republican because Obama didn’t accomplish everything they wanted, which is always a significant group. Guess what? I’m not happy with all of Obama’s choices either, but I can’t think of an issue on which Romney wouldn’t be even worse. I don’t like that ObamaCare is basically a gift to the private insurance companies, but at least it’s a start. The Republicans don’t even want to do that.
Oh, but I guess the real issue is that Ann Romney was accused of not having worked a day in her life. Obviously this is stupid, because being a wife and mother IS work, especially when you’re married to somebody like Mitt. Apparently the person who made the accusation apologized, saying something about parenting being the hardest job there is. Now, I know parenting would be too difficult for me, which is why I got a vasectomy. Still, I have to imagine that hostage negotiation would be a more difficult job. I’m just saying.