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Aug 10 2012

Romney Courts the Crazies

Mitt Romney continues to kiss the rings of every whackjob on the right he can find. While I was in Denver last week, so was Romney, meeting with Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin. Boykin is the worst of this very bad group, for reasons I’ve documented on this blog many times before. But Right Wing Watch puts it all in one place.

Gary Bauer, James Dobson, and Tony Perkins wrote to John Boehner to praise Bachmann’s “good judgment, undeniable courage, and great patriotism” for “bravely demanding answers to matters essential to the safety of the American people and our Armed Forces.” Meanwhile, Boykin signed on to a separate letter expressing “strong support for congressional efforts to illuminate and address the danger posed by influence operations mounted by the Muslim Brotherhood against government agencies.” He also claimed that “Huma [Abedin] is not the only person who has penetrated our government” and wondered aloud if President Obama is a Muslim Brotherhood member…

The group issued a report in September 2010, “Shariah: The Threat to America,” which won praise from Bachmann and Rep. Trent Franks, who appeared with Gaffney at a press conference announcing the report. Among the key findings of the report was that the Muslim Brotherhood “has succeeded in penetrating our educational, legal and political systems, as well as top levels of government, intelligence, the media, and U.S. military, virtually paralyzing our ability to respond effectively.”

That report is a complete fraud, as I documented at the time it came out. Nearly every single example of a court case cited in the report as showing support for Sharia law actually showed the exact opposite. In nearly every case, the court actually ruled against the pro-Sharia position. None of this matters to Romney, of course; he has to win the support of the crazies so he’s doing and saying whatever it takes to do so.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    You are acting surprised again.

  2. 2
    Zeno

    Romney knows the crazies are frothing with anticipation at the opportunity to vote against Obama. His mission is to make sure they vote for the GOP ticket instead of going off the reservation and casting a ballot for the Libertarian or Constitutional Party candidates (which they would in an instant if Romney dared to edge toward the center). They hold him hostage. Now if the general voting population notices (and there’s no guarantee of that), then Romney gets to kiss goodbye the votes of the independents — a consummation devoutly to be wished.

  3. 3
    Trebuchet

    I was going to ask why Romney continues associating with these nutballs now that he’s got the nomination sewn up, but Zeno’s done a good job of answering it in advance.

    I also suspect that Romney the CEO is pretty clueless about what the nuts are actually saying, just taking bad advice from his sycophants.

  4. 4
    d cwilson

    It’s all about turnout. Only a small percentage of voters are still undecided. Romney needs to fire up the base and he needs to constantly fight off the perception that he’s not a true conservative since he once ran as a moderate. He’s just priming the pump and making sure the base turns out in large numbers, especially in swing/voter supression states.

  5. 5
    oranje

    I wonder if the crazies are enough to overturn the lead FiveThirtyEight is forecasting for Obama.

  6. 6
    reverendrodney

    Boykin: “A mosque is an embassy for Islam.”

    Since when do belief systems have embassies?
    Might there be embassies for Judaism, Lutheranism, Baptists?

  7. 7
    busterggi

    The crazies would vote for a crayon drawing by a 4 year old.

    But they’ll settle for Mitt.

  8. 8
    harold

    Willard forgot the part about winning the general election.

    There is no net gain for him from meeting with these nuts. If the far right is going to stay home unless he turns off everyone else, it’s already over. If the far right is going to show up because he isn’t Obama, he had to try to win over someone else.

    Yet there he is, ignoring the impact of recent tragic news, and kowtowing to far right extremists.

  9. 9
    harold

    Romney’s lack of strategic awareness is pretty incredible.

    A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in place that was nostalgic for old time moderate Republicans, he won an election by running as a moderate, and put a somewhat half-assed but better-than-other-states health care plan into place.

    Somehow, he thought that meant he would have success by running as an insulting far right wing multimillionaire who now opposes basically his own health care plan and a welfare plan he himself asked for.

    “I will win by doing basically the opposite of the only thing that ever made me win”. Good luck, Willard.

  10. 10
    cptdoom

    The real problem Willard faces is the Mormon issue. It’s not just that he has to support wingnut policies, he has to get them to overlook the whole Hershey problem.

  11. 11
    cptdoom

    Heresy not Hershey. I officially bate auto-corect.

  12. 12
    fifthdentist

    Well, I was feelin’ sad and kind of blue I didn’t know what I was gonna do
    The Muslimists were comin’ around They was in the air, they were on the ground
    They were all over
    So I ran down most hurriedly And joined the Tea Party
    I got me a secret membership card
    Went back to my backyard
    And started looking on the sidewalk ‘Neath the rose bush
    Well, I was lookin’ everywhere for them gold darned Muzzies I got up in the mornin’ and looked under my bed
    Looked behind the kitchen, behind the door Even tore loose the kitchen floor, couldn’t find any …

    All that’s old is new again.

  13. 13
    Dennis N

    While I was in Denver last week, so was Romney

    Coincidence? If I was Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Tony Perkins or Jerry Boykin, I would be flinging wild conspiracy theories about a secret meet up right about now.

  14. 14
    harold

    Read this just before I googled “Mormons Hershey”.

  15. 15
    Reginald Selkirk

    With his selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot, Romney has made a deep commitment to the economic crazies as well, in the form of voodoo economics.

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