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Act of God
It won't take divine intervention after all:
Mitt Romney no longer thinks it will take an "Act of God" for Rick Santorum to be the Republican nominee, as a top aide told reporters last week.

Fox News' Bill Hemmer asked Romney whether he agreed with the top aide's quote, given to reporters at a background briefing at his Boston campaign headquarters last week, Romney replied, "No, no no."

"Anybody has a shot at becoming the nominee," Romney continued.

In related news: Romney could have kept Rick Santorum completely off the ballot in Illinois (as he did in Virginia) but didn't. And now he's saying Rick Santorum doesn't need an act of God to win the nomination.  Next thing you know, Romney will say that Santorum is the front-runner. Or maybe even Newt.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Lowering expectations (5+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, filby, IM, Matt Z, Calamity Jean

    is really difficult when your opposition can't even run a complete slate of delegates ... but Mitt is giving it the old Bain Capital try!

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:08:51 AM PDT

  •  so Mitt's an over/underdog? (7+ / 0-)
    Next thing you know, Romney will say that Santorum is the front-runner. Or maybe even Newt.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:09:19 AM PDT

  •  best title I have seen around these parts for (2+ / 0-)
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    filby, Doc Allen

    some time.
    Thanks!

    but when will God tell Romney to step down?
     not soon enough for some of us

    "It's never too late to be who you might have been." -George Eliot

    by live1 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:09:47 AM PDT

  •  God: "I'm going to Disney World!" (7+ / 0-)

    Fair's fair. I don't vote in your church; don't go preaching in my government New video: "The Future Just Ain't What It Used to Be"

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:13:39 AM PDT

  •  God always votes for that (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, msmacgyver, filby

    "Rent's too damned high" guy anyway.

  •  Mitt was Gov. of Mass, right? (3+ / 0-)
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    filby, susanWAstate, Calamity Jean

    Maybe he meant to say, "Act of Cod" instead. It would fit, given how fishy his campaign is...

    "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

    From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:32:30 AM PDT

  •  God: "Ah, Mitt, how are you (1+ / 0-)
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    susanWAstate

    as President going to do this?"

    Romney Clarifies Planned Parenthood Comments

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Romney started a firestorm Tuesday when he told KSDK.com about his plans to do away with the reproductive health care provider.

    "Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one, but there are others," he said. "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."

    His spokesperson, Eric Fehrnstrom, soon clarified that Romney did not mean to eliminate the organization altogether.

    "It would not be getting rid of the organization," Fehrnstrom said. "They have other sources of funding besides government appropriations, but in order to achieve balance, we have to make some tough decisions about spending."

    The distinction is basically meaningless. Cutting off federal funding would cripple the organization, as the federal government covers 90 percent of the $40 million it costs annually to run.


    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:37:53 AM PDT

  •  Remember...Mittens has magic underwear in (0+ / 0-)

    his corner.  This alone might be enough to put him over the top!

    "What I find curious, is how the elected children of Republican politicians, from George W. Bush to Rand Paul to Ben Quayle and on, always happen to be crueler and dumber than their parents." With thanks to MinistryOfTruth.

    by Taxmancometh on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:38:34 AM PDT

    •  Unsurprising, (0+ / 0-)

      as this is the second consecutive front page post with language suggesting gratuitous digs at Romney's religion, for reasons having nothing to do with past political involvement.  Romney telling God what to do is only funny if you think of Mormonism as less than a real religion.  It's not the only one that has specific dress as part of it.  Yarmulkes and Yahweh reads worse, but prejudice against Mormons and Catholics is as acceptable on the left as prejudice against atheists and Muslims is on the right.

      The study of law was certainly a strange discipline. -- Yukio Mishima

      by Loge on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:58:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  i don't buy that it is prejudice (0+ / 0-)

        as long as it is equally applied.

        Creationism is roundly (and rightly) denounced as foolish.  Mormonism, based on a misinterpretation of events only hundreds of years ago, rather than 6000 years ago) deserves the same treatment.

        There is a lot of absurdity in any religion.  Mormonism does, however, expect its adherents to swallow a great deal of things that are not only absurd, but demonstrably false.

        If we can comment on the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church's gold and marble buildings given Jesus' teaching on the poor, I fail to see how special undergarments would be off limits.

        I guess what I am saying is that it doesn't take thinking of Mormonism as "less than a real religion" if you believe that "real religion" is a kind of silly concept to begin with.

        People are free to believe whatever they want- but when those things are counterfactual or simply absurd, others have every right to comment on that.  Particularly if you come from a party that injects religion into every aspect of public life.

        •  I don't believe any religion myself, (0+ / 0-)

          but I think the solution to a party injecting religion in public life is not to do it ourselves when it's not germane to the discussion.  I'm for live and let live.  If he believes demonstrably false things, to the extent obviously he has any beliefs, who cares?  The worst case scenario is he pushes it exactly to the extent of every other republican, who aren't so mocked.  Besides, there's a fine line to belittling and perhaps opening the door to discrimination against people who hold LDS views but do not act politically, which is most of them.  There's a difference, as well, between attacking a church hierarchy and attacking individuals for being members, especially for perfectly anodyne aspects of observance like temple garments.  Mitt Romney is the candidate, not Joseph Smith or Brigham Young.  He was an ineffective governor at creating jobs, wants war with Iran, and is primarily motivated by preserving his own unfair tax breaks.  Focusing on other issues like his religion, or even his dog, lower the discourse.

          The study of law was certainly a strange discipline. -- Yukio Mishima

          by Loge on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:13:01 AM PDT

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  •  it'd be so cool if the US (1+ / 0-)
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    susanWAstate

    was the kind of country where people running for office didn't constantly reference their various , personally interpreted, and often unpleasent dieties, but I just guess we don't wish to be about that kind of life.

    (why yes, that does go for President Obama too, but of the entire bunch, he doesn't refer to non-believers as subhuman garbage as the others do, and actually considers us valid human beings. So, there's that. )

    [insert pithy sigline here]

    by terrypinder on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:38:50 AM PDT

    •  It's really rather ironic (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      That America started as a refuge for Europeans for religious freedom.  And those former church-states are now mostly secular while our secular state is being pulled towards conservative christianity.  Hopefully, this election will mark the resounding end of that trend!

      We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

      by susanWAstate on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:08:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I smell a deal (0+ / 0-)

    Romney/Santorum 2012. Stranger things have happened this primary season.

    "Favoring the use of torture is not a political position, it's a mental illness." -- Devilstower

    by scorponic on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:40:30 AM PDT

  •  Santorum doesn't need an act of God (1+ / 0-)
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    itzik shpitzik
    Inevitable, unpredictable, and unreasonably severe event caused by natural forces without any human interference, and over which an insured party has no control, such as an earthquake, flood, hurricane, lightning, snowstorm. Acts of God are insurable accidents and valid excuses for non-performance of a contract. Also called act of nature. See also force majeure.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:41:28 AM PDT

  •  The biggest thing to take away from this is (2+ / 0-)
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    drpmeade, susanWAstate

    that absolutely nothing either Mitt Romney or his "handlers" say can be taken at face value (or any other value, for that matter).

    When every word, phrase or sentence that comes out of your mouth needs to be explained, retro-nuanced, walked back, taken back or re-explained, "then you got trouble, my friends ... oh, you got trouble right here in River City ..."

    Now THAT's the president I voted for!

    by RevJoe on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:44:44 AM PDT

  •  There is no god only the devil (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:50:43 AM PDT

  •  He will not take this lying down. (God, that is) (0+ / 0-)

    He gets pissed when Republicans can't make up their mind about the need, or lack of need, for Him, in terms of intervention in the primary process.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 09:52:11 AM PDT

  •  clearly just a ham-handed ploy (0+ / 0-)

    to keep Gingrich in the race.  Despite all evidence, I have to believe that Gingrich is smart enough to see through this.  His hatred of Romney for Iowa HAS to count for more than his ambition.

    Then again, if there is anything Newt might go for, it is a ham hand

  •  This Little Oopsie Isn't So Little. (1+ / 0-)
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    susanWAstate

    Willard has been running on having a well organized professional campaign that is fit to do battle, and contrasted it with Rick's bumbling failure to qualify in Virginia and half of Ohio. Good meme. Except gratuitously failing to kick Rick off the ballot in 3/4ths of Illinois destroys Willard's professional campaign organization meme. Especially given the risks the election poses, and the millions they'll spend to escape the state.

    "I never met a man I didn't like." Will Rogers - American Redneck

    by chuco35 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:09:21 AM PDT

  •  It will take an act of god,... (0+ / 0-)

    ...or Dick Cheney, for Mitt to become honest/consistent.

    Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 10:11:49 AM PDT

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