The left will pound the Mormon religion on its history and on opposition on Gay Marriage in California DaTechGuy 2/1/12

It doesn’t matter how “moderate” any GOP candidate is, said candidate will be painted as a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, religious fanatic. DTG 2/2/12

if Romney is the general election candidate the left and the media will be going whole hog on the “Mormons are creepy” business and they will be playing it in the south in an attempt to depress the GOP vote while trying to excite Black voters, particularly in the south (remember the African American’s for Obama business) in the hopes of stealing a state or two. DTG 3/7/12

Can’t you see the five-part New York Times series on the history of Mormonism? Can’t you see Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News and David Gregory on Meet the Press doing Serious Journalism about all the beliefs and practices of the LDS, and ponderously asking What It Means for America? Robert Stacy McCain 3/6/12

And Right on cue….

Washington Post 4/2/13: Romney confronted over Mormon doctrines

CNN 4/2/12: Romney fields hostile question on Mormonism

Politico 4/2/12: Romney bats away Mormonism question

The Hill 4/2/12: Romney pressed on Mormonism, race at Wisconsin campaign event

Mediate 4/2/12: Romney Quickly Shoots Down Audience Member’s Question About Book Of Mormon

ABC 4/2/12: Mormon Question Sparks Tense Moment During Mitt Romney Town Hall

From the ABC story:

Hatch later told reporters that he is a Ron Paul supporter and had come to the Romney event to find out if the candidate believed in the Book of Mormon. “Either he believes the Book of Mormon, or he doesn’t,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to. So either he believes it, and he believes what these things say right here, or he doesn’t. And from what I understand he just denounced his faith up there.”

“I think that’s an important issue,” said Hatch. “He’s going up against a black guy! He’s going against Obama. This is a racial issue.”

For those naive enough or foolish enough to actually believe defeating Santorum would make sure Religion would not be an issue in this campaign Stacy McCain provides the explaination:

As long as the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) saw the GOP nomination being in doubt, Romney’s status as a bishop in the LDS church was treated as off-limits, except when it was used as a club to clobber evangelical Christian voters for their supposed anti-Mormon prejudice.

By contrast, recall how often Rick Santorum’s support for Catholic doctrine — especially his church’s opposition to artificial contraception — was a frequent subject of mainstream media “controversy.”

Now that Democrats are near-certain that Romney is the nominee, however, the media is going to start covering Mitt’s Mormonism in a very serious way — “Oh, look, he’s a fringe kook!” — as if this were an entirely legitimate topic of political discussion.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

When I first heard Sarah Palin was going to be co-hosting the Today Show Tuesday, my first thought was:

“This has to be an April Fools trick.”

Once I was convinced that this was for real my second thought was:

“Why on earth is Sarah Palin giving NBC the benefit of her ratings draw when they and their sister network MSNBC treat her as a joke.”

After all NBC understands that Palin is a huge ratings draw and up against Katie Couric and even bigger one. Tens of Thousands of viewers will turn into the Today Show that never did in the past, they will happily take the day of ratings to embarrass Couric on ABC and to get the numbers. Why should Palin give her enemies his gift?

Now that I’ve had a day to sleep on it without my taxes hanging over my head it hits me that Palin has set a trap and has put NBC and MSNBC has fallen in it.

Consider: The MSM has a history of ignoring any substantive or actual statement of Sarah Palin for the sake of their “Sarah Palin is an idiot” message. They ignored her speech in Wisconsin at the height of the protests in the state, ignored her big foreign policy speech in Denver. Just weeks ago MSNBC’s Morning Joe spent over a week on the HBO fiction “Game Change” while ignoring the Obama administrations attack on Palin and her substantive reply.

However on Tuesday the viewership of the Today show, who in the past has only seen Sarah though the filter of the MSM will see Palin without distortion. As her daughter Bristol put it on her blog:

She’ll be a totally unique presence, won’t she? (Just try to think of anyone else like her on television !)

No there is not. When the Today show audience tunes in they will see a confident intelligent conservative woman who is the total opposite of what they have been told and her very presence will make liars of all of those who have painted conservative women in general and Sarah Palin in particular as an idiot, as I wrote last year:

watching Palin in context tends to make people like her.

It will undo years of propaganda that the viewers have been fed, but the worse effect will be on the network itself.

For NBC the Palin ratings will be like the free samples of an addictive drug. One hit will not be enough, the number crunchers, the people who sell the ads will be asking: ” Can we get those ratings again? Might we tempt Palin to return?

One they get a taste of the ratings the network will be under immense pressure to try to get Palin back on a regular basis, either for Today or for another show, and as long as the carrot of that dynamic is in play, what will the MSNBC “talent” on their low rated cable network do? Will the people above want them to risk the chance of the coup or more properly, what will they be allowed to do?

It should be fun.

Saturday’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio featuring Generation Opportunity and my comments on the Limbaugh Whitewashing and Anna Maria College is now available here.

Also I hope you caught Friday’s Under the Fedora column at both the Minority Report and the Conservatory, here is a peek:

Scott Brown’s office gave us tickets to the Senate and House Galleries. I didn’t have time to hit the House, but I did attend the Senate during a vote. Two things stood out:

The Actual Senate chamber is a lot smaller than it seems on TV.

I watched John Kerry enter the chamber, and was amazed to see that he carried himself with the same arrogance among his fellow Senators as he does among the voters. I guess that’s just him.

My latest Under the fedora will be up in a day or so.

On yesterday’s show I heard about the Kerfuffe concerning Ted Kennedy’s widow Bishop McManus of Worcester and Anna Maria College:

A small Catholic college that invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement has rescinded the offer under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who described her apparent political views as out of line with Catholic teachings.

Some might wonder why Mrs. Kennedy might not be considered an appropriate commencement speakers for a Catholic College, I know one blogger who managed to figure it out:

Gee, lets see Mrs. Teddy, You are publicly pro-choice. Your late husband is symbolic of Obamacare. Remember the calls: “Do it for Uncle Teddy”? I do. You remember Obamacare Mrs. Teddy don’t you? The law that is part and parcel of the federal government trying to force its views on the Catholic Church. The faith that you find so important that believes that life begins at conception. That birth control and abortions go against God’s will. That both you and your late husband have worked all your adult lives to not only make legal, but to ever expand it.

My exposure to the story was via the AP read on the station and a story in the Worcester Telegram I’m seeing the Boston Globe story for the first time today as I write this and the following paragraph is very telling emphasis mine:

Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement today placing the decision at the feet of Bishop Robert J. McManus and saying it still believes Kennedy is an appropriate choice.

Given my own history with Anna Maria College that last sentence doesn’t surprise me at all. When I took my son there for a college visit three years ago and found a College so secular that when I got a letter from Bishop McManus encouraging me to send my son there for a “Catholic Education” I wrote him saying:

I can’t reconcile your description of Anna Maria with what I saw and I can’t believe you would make that description after visiting the college yourself. While academically I believe it would be strong I don’t believe attending would foster his faith, in fact I suspect if he choose to wear his faith proudly it would go hard on him there.

The Bishop forwarded the letter to the college’s president who wrote me back assuring me:

Please know that we proclaim and practice our core identity as a Catholic and sisters of St. Anne institution in the classroom, through our programs and services, and in our practices on and off campus

That the college didn’t, and still doesn’t, see what the problem was is no shock, after all their Catholic Vision didn’t include a presence at any of the Catholic Men’s Conferences, or official presences at the 40 days for life or the Vigil for Unborn life…

…but in the end the college DID defer to the Bishop. That shows there is a glimmer of hope that the promise of their posted goals including:

Celebrating and affirming the College’s Catholic identity through programs, events and public statements.

still lives.

The first step is turning something around is to change direction. If this is the first public step to change that direction than I congratulate them for it. The college is going to be assaulted without mercy in the local, state and national press for this and these guys are going to need people to back them up and encourage them.

I’ll include them in my prayers, If you are Catholic, I suggest you do too. And to those at the college who are going to have to withstand the assault of the MSM remember the promised assault is part of the job description:

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

but comes with promised rewards

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12