Sunday, February 27, 2011

More on the Newt

More on the Newt now running for the Republican presidential slot in 2012:

And Jeff Zeleny has an article in today's New York Times suggesting that, just as I have foreseen, Gingrich is now seeking to position himself as the Catholic candidate par excellence, to play to the religious right.  And that to some of Newt's fellow Catholics for whom right-wing politics trump the niceties of theology and morality, it won't matter a whit that he preaches about the sanctity of one-man-one-woman-for-life marriage--against the gays--even though he has been married three times.  With affairs in between.

And speaking of potential Republican presidential candidates trying to jockey for the favor of the religious right, Judge Andrew Napolitano certainly backed the oily, pseudo-avuncular but mean-as-a-snake Mike Huckabee into a corner yesterday, in an interesting discussion of the constitutionality of DOMA.  As Frances Martel notes, though Rev. Huckabee began his argument with the disclaimer that he's not a lawyer, that didn't cause him to miss a beat, as he immediately asserted that the Obama administration's DOMA decision is "legally wrong."

The 2012 election cycle is going to be interesting to watch.  I predict it will be one of the slimiest, most unabashedly mendacious eruptions of religious and moral hypocrisy by so-called defenders of religion that we've seen in a long time on the American political scene.  The big question: will the American people finally open their eyes to what these folks really intend--to the way in which they are acting as front men for corporate groups whose real agenda has nothing at all to do with the sanctity of marriage or the defense of life, but everything to do with consolidating their control of the political process and enriching themselves even more, at our expense?

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