Like a pestering child who erupts in a hissy fit the moment the tables are turned, Republicans are whining about a potential problem they’re largely responsible for creating. Yes, a bevy of boo-hoos from the Grand Old Party are pouring in over the notion that President Obama and his alleged BFF – the media (dun, dun, dun) – are conspiring to use Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith against him. The first to say such was Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who told a crowd in Draper, Utah, “You watch, they’re going to throw the Mormon Church at him like you can’t believe it.”
Another Republican politician, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID), echoed Hatch’s sentiment, and went one step further to allege that the media was in cahoots with the Democrats and their “war on religion.” Labrador cited MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell as an example of this purported dastardly plan to assail Romney on faith.
The popular MSNBC host was criticized by many on the Right for denouncing Mormonism, and its founder, Joseph Smith, when he claimed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes.”
O’Donnell certainly has the right to his opinion about Mormonism, but how common sense deficient must one be to think he was commissioned by the White House to state it?
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