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February 1, 2009

Romney-Palin in 2012?

Within the last day or two, somewhere I saw “Romney-Palin in 2012.”  In a previous post, I listed four qualifications for elected officials:

  1. conservative principles
  2. integrity
  3. intelligence
  4. initiative

Both Romney and Palin are going to have to prove to me that they meet the first qualification.

Over the last few years, Romney has changed some of his views (flipped), and I’m not aware that he has changed any of them back (flopped).  However, even though he has moved to the right, the health care/insurance plan he instituted in Massachusetts leads me to believe he’s a big-government Republican rather than a true conservative.

Palin is going to have to explain how a conservative could agree to be McCain’s running mate and retain her integrity.

The biggest barrier, though, to Romney becoming the GOP’s presidential candidate is the religious bigotry of some evangelicals on the right.



  1. Palin falls down sharply at the “intelligence” barrier.

    Comment by futiledemocracy — February 1, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  2. I honestly don’t think Romney/Palin ticket is electable. I think Romney is basically a good person who posses integrity, initiative, and intelligence. I am not going to way in on how conservative he is because I don’t know enough about his political record. One of Romney’s biggest problems is his religion, it’s a huge liability. The religious bigotry against mormons is not reserved to the extreme far right evangelicals, but it spills over to those who don’t even consider themselves religious. Most African Americans don’t like the LDS Church because of its history in dealing with them. Many LDS Prophets have said crude things in regards to African Americans and the church itself didn’t even allow African American males to enter into the priesthood until 1978. The LDS Church says that this is in the past, along time ago, things have changed. This wasn’t the case with other church’s during the same timeframe, i.e. the Quakers. Levi Coffin, a Quaker and major player in the underground railroad, was in the trenches and helped thousands to safety. Mormons did nothing to help them. So, I don’t think Romney could get the African American vote. I love Sarah Palin, she was the best thing that ever happened to John McCain. I think gender is more a stumbling block than race when it comes to the presidency.

    Comment by Noelle McMahon — February 2, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  3. I’m not aware of any “crude things” LDS Prophets have said about African Americans. Could you please provide the source(s) for those comments?

    Your criticism about Latter-day Saints not helping with the underground railroad is not a fair one. The LDS Church was founded in 1830. Between then and 1847, when the first pioneer company made the trek from Iowa to Utah, members of the LDS Church were persecuted in and driven out of Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. From then through the end of the Civil War, they were struggling to survive in Utah, which was not a state at the time, or immigrating from other countries to Utah.

    Comment by Sofie — February 2, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

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