Mitt Gets Worse

You could pretty much replace the entirety of Mitt Gets Worse, a punnily-named campaign to get out the word about the Republican presidential nominee’s attitudes and record on queer rights, with a webpage reading “Christ, what an asshole.” Because what other response is there to this sort of thing:

Oh, that’s right. The other response is to go give a few bucks toward reelecting President Barack “DADT repeal” Obama.

(Hat tip to Queerty.)◼

The Three Laws of Mitt Romnics

Mitt. Photo by davelawrence8.

Following up on my tweet from yesterday, here’s my best guess at the Three Laws of Mitt Romnics. (With deepest apologies to the memory of Isaac Asimov.)

(1) Mitt Romney may not injure a corporation or, through inaction, allow a corporation to come to harm.
(2) Mitt Romney must obey the orders given to him by conservative Christians, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
(3) Mitt Romney must protect his own integrity as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

In the spirit of nerdy completeism, the Zeroth Law of Mitt Romnics is, of course: Do whatever it takes to get elected President.◼

The GOP’s testing religiosity

In this week’s New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg chews through the respective religious protestations of GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Hertzberg seems more perplexed than irritated by Huckabee (perhaps he hasn’t read about Huck’s Christian Reconstructionist supporters), but he takes Romney’s over-hyped “faith speech” to pieces:

Indeed, the only “religion” that Romney had anything rude to say about was “the religion of secularism.” … Secularism is not a religion. And it is not true that “freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom,” as Romney maintained. What freedom, including religious freedom, requires is, precisely, secularism—which is to say, state neutrality in matters of religion.

Amen to that.