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July 23, 2012

BREAKING! Mitt Romney's Views Are "American-centric" And Wait For It.....He's A MORMON!

Remember Washington Post writer Jason Horowitz and the discredited "Romney hates teh gheys because he cut some kids hair in high school" story? Instead of firing him for that piece, the Post has apparently made him their go-to Romney biographer.

In today's installment of The Life of Mitt we learn a number of things....

First, Romney is a Mormon (bet you didn't know that) and that's he's actually traveled and done business around the world.

Romney, fond though he is of singing “America the Beautiful” and describing the “special gift” of his nationality, is, himself, no stranger to the wider world. His 21 / 2-year mission to France shaped his Mormonism. The internationalism at Harvard accented his education. His foreign travel as a young consultant, the early Central American investment in Bain Capital and the windfall he received from deals in Italy all boosted his signature business. He uses his chairmanship of the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, literally the world’s games, as Exhibit A to make his case as a turnaround artist.

Of course that's supposed to make the hick tea party types worried about him or something. But don't think he'll appeal to Obama's cosmopolitan elite base, no sir! No chance of that.

This week, Romney is to attend the Olympic opening ceremonies in London and make stops in Israel and Poland. The trip offers him a platform to highlight his extensive travel as a salesman of American-centric beliefs, but it also serves as a reminder that the world has curved Romney’s trajectory

"American-centric beliefs"? Can't say I've ever heard that phrase before. I guess I naturally figured anyone running for President would have beliefs that were shaped by being an American and fit with traditional American values. Apparently this is a separate thing only Mitt has. At the risk of being a racist I must ask, where are Obama's beliefs centered?

But don't get hung up on that because BREAKING: Mitt's a Mormon who speaks a little French. Of course all he knows is memorized bits of Mormon (he is a Mormon you know) theology. And for fun, our man at the Post quote a random bit that might just, accidentally of course, remind people Mormons are a little different than traditional US Christians.

Romney arrived in July 1966, learning the language in a Normandy class that emphasized the memorization of French along with proselytizing conversation and reciting of Joseph Smith’s 13 Articles of Faith (“10: Zion (the new Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent . . .”).

I wonder why Horowitz picked that Article and not say, numbers 1, 3 or 13?

1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Just a coincidence that he picked out one of the most, um, unusual, articles of the faith.

There's more, it's a long piece, but you get the gist.

Of course there's nothing wrong with biography pieces on candidates but the four web-pages worth of information on Romney in this one article is far more than we heard about Obama's college years (except for unquestioned, cherry-picked quotes from his books) and certainly more than we heard about the beliefs of Reverend Wright.

I keep coming back to this notion of Romney's "American-centric beliefs". If that's so noteworthy to Horowitz, we're left to wonder (being racists) where Obama's beliefs come from and why they aren't the subject of such a long and inquisitive story.

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