A Qualified Endorsement for Romney

It’s not often you hear about a group making a qualified endorsement. But Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-equality group in support of LGBT rights, issued a qualified endorsement for Mitt Romney yesterday: If LGBT issues are a voter's highest or only priority, then Gov. Romney may not be that voter's choice. … We believe Gov. Romney will make cutting spending and job creation his priorities, and, as his record as governor of Massachusetts suggests, will not waste his precious time in office with le … [Read more...]

The Hyped-up Claims over China

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney brought up economic issues related to China multiple times. Writing for The New Republic, John B. Judis looked into the seriousness of Romney’s claims. Judis concluded that “not only is Romney exaggerating the China threat, but he’s doing so at the expense of more, or equally, pressing economic and social issues.”According to Judis, a number of other issues affect China’s economic advantages over America. Cost of production is much lower … [Read more...]

Is Victory Within Reach for Romney?

By many accounts, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney outperformed incumbent President Barack Obama last Wednesday, October 3. Fox News headlined the results of a recent Rasmussen poll, which found Romney had a 49% lead over Obama's 47% standing.It should be noted, as Fox News does, that the poll was conducted prior to the debate. It should also be noted, though, that Fox's headline -- "Rasmussen Poll: Romney ahead 49-47 percent in first, full poll-debate survey" -- will easily mislead view … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Welcoming Mormonism into the Fold

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.By many accounts, one of the primary goals of this year’s Republican National Convention was to re-introduce Mitt Romney to his own party, and America at large, in an attempt to increase the likelihood of his being elected to the White House.In trying to cast Romney in a new light, some speakers have carefully broached the waters of Romney’s Mor … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan: The Man With A Plan

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Washington DC has a lot of silly “debate” lines that it uses to provide sound bites that don’t really say much of anything. For example:“I’m sorry if I offended anybody.” (Used to apologize for incredibly bad behavior) “My personal life is my business”  (Used to deflect significant propriety questions) “We have more questions that need to be answered.” (Used to keep a minor issue alive to encourage the public perception that the other side is hiding something) “They are playing party politi … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Staying Informed—and Sane—During Election Season

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Last week I touched on the subject of consuming news carefully and offered a few pointers on how to do so. If you’ll permit me, I’d like to offer a bit more advice this week—this time on ways to spend time leading up to November’s primary. The combination of two pieces I read today drove me to try to offer a bit more advice this week.The first … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Evangelicals, Immigration, and Mitt Romney

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.It’s heartening to see Evangelicals positively engaging in politics lately on the issue of immigration, though this engagement could lead to estrangement from the GOP.A wide range of evangelical leaders made national headlines last week after launching their Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform and holding a press conference about the … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: A Better Amercia With Mitt

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.Two weeks ago in my column Placing #ObamaInHistory, I sought to dismiss exaggerated criticism of the president over modifications to the White House presidential biographies. This week, a technological blooper—the misspelling of America in the "With Mitt" iPhone campaign app by Mitt Romney's campaign staff—compels me, for the present, to defend … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Who Cares if He Is Mormon?

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.At this point, I really don’t understand how anyone can still manage to convince themselves that the United States of America is a Christian nation.Sure there are some old traditions and phrases and songs that stretch back to our Christian heritage.  And yes, most (but certainly not all) of the great men and women who shaped our country his … [Read more...]


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