Newsreel 01/07

In the news this week…

  • The big news item of the week is, of course, the Iowa Caucus, where Romney squeezed out Santorum (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist) by just eight votes.
  • …Or did he? Some statisticians have rightly pointed out that eight votes is well within the margin of error for an election of this magnitude, especially one counted by hand, so it would probably be more accurate to say that Romney and Santorum tied.
  • After finishing in sixth place, Michele Bachmann dropped out. Jena McGregor writes, for the Washington Post On Leadership blog, that Iowa Republicans weren’t ready to elect a woman, so “it was Rick Santorum who walked away with the evangelical vote.”
  • Ralph Reed at CNN’s Belief Blog disagrees, arguing that “Iowa caucus results puncture myth of ‘evangelical vote,’” revealing evangelical voters to be more complex, sophisticated, and diverse than they’ve been made out to be – and therefore, perhaps, less influential of a voting bloc.
  • Despite his (sort of) win in Iowa, Romney still faces anti-Mormon rhetoric from within his party. Judy Manning, a Republican George State Representative, said outright this week that although Romney is “a nice man,” she is “afraid of his Mormon faith” – but, of course, “It’s better than a Muslim.” In the same article, she is also quoted using the word “pluralism” to mean “polygamy.” It’s definitely worth a read for that gem alone.
  • In another article, Georgia’s crazy-lady-in-residence also claimed (incorrectly) that Mitt Romney had performed over a hundred same-sex marriages while governing Massachusetts.
  • Speaking of polygamy and sex-sex marriages, Rick Santorum can’t tell the difference and thinks both are terrible.
  • During a radio interview with Santorum, the interviewer commented that “we don’t need a Jesus candidate; we need an economic candidate.” Santorum responded defiantly, “We always need a Jesus candidate.
  • And the Jesus candidate we need is, of course, Rick Santorum – who, as Dean Obeidallah compellingly argues in a CNN opinion piece, essentially wants to impose a Judeo-Christian version of Sharia law. Oh, the irony.
  • And speaking of irony, we’ll wrap up with this piece of candy: a Florida Republican man recently ran for his local Republican Party Executive Committee and was shut out for being Muslim and, therefore, a terrorist.

Did you spot a story we missed? Share it in the comments!

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