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It seems to me that if the MSM wants to make sure conservatives rally to Governor Romney, there’s no better way than to keep running stories like the AP piece on polygamy that Nancy mentioned. Check out this transcript from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show:

Boy, they are out for Mitt Romney! I saw this over the weekend: “While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate’s great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12. Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of Mitt Romney.” This is an AP story by Jennifer Dobner and Glen Johnson. “Romney’s great-grandmother, Hannah Hood Hill, was the daughter of polygamists. She wrote vividly in her autobiography about how she ‘used to walk the floor and shed tears of sorrow’ over her own husband’s multiple marriages. Romney’s great-great grandfather, Parley Pratt, an apostle in the church, had 12 wives.
“In an 1852 sermon, Parley Pratt’s brother and fellow apostle, Orson Pratt, became the first church official to publicly proclaim and defend polygamy as a direct revelation from God… Other Mormons have run for the White House, including Romney’s father in 1968 and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in 2000. But Mitt Romney’s stature as a leading 2008 contender has renewed questions about his faith and its doctrines.” This is unbelievable! How many wives has Romney had? He may be the one guy in the race that’s only had one. Rudy’s been divorced. McCain’s been divorced. I don’t know about some of the others, but why are they doing this? You might ask: Why this kind of a hit piece on Mitt Romney? Obviously they’re afraid of the guy. They’re trying to destroy him. This is just classic Drive-By Media stuff that is designed to cause problems for Romney when he doesn’t promote this; he doesn’t advocate it; he has not lived it. How many of you have a family member or two whose lives, were they to be made public, well, maybe not embarrass you — well, yes, embarrass you. As Ross Perot said, “We all have at least one crazy aunt in the basement,” crazy uncle or what have you. We’re not supposed to analyze the religion of anybody else, but here we go analyzing Mitt Romney’s in this really despicable fashion.
Let me explain the difference in this Mitt Romney business and the way Democrats are treated in this regard. Ted Kennedy’s father — we’re not talking about a great-grandfather or great-great grandfather; we’re talking about father. Ted Kennedy’s father was a Third Reich sympathizer. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to pull him as ambassador of the Court of Saint James. (For those of you in Rio Linda, that’s Great Britain.) He had to pull him out of there because he was a sympathizer to the Third Reich. Now, we don’t hold this against Teddy. Teddy had nothing to do with that. Just as we don’t hold Mitt Romney’s grandfather, or great-grandfather, against him. But the lib media, the Drive-Bys, are definitely trying to do that. You take a look at who the media really goes after and you’ve gotta wonder whether there’s fear there, fear driving it. Well, they just want to destroy every conservative they can. It’s just part and parcel of the agenda that exists.

Rush, incidentally, has previously slammed Governor Romney along with Senator McCain and Mayor Giuliani, expressing his dismay over that group as the “top three” for the GOP in 2008. I’m not a regular listener of his show, but the above seems to be one of the more positive things he has said about Governor Romney. So, um, thanks, intrepid AP writers, for doing more than all of EFM’s nearly 600 posts to drive El Rushbo toward our camp.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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