Monday, September 24, 2012 at 04:43PM
One would think that, with many voters questioning whether Mormons are really Christians, the last thing Republicans would want is for a pastor to take to the podium at a Republican gubernatorial debate and urge voters to only vote for Christians.
However, that's just what happened in early September when Election Law Chair (and homosexual hunter) David Bates lined up Windham Pastor Shawn Foster to speak at the debate between Ovide LaMontagne and Kevin Smith in early September.
You probably didn't read this in the Union Leader (one could wonder why), but it was featured in a top of the page one story in the Monitor, and it certainly paints Republicans in less than favorable light.
Here's what Foster said as Ovide and Smith looked on, "It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for our rulers."
No Jews need apply?
No Mormons need apply?
If not, then I guess the Grand Old Party is in Grand Old Trouble, and this is written by someone who is running for State Rep as a Republican (Manchester Ward 8).
This latest blemish on the party comes on top of NH Republican leader DJ Bettencourt having to resign in disgrace, of Speaker O'Brien refusing to allow Concord Monitor reporters at press conferences (just one of his many tyrannical acts), of a Republican State Rep candidate's daughter being caught stealing signs, of the Akin flare-up in New Hampshire, and the Szabo buffoonery right here in New Hampshire, of Romney's 47 percent quote which his Vice President had to defend as not well stated.
It goes on and on. The GOP is losing it. While the WMUR/Granite State poll has Obama up by five in New Hampshire, Rasmussen has Romney up three, but how can Romney do well here with pastors preaching Christian values.
Last December, I predicted Romney would be the next President, but now, I'm not so sure.
Bates and Pastor Foster may have hammered in the final nail of the Romney/GOP coffin here in New Hampshire.
By sheerest coincidence, I'm in the process of finishing Daivd Remini's massive (800 page) 1997 biography of New Hampshire native Daniel Webster (I'd promised myself to read a Webster bio for years, and this is deemed among the best).
I refer yo to page 688. Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 failed as an omnibus bill with only the section of Utah surviving. (Senator Stephen Douglas went on to bring the provisions back one by one and get them passed).
Here's the pertiennt quote from Remini. Once you read it, you'll know how Mormons were thought of back in 1850 and (with the likes of Bates and Foster set loose upon an unsuspecting public), may still be thought of today.
Page 688--fourth paragraph down--
"Two weeks later, on July 31, what Webster most feared occurred in the Senate chamber: the omnibus bill went down to defeat. One after the other, the various parts of the bill were killed with only the Utah territory provision surviving. "All gone but Utah," cried the jubilant Thomas Hart Benton (a senator opposed to the bill). "He had routed Clay! He had smashed his Omnibus to atoms." Seward (another Senate opponent and Lincoln's future Secretary of State) danced around the room like a top. The "Mormons alone got thru' living," commented Elizabeth Lee, "the Christians all jumped out>"
In other words, Mormons were not considered Christians.
One can only wonder what David Bates and Pastor Foster would think about that...if they ever bother to think.
Whatever anyone thinks, it's certainly one of the stupidest comments ever for a pastor to urge Republicans to only vote for Christians as Pastor Foster (a Bates favorite) seemed to do with gubernatorial candidates Ovide LaMontagne and Kevin Smith looking on in early September.
You just can't make this stuff up!
No wonder Republicans tried to distance themselves from Foster's comment! (Debate organizer Cory Lewandowski, of Americans for Prosperity, was quoted in the Monitor as saying he had not seen Foster's comments beforehand. Go figure!
No wonder Bates decided not to run again!
No wonder the Republican brand name is held in such low repute!
No wonder even Republican insiders are expecting the worst these days!
A little more such idiocy from the likes of Bates and Paster Fosters, and all Republicans will be doomed.