Romney’s Mormon Surrogates Let Looseon July 1st, 2012 at 2:37 am
Mormons, Mormons everywhere, but not a drop of empathy anywhere. While most of the country celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision making President Obama’s Affordable Care Act constitutional, Mitt Romney’s Mormon surrogates were on a mission of their own. First up was Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah;
Lee, a former clerk to Justice Samuel Alito who attended the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in March, warned that anyone who supports the individual mandate will suffer “tremendous political consequences” and “political peril.” The senator added that if there is one Republican who will benefit from Thursday’s ruling, it’s Romney. Read more at Politico
It seemed as if everybody in Utah was upset by the decision;
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Rep. Utah) was quick to voice his opposition to the decision, claiming that most Americans want the law repealed. “The American people know that this law violates our deepest constitutional principles of limited government, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling today,” he said. He called the ACA a “power grab,” and complained that it was yet another form of taxation for Americans. Read more
All across the Mormon belt, Romney surrogates came out to beat up on the Supreme Court decision and President Obama;
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo today called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law “very disappointing,” and said, “It is not the ruling that the American people wanted.” Crapo said, “This law threatens our country’s financial strength and the American way of life.” Read more at the Spokesman Review
Mormon-rich Nevada came to Romney’s aid;
“This law has now been affirmed as a colossal tax increase on the middle class,” said U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in one of the first GOP reactions as Republicans renewed calls to repeal and replace the law. Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal
The reaction in the media was equally intense. Mormon Glenn Beck seemed to lose his mind when the verdict came down.
“Glenn Beck is very angry about the United States Supreme Court’s recent health care reform decision, and he seemed to suggest that violence may be an acceptable solution. Beck tells his followers to go on his website and purchase a $30 tee shirt. The shirt features a picture of Chief Justice John Roberts with the word “COWARD” underneath.” Read more at The Examiner
Romney’s loyal Mormon posse is also at the head of the lynch party going after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder;
Rep. Jim Matheson will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents pertaining to a failed Justice Department sting that let guns get into the hands of drug runners. Matheson, D-Utah, announced his position Tuesday, joining House Republicans, such as Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, who have railed against Holder’s reaction to the congressional probe into the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” operation. Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune
Chaffetz took the unprecedented step on Friday to announce that Republicans might arrest Holder if they don’t get what they want.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Friday raised the possibility that Attorney General Eric Holder could be placed under arrest now that he has been found in contempt of Congress. “I find it hard and dramatic to do, but look we want to get to the bottom of this. We’re serious about this. Read more at The Hill
All of this is quite alarming. Going after the Attorney General and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is extreme and unconscionable . How far will Romney and his surrogates go? Your guess is as good as mine.