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To: mmanager

Mickelson has a valid point that Mitt seems
to miss...

By avoiding the elephant in the room (mormonism),
it makes Mitt look evasive and uncomfortable with
who he professes to be. It appears that way to
voters.

My own theory is that voters need to believe that
when they hear a candidate talk, he really believes
what they are hearing him say. Those with strong
convictions are recognized - and this is an “internal
consistency” test voters apply.

Clinton had a unique way of dealing with this...

He is such an accomplished liar, that when voters heard
him speak, they really believed that he believed the
things he was saying.

If Mitt continues this path, it makes him look evasive,
shifty, inconsistent, etc. I am not saying he is. But
it appears that he knows mormonism is such an issue that
he is avoiding talking about it in order to not make it
the focus. This will not be the easiest thing to deal
with no matter which path he takes.

I actually think he handled himself well, generally.
His problem was when he reacted to the suggestions
instead of hearing what Mickelson was trying to
communicate. How can he be an effective CEO, if he
doesn’t know how to listen???

Standard Disclosures Apply: I won’t vote for anyone
in a cult for POTUS, etc.

best,
ampu


20 posted on 08/04/2007 3:55:15 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Mickelson has a valid point that Mitt seems to miss...By avoiding the elephant in the room (mormonism), it makes Mitt look evasive and uncomfortable with who he professes to be. It appears that way to voters.

Oh, really. Tell me then, what was Mickelson's purpose in asking Romney to address his allegation that as someone who was once pro-choice, Romney was subject to excommunication from the LDS church?

It's a skillful, but devious, "Do you still beat your wife?" question. If Romney agreed he was subject to being expelled, he would look less pious of a Mormon, which would be bad for his image. If Romney disagreed (as he did), Mickelson could accuse him of being ignorant and/or disingenuous about the tenets of his own faith.

Then Mickelson had the gall to suggest that he's only trying to help. Like hell.

But it appears that he knows mormonism is such an issue that he is avoiding talking about it in order to not make it the focus.

It shouldn't be the focus! Instead of repeating like a robot that Mormonism is all anyone wants to talk about, why not move past it and talk about REAL issues, as Romney is trying to do?

Romney's Mormonism is just as relevant to what he would do as President as whether or not Hillary would have either PMS or hot flashes. Nobody's bringing that up, as well they shouldn't. So why are you egging on the dumbing down of the electorate?

332 posted on 08/07/2007 12:19:27 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Has George W. Bush been taking Carter's Little Pills?)
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