A damn black guy for 4 more years or a member of a religious cult in the White House? Such is the dilemma facing conservatives in 2012. It’s actually quite an interesting sociological study into the prejudices that so strongly control the Right.
That racism is deeply ingrained in the conservative movement is, of course, without question. The Birther “controversy” alone is concrete proof of the rabid hatred of Obama for not being white. Don’t believe me? Next time you come across one of these imbeciles, politely ask them how, since his mother was indisputably American, he is not one as well? She could have given birth in the middle of Soviet Russia and he would still be an American because his mother was. When they whine about his father being Kenyan, ask them, still politely, to provide the United States law that says a child born to an American and a citizen of another country is not an American.
At this point, the cursing will begin, they’ll block you or just pretend you never asked such a simple question. Go ahead! Try it! It’s funny as hell.
So, that’s the problem with the black guy: he’s freaking black! Throw in a dash of race mixing and you have the Right Wing bigots’ worst nightmare: A smart, charismatic, successful, far from poor, half white, half not angry black man sitting in the WHITE House.
The Mormon is a little more problematic and it’s going to be extremely difficult to speak in code about it. Mormonism is not a “mainstream” subset of Christianity. But there are still millions of Mormons in this country and they are as fervent in their beliefs as Michele Bachmann is in her husbands’ heterosexuality.
Yet, they are a tiny “cult” in comparison to “mainstream” Christianity and they have some truly divergent beliefs. But how do you attack Mitt Romney for being “different” without exposing yourself as a religious bigot? After all, Jews don’t even believe Jesus is the son of God. It doesn’t get much more divergent than that, yet the Right Wing simply adores the Jewish people! They always leave out the part where all the Jews are killed by a wrathful Jesus upon his Second Coming but, until then? BFFs!!!
But that deeply ingrained hatred of the “other” is so hard to overcome and Mormonism is so fundamentally different that the thought of electing one is making the faithful on the Right gag. Why do you think they are begging for someone, ANYONE, more palatable to enter the race, even at this late date?
As of right now, Mitt Romney is the obvious choice for the Republican nominee to run against Obama next year. Rick Perry is flaming out on stage as he’s revealed to be such an intellectual lightweight that even the “I’d drink a beer with him” crowd is shying away. Michele Bachmann is handicapped by having a uterus since the incredibly misogynistic Right will elect her about as quickly as they would Herman Cain, who had the misfortune of being born black. On the upside, both Bachmann and Cain will provide conservatives with enough material to falsely claim that they don’t hate women and blacks for decades even as they privately refer to them as the “cooz and the coon.”
That leaves Romney uncontested in a field of bleh.
So that’s going to be the choice: The black guy or the Mormon.
Who will the Right hate more? Will they despise Obama so much that they will hold their nose and vote for a Mormon? Or will they be so disgusted at the idea that they’ll just sit the election out?
How can you not be utterly fascinated by this peek inside the cesspool that is the collective conservative mind? I know I am!