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September 10, 2012 3:04 PM More Relentless Focus on the Economy

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been widely observed that having spent his convention seeking to re-establish a strict campaign focus on the election as a referendum on Obama’s handling of the economy, Mitt Romney has proceeded to do a couple of things he just has to do which have the effect of blurring that focus: an endorsement/appearance with Iowa’s Steve King, and another with Pat Robertson, which featured a thundering Mitt riff on the Democrats’ alleged ejection of God from their platform.

But before Mitt can get back to those unemployment numbers, the next big event on the campaign calendar for the GOP ticket is the annual Christian Right festival sponsored by the Family Research Council, the Value Voters Summit, which will be held this weekend in DC. It’s not clear Romney himself will attend, but his wife is on the agenda, as is his running-mate, along with every social-issues-obsessed right-wing pol in Christendom.

Among the incredibly focused economic experts at the VVS will be (in order of scheduled appearance) Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint, Steve King, Gary Bauer, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Ollie North, Mike Huckabee, Jan Brewer, Ken Cuccinelli, William Boykin and Glenn Beck—plus, of course, FRC’s own ultimate warhorse Tony Perkins.

In the breakout sessions, there are some other big-time crusaders: Rick Scarborough on the “myth” of church-state separation, Frank Gaffney teaching “Radical Islam 101,” and American Family Association research director Ed Vitagliano on the persecution of Christians.

Only Todd Akin is missing, and who knows, he may show up and work the hallways for contributions.

This will be the Cultural Right’s final big national opportunity to remind the Romney campaign and the national media that its priorities are binding on the GOP, and its ground-troops are essential to victory. Should be a fine show.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Mark_NC on September 10, 2012 3:12 PM:

    So, they finally have gotten to their REAL agenda.

    About time!

  • c u n d gulag on September 10, 2012 3:17 PM:

    "Among the incredibly focused economic experts at the VVS will be (in order of scheduled appearance) Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint, Steve King, Gary Bauer, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Ollie North, Mike Huckabee, Jan Brewer, Ken Cuccinelli, William Boykin and Glenn Beck—plus, of course, FRC’s own ultimate warhorse Tony Perkins."

    With THAT cast, why don't they have this on Holloween?

    Oh yeah, it'll scare the children.

    All of those speakers, and not three brain cells or one heart between all of them.

  • boatboy_srq on September 10, 2012 3:24 PM:

    I wonder if there are any empty seats in Vitagliano's session: if he's covering the persecution of Xtians, and his material is more recent than arenas-and-lions stuff, it might be instructive.

    These are the same Xtians, remember, who try to get all Christendom all outraged over the least infringement of Xtian wingnuttery as if all Christians were somehow affected - especially when the Xtians are doing something most Christians would loudly denounce if they encountered it firsthand. Well past time the rest of us got wise and stopped falling for that trick.

  • bmoodie on September 10, 2012 3:30 PM:

    A nice addendum to your post: Think Progress notes that, the day after meeting with Romney, Pat Robertson joked about that a guy might want to Saudi Arabia so that he can beat his insufficiently submissive wife:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/pat-robertson-encourages-man-to-move-to-saudi-arab

  • Lifelong Dem on September 10, 2012 3:50 PM:

    ... OLLIE NORTH? VALUES?

  • Michael Barber on September 10, 2012 4:10 PM:

    All this talk about the economy certainly hasn't included economists or global market experts in the dialogue. I have only heard from politicians and talking heads blabbing their maws off with absolutely NO EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE in their so called pitches/commentary. We live in a global economy now and that never seems to come up in their conversations. One President of one country doesn't have control over world markets and many Americans don't seem to question their political party's representatives about that fact. Let's get real people, we live in a globalized economy and can only do so much to affect it. Here's a another take on our economic situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KYPvaC831xY

  • boatboy_srq on September 10, 2012 4:11 PM:

    @bmoodie:

    Wow. Spousal abuse. Teh Funny.

    Any suggestion that these Reichwingnutjobs actually care about the oi polloi in a meaningful way just keeps getting shot down by their own rhetoric. The "values" these people advocate sound wonderful - for obscenely wealthy, born-again baptized-by-full-immersion Xtian, caucasian hetero males working in the private sector (preferably in finance or on defense contracts). For the rest of us, not so much.

    Interesting that Robertson said that after meeting with Romney. Perhaps there's something about Ann that we need to know?

  • grandpa john on September 10, 2012 4:32 PM:

    heh, heh Attendees Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint, Steve King, Gary Bauer, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Ollie North, Mike Huckabee, Jan Brewer, Ken Cuccinelli, William Boykin and Glenn Beck—plus, of course, FRC’s own ultimate warhorse Tony Perkins.
    and not a true Christian in the bunch, Boy are the going to be surprised on the day of reckoning when they all find themselves sitting on the front row of Hell, where Satan will personally thank them for their good work in promoting his cause.

  • Zinsky on September 10, 2012 4:45 PM:

    Pray for a large meteor to obliterate everyone at the event.

  • Peter C on September 10, 2012 4:54 PM:

    It is odd not to see Rick Santorum on that list. Is it too much to hope that he's now seen as a complete loser?

    Republicans REALLY don't like losers. That's why Jim DeMint hacked the Democratic primary in 2010. We wasn't taking any chances.

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