In this case, the bigots are us: In a rather typical post, Digby ponders the fact that “more than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House.”
Digby states her conclusions. We think you can make out her point:
DIGBY (11/28/11): I think people have been misreading Romney's weakness as being his flip-flopping or his suspected moderation. In his case, the underlying suspicion that he isn't "one of them" meaning—Christian. And what's interesting about it is that it's politically incorrect to even mention it.Rachel thinks the process is fun; Digby thinks it’s fascinating. We marvel at people who react in such ways to our steady societal meltdown. Meanwhile, in a rather typical bit of analysis, Digby thinks that Romney’s electoral problem must reflect only one cause. It can’t be that some GOP voters don’t like his obvious ideological fraudulence while other GOP voters don’t care for his religion.
Has there ever been a more fascinating GOP primary? I don't ever want it to end.
Why can’t these people consider his hair, the way a top analyst would?
Within the comments, our tribe got busy doing what we do best—attacking the other tribe as bigots. One commenter did offer a warning. But this is a type of glorying comment well known within our tribe:
COMMENT: That 42 percent includes about 80 percent of the right wing nut base. mormons are heretics according to most orthodox american forms of christianity, many of which american christianities are also heresies by old standards. The right wing nut rule is to talk generic christianity and avoid actual religion, but that rule does not apply to the mormons. The VSP rule is to ignore religion and its use a a tool of political manipulation, except for the right's complaints of religious discrimination. Voila.Highly pleasing—and capped off in French! But uh-oh! The following passage occurs at the start of the report to which Digby refers. In this case, the bigots are us! Disproportionately, that is:
PUBLIC RELIGION RESEARCH INSTITUTE: A majority of voters (53%) report that they would be somewhat or very comfortable with a Mormon serving as President, although more than 4-in-10 (42%) say that a Mormon president would make them somewhat or very uncomfortable.That’s what the survey says. Of course, every good liberal knows what to do now. We must say that many of the Republican respondents just weren’t telling the truth!
Significantly more Democratic voters (50%) report feeling at least somewhat uncomfortable with a Mormon serving as president than Republican voters (36%) or Independent voters (38%).
For ourselves, we can’t say that we find the GOP primary to be fun or fascinating. We’d say the meltdown in the GOP process is a canary in the coal mine. Our nation’s culture is coming undone. In our view, our own dumb, unpleasant tribe is very much part of the process.
The other tribe is worse than we are. But if you watch cable of a very dumb evening, you can see that our tribe’s catching up.
What explains the data: If you read the report with care, you will note a fact we white liberals often forget:
Blacks and Hispanics are heavily Democratic. And these groups tend to be socially conservative.
Uh-oh! When we liberals pleasure ourselves by trashing those white southern bigots, we are frequently trashing values held by many blacks and Hispanics. We’re just too clueless to know such a thing.
This seems to be one of those cases.