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MSNBC Panel Mocks Photo of Romney Holding Adopted Black Grandson.

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An MSNBC panel cruelly ridiculed a Mitt Romney family photo showing the former Republican presidential candidate holding his adopted black grandson Kieran, conservative blogger Caleb Howe says.

The mockery came during Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, on which she hosted a panel of entertainers commenting on photos of the year.
The selection included a picture of the Romney family, and Harris-Perry solemnly remarked: “Everybody loves a baby picture, and this was one that really a lot of people had emotions about this baby picture this year.”

“This is the Romney family,” she went on. “And, of course, there on Gov. Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”

Panelist Pia Glenn then started singing in the background: “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” as other members guffawed.

“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” Glenn said.

“And isn’t he the most gorgeous?” Harris-Perry said. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West [daughter of reality star Kim Kardashian and singer Kanye West]. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”

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As panelists again burst into laughter, comedian Dean Obeidallah snarked: “I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,” the Washington Times reported. 

Howe hit back with his own snide observation of the panel.

“It’s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn’t, which is obviously hilarious. Because as everyone knows, the races should not mix,” he wrote.

“He’s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family’s values. Nope. He’s just a token. A punchline, not a person. But it’s funny, because Republicans are racist, see? So, it’s all fine!”

The panel’s comments drew strong criticism on Twitter and from MSNBC’s cable competitors.

Conservative commentator Ana Navarro said if the comments were made on Fox: “Jesse Jackson would be protesting and tied to a tree somewhere.”

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown also tweeted his disgust at the MSNBC panel, demanding an apology Monday night.

“MSNBC should apologize for this wildly inappropriate incident,” he wrote on his Twitter feed. “Viewers and the Romney family deserve better:”

On Twitter on Monday night, Glenn defended herself against fierce criticism over the comments:

But criticism of Obeidallah was intense, with one tweet noting:

There was no immediate comment to CNN after it said it reached out to both Romney and MSNBC.

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By Cathy Burke

Romney to Hannity: I Wasn’t Clear Enough How Bad Obama Was for America.

Nearly a year after his presidential campaign ended in failure, Mitt Romney says he wasn’t clear enough in 2012 on one basic message: how bad President Obama’s policies are for the American economy.

Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor admitted, “I did not make that message clear as I should have during my campaign.”

A Washington Post story on Tuesday revealed that Romney’s own polls throughout the campaign showed he was likely to lose to Obama, even though reports immediately after his loss showed his entire campaign was caught by surprise.

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He might not have won the nation’s highest office, but he still has advice for those currently in Washington.

Nothing will get done in government, he said, unless all parties come together. “And this president has not shown that inclination, frankly, since he’s been in office. And the country’s in the balance.”

With a government shutdown more than a week old and a debt ceiling  deadline looming, Romney said, “These are real concerns that will affect a lot of people, and the president’s got to engage and work in the job of governing, not just campaigning and posturing.”

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By Greg Richter

Romney Decries the ‘Political Dysfunction’ in Washington.

Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law and would like to see it “go away,” but said Friday he disagrees with how conservatives are trying to engineer that.

In an interview with CNN, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the the Affordable Care Act in the debate over a funding bill and debt ceiling rise is not effective — and counterproductive.

“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective,” he said. “I don’t think that will be as effective.”

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“The tactic of using a government shutdown to try and push that will be counterproductive politically, that it’s going to end up hurting our party, and it could well – it could be inconvenience, and hurt some individuals as well, and checks are late, and so forth,” said Romney.

Romney said he’d take a different tack.

“We’re all fighting for the same thing, to repair, replace, slow it down…,” he said. “I have a harder time seeing where a shutdown leads… there’s a better way of getting rid of Obamacare…delaying it by a year.

“The other would be potentially working hard to get Republicans elected to the House and Senate and they’d be able to do in a traditional way.”

Romney gave Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz credit for speaking for his 21-hour “quasi filibuster” and bringing attention to the issue.

Romney called GOP lawmakers’ demands over the debt ceiling — including a one-year delay of Obamacare, blocking certain business regulations, federal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating ash waste from coal fired power plants — “a tactical choice.”

Romney decried the “political dysfunction” in Washington.

“There’s no question that the political dysfunction is the cause of many of the problems of the country,” he said, noting that leadership is needed to “break through” it.

“And unfortunately, we haven’t seen the kind of leadership in the White House. The president spends his time attacking the opposition party.”

Romney bristled at the suggestion Obamacare compared with the health care law he championed while governor of Massachusetts.

“There’s some wonderful differences,” he said. “We don’t have in my state people losing jobs – 40-hour-week jobs, going down to 29.5-hour-week jobs as a result of the bill that we passed.”

He also said Massachusetts’ plan was never meant to be a national model.

“Let them do it in their own way,” he said of other states. “And if Vermont wants to be a single-payer, socialized medicine state, let them try it. We’ll learn from that experiment. But don’t have the federal government impose a one-size-fits-all plan on the entire nation because it will hurt people, and it is.”

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By Cathy Burke

Have We Rendered Ourselves Vulnerable to Deception?.

R. Loren Sandford
I’ve often said that, whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, religious or nonreligious, too many people no longer think. They just feel, and that rather mindlessly. While this has always been the case with human beings to some degree, I see it as an accelerating and destructive trend in our current culture and even—perhaps especially—in the church. Because we don’t think, we render ourselves vulnerable to deception and manipulation by whatever and whomever makes us feel something.
How many Christians today, for instance, pay attention to those portions of the Bible they like and feel while ignoring the portions they find difficult or that impinge on their personal conception of freedom and morality? We don’t think. We just feel, and we confuse feelings with truth rather than measure those feelings against an external and unchanging standard that can be rationally identified, understood and obeyed.
I recently was asked to pastorally address a situation in which a Christian man with a loving wife believed that God had told him to divorce her. Are you kidding me? Were the words of Jesus not clear enough? And this is not the first time I’ve encountered this kind of delusion. When we make law and morality relative to the feelings and opinions of the individual rather than live by absolutes handed down from a sovereign God, society inevitably collapses.
I write Bible study guides for the cell groups in my church, New Song Church and Ministries. I do it because I want my people to have solid resources at their fingertips based in solid biblical exegesis revealing the intended meanings of the authors and applying it to life.
A couple of years ago, I decided to examine some small group Bible study materials produced by a publisher I respected back in the mid-1970s when I was in seminary. I therefore ordered copies, hoping to lighten my workload. When they came, I was deeply disappointed to find they focused on questions like, “What does this verse make you feel?” or, “What do you feel this means?” I wouldn’t have been so disappointed if the material had provided responsible, content-rich answers to those questions, but it didn’t. People were left to make it mean whatever their feelings told them. Those books went directly to the dumpster.
I found the 2012 election cycle in the United States frightening. Why? Because I never saw or heard a really honest rational debate on the issues. Romney thought he could win on the merits of his record and the strength of his ideas, while he did what he could to make people fearful of Obama. Even as he presented his own ideas, Obama knew he could win by being the more charismatic of the two and by inflaming the passions of the populace. He could prevail by making people fear Romney and by making them feel he would do them more good than Romney, whether or not his record and his policies would substantiate the claim. Romney did his share of that as well, but the man with the charisma won by doing a better job of making people feel something.
Please understand that I’m not making a political statement here, and I’m not saying that Romney was right and Obama was wrong. Ultimately, history will render the verdict. I’m saying that, right or wrong, people win elections in this culture based on feelings rather than rational presentations of fact. No one will win public office who does not understand this and know how to work it. It’s a dangerous and slippery path we’ve fallen into, and it sets us up for all kinds of deception. A populace that will not think is a populace that can be manipulated. I can’t think of a single historical instance in which that didn’t ultimately end in disaster.
Israel found itself in a similar situation not long after leaving Egypt. Korah led a rebellion against Moses by inflaming the emotions of people facing hardship in the wilderness when they had been promised a land flowing with milk and honey. All Korah had to do to marshal their anger and fuel the rebellion was play upon their fears, their anxieties and their sense of disappointment that Moses hadn’t immediately led them to that Promised Land. Never mind the long string of miracles performed through Moses that had freed them from slavery. It wasn’t about rational thought and evaluation. It was about demagoguery through emotional manipulation. Korah and all who were with him perished, and so will we if we continue to throw our brains on the table and choose the same course.
Yes, we must be led by the Spirit, and, yes, that involves feelings, but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking and begin living by our unstable emotions, desires and inclinations as if those feelings were truth. God built us for better things. This is the One who said in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together.” God gave us minds with which to think things through, even in our relationship with Him.
We are witnessing the beginning of the catastrophic collapse of a once-great culture—not perfect, to be sure, but once-great nevertheless. Destruction comes, and I’m afraid it can no longer be stopped. Now is the time for Christians to stand firm on the foundation of the gospel, the Word of God once for all delivered, and to rise up as a beacon of love and redemption in a darkening world. Think! Then add to it godly passion, and we will rescue multitudes from a mounting tide of destruction.
Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ prophetic insights.
R. LOREN SANDFORDR. Loren Sandford is the founder and senior pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colo. He is a songwriter, recording artist and worship leader, as well as the author of several books, including Understanding Prophetic PeopleThe Prophetic Church and his latest, Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare, which are available with other resources at the church’s website.

Romney Warns GOP: ‘Exercise Great Care’ Against Gov’t Shutdown.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.

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Romney, 66, warned congressional Republicans against letting emotions drive their decisions.

“I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal. But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government,” Romney said in the first speech of its kind since his November election loss to Obama. “What would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty?”

He continued: “I’m afraid that in the final analysis, Obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy. I think there are better ways to remove Obamacare.”

Romney did not criticize anyone by name, but he dismissed the very strategy employed by some of his party’s biggest names — potential 2016 presidential candidates among them. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are urging Republicans to swear off voting for any year-end spending bill that includes money for the president’s health care law. Parts of the federal government would shut down on Oct. 1 if Congress doesn’t approve a short-term funding bill before then.

Several Republicans on Capitol Hill have attacked the plan to strip health care funding from the spending bill in unusually harsh language, although Romney has been silent on this — and virtually every other public debate — for much of the last nine months.

It’s unclear what role the former Massachusetts governor hopes to play for the GOP. He has hinted at a desire to remain an active voice on major policy debates, and he maintains ties to a powerful national fundraising operation.

His presence at the New Hampshire GOP fundraiser Tuesday night helped raise tens of thousands of dollars, according to organizers, which is considered a large haul for a state party so long before the next election. Donors paid between $100 and $1,500 and traveled from as far as California to attend the event, which was held at a lakeside mansion used in 2007 as a vacation home for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In his speech, Romney acknowledged that some Republicans may not care for his perspective given his recent loss.

“I’m probably not the first person you’d ask for advice,” he said. “But because we all learn from our mistakes, I may have a thought or two of value.”

He called on Republicans to “stay smart,” in part, by backing candidates who can win. And as the pool of potential candidates for the 2016 presidential contest begins to grow, Romney suggested that most are not electable.

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“My guess is that every one of the contenders would be better than whoever the Democrats put up,” he said. “But there will only be one or perhaps two who actually could win the election in November.”

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Santorum: GOP Leaders ‘Don’t Reflect Who We Are’.

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By Courtney Coren

Former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized his Republican Party Thursday, telling a conservative audience that GOP leaders do not “accurately reflect who we are.”

Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, Santorum said Republicans should stop talking to CEOs and “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck,” Politico reports. 

“Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said. “They reflect the interest groups around here who are lobbying for an advantage. Everyone who is up here is wanting an edge for their company or their industry. We’ve got to get away from that.”

Reflecting on last year’s presidential campaign, Santorum took issue with the way Mitt Romney and the party handled President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” gaffe.

He never mentioned Romney by name, but he said the party’s leaders should have invited more working-class individuals to speak at the national convention in Tampa instead of parading business leaders to talk about how they built their own companies, Politico reported.

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single, not a single, factory worker went out there,” he said. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company, too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

“When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking about a very small group of people,” Santorum said. “No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them.

“Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.”

Santorum also suggested that even nominating Romney was a mistake because Obamacare was modeled after the former Massachusetts governor‘s own state healthcare initiative, Politico reports.

He reminded the audience of several hundred people that GOP opposition to Obamacare drove voters to the polls in 2010 and helped the party take back the House of Representatives.

“I won’t go back and revisit why that was the case or who the better candidate was to do that, but suffice it to say the opportunity is going to present itself in the next year,” he said, noting that concerns over Obamacare still could help Republicans make gains in 2014.

He called on Republicans to be more outspoken about problems with the healthcare law.

“Why are they not sounding the alarm?” he asked. “Why are we not getting ahead of this train?”

Other speakers echoed some of Santorum’s concerns.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Romney rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, agreed the GOP needs to reach out more to “the average person Rick Santorum is talking about.”

“He is so absolutely right,” Huckabee said. “The Republican message is often so horizontally presented that people often get lost in that spectrum.”

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Romney: US Needs ‘Backbone’ in Handling China.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday that the United States needed “backbone” in dealing with China in light of recent reports of alleged spying and cyberattacks.

“This is a time for real backbone for our nation to come up against China and say: ‘Guys, you gotta play by the rules. You can’t manipulate your currency. You cannot hack into our computers, or there will be consequence,’” Romney told Neil Cavuto on Fox News. “You put everything on the table — not militarily, obviously — but soft power.”

And that may include trade tariffs, similar to those imposed this week by Europe on Chinese solar panels and other products.

“Clearly, trade is one of the places where you have consequence,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “You don’t want to have consequence in trade because that ends up costing us as well.

“You don’t want to see a trade war, but you can’t continue to allow people to abuse your own interests — without following international norms or international law — without there being some consequence.”

President Barack Obama is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a 200-acre estate in Southern California on Friday and Saturday. Obama is expected to seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyberspying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

“The reality is China is a major economic power,” Romney told Cavuto. “It will soon, over the next decade or two, pass us in terms of the size of their [gross domestic product]. They’re a very serious and significant competitor globally — and we’ve allowed them to manipulate their currency in a way that they’ve killed businesses in this country and killed a lot of jobs here.

“They’re taking advantage of us right now — and if we don’t set those rules and make sure they’re abiding by them now, we’ll never be able to do it a decade or so from now, when they won’t need us like they need us today,” he said.

Romney talked with Cavuto on the last day of his “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit” in Park City, Utah. Billed as an “ideas summit” for friends and supporters of the Romney campaign, the session brought together politicians and business leaders across the spectrum.

Among the Republicans attending were Romney’s 2012 vice presidential running mate, Sen. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; as well as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Democrats included former Clinton administration insider Erskine Bowles, longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“I wanted to bring together people actually from both sides of the aisle and people within each party who have different views about the priorities they think the nation should be pursuing,” Romney said.

The conclusion? “The priorities the Republicans were concerned about, the priorities Democrats were concerned about — the priorities are not being addressed.

“Instead, Washington is being pulled in a lot of different directions, but not doing what has to be done to get Americans to work, in good jobs, with better pay — and to secure a brighter future for our kids,” Romney said.

He told Cavuto that the Democrats in Utah this week were “gracious and willing to come and express their views. They were warmly received, even though we disagreed pretty vehemently on policy.

“But the funny thing is, we’re all Americans,” he continued. “We all care about the country. We get along on a personal basis. It’s helpful to have the kind of dialogue that looks for common ground and looks for common vision for the future.”

As for his own future, Romney said that did not include another run for the White House.

“We’ve got other people. I got my chance,” he told Cavuto. “I took my message to the American people. I wasn’t successful.

“It’s time for someone else to take their message to the people to see if they can be successful,” Romney added. “I’m optimistic about a Republican becoming the next president. I’m going to be working for our nominee, but I’m not running again.”

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By Todd Beamon

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