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The not-Mitt summit

A whole day has passed since the Iowa caucus and watching the fall out of the results has been interesting, to say the least. First, there was the ungracious “concession” speech by Newt Gingrich, a temper tantrum lasting through the following day. Then, Rush Limbaugh, in his monologue, accused the Iowa GOP of delaying the counting of the final ballots so they could steal the caucus for Mitt Romney. Also, a group consisting of top conservative leaders are organizing an emergency meeting this week-end to form a consensus for one Republican candidate. An invitation was sent reading:

 You and your spouse are cordially invited to a private meeting with national conservative leaders of faith at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler near Brenham, Texas, with the purpose of attempting to unite and to come to a consensus on which Republican presidential candidate or candidates to support, or which not to support

The list of invitees includes many from the “religious right.” They include:

  • James Dobson, founder of Faith in Family
  • Richard Land,  president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  • Kelly Shackleford,  president and CEO of Liberty Institute
  • John Hagee, Worldwide Ministry Pastor
  • Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association

While Gary Bauer, former presidential candidate, claims the meeting is not part of a ”Stop Mitt” movement and states he will withdraw his participation if the meeting turns into such a thing. a source for the Dallas Morning News states; ‘”One thing unites all in this group – Romney is not their guy.”

It is going to be interesting to see what developes from this meeting. One thing is for sure, Mitt Romney has a long, tough slog if he wants to be the Republican nominee. While Republicans are united in their desire to make President Obama a one term President, the infighting may damage the party beyond repair.  Whoever the nominee is, they will not only have to mend the country but also the party they represent.

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