There’s been lots of discussion of the latest gaffe on the part of GOP gubernatorial candidate, Dave Spence – or rather on the part of his campaign staff. It’s funny enough that it’s even made national blogs. An aide, one Matuschka Lindo Briggs, mistakenly distributed to the press a memo not intended for the public. In it she poffered a more eloquent response to the endless and pointless GOP (-generated) curiosity about the President’s religion.
Asked previously whether or not he thought the President was a Muslim, Spence had replied “I don’t know.” Briggs suggested that he try to spin the subtextual message that the President is not like you and me in a more eloquent fashion that would also conform to the general GOP line while layering on a slather of faux dignitas:
This is not an issue that I felt was pertinent to my candidacy for governor and expressed those sentiments. However, if the media insists that this is a critical issue that must be addressed, I will be clear. President Obama says he is a Christian, and I take him at his word.
It seems to me that I’ve heard several GOP politicians making similar declarations. So many otherwise critical politicians seem to be willing to give the President the benefit of the doubt. Which, given the fact that were never any grounds for doubt – nor any reason to be too interested in any case – is really generous of them.
The best take on the whole situation can be found in the comments section of TPM:
Dave Spence says that the thought and speech centers of his brain, despite all available evidence, are not connected directly to Karl Rove and Frank Luntz’s sewage systems, and I take him at his word.