National pundits are falling all over themselves in fawning praise of Mitt Romney’s speech on religion (the speech was covered in previous diaries at Show Me Progress: Mitt Romney – uh, you are no Jack Kennedy and Mitt Romney’s Sermon on Religion). It just goes to show you that in order to be a “national” political pundit you don’t really have to know how to read – nor do you need any semblance of critical thinking skills. Though I hear the pay is good. And Sally Quinn does feed them free cocktail weenies at those beltway parties.

….MATTHEWS:  And I don’t like the discussion, but I do like that speech today.  This was the best speech of the campaign….

And the fawning continued:

….MATTHEWS:  What is this, good news week or something?  Hugo Chavez gets his butt kicked.  Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program.

And now I hear the best speech in the life of this campaign, the best speech certainly by anybody that I can think of, and Rudy Giuliani being a complete gentleman about it.

Kay, this is glory day, as far as I’m concerned, glory week.

(LAUGHTER)

HENDERSON:  It is.

And what struck me was that one of the things that Romney accomplished by giving this speech was, he stopped all of this discussion about the Huckabee surge, the Huckabee momentum, Huckabee as a candidate.  That has completely stopped today, because everyone is talking about Mitt Romney and his ability to give a very positive speech and a speech that speaks to a topic that a lot of Americans are interested in.

MATTHEWS:  Well, it was a good day for America, I think, especially from my point of view.  ….

“Stopped…the Huckabee surge”?

A “good news week”? And Romney’s speech is part of it? Talk about a low bar:

…Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom….

….some wonder whether there are any questions regarding an aspiring candidate’s religion that are appropriate. I believe there are….

…It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism….

…The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation ‘Under God’ and in God, we do indeed trust…

The “religion of secularism”? I do believe that is an oxymoron. Yep, the value of a Harvard MBA has been in decline since the 70’s.

Under God? In God We Trust? From “the founders”?

This bears repeating:

United States Constitution, Article VI

…but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

I hear that there’s a war on Christmas, too.

As if Chris Matthews and the usual suspects aren’t enough, Kathleen Parker weighs in:

One nation under Mitt Romney

…He made two important points clear: Freedom and religious liberty are inextricably linked….

No. He said, “…Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom….” There doesn’t appear to be a choice in the original statement, eh?

…If Kennedy’s speech was an important landmark in American political history, Romney’s was surpassing….

Surpassing? What can I say? It’s the Washington Post.

Parker continues:

…Americans can be grateful that, as Romney put it, reason and religion are allies in this country….

Kathleen Parker is definitely irony challenged.

Various papers across the country titled Parker’s column with the frightening deification “One nation under Mitt Romney” (Salt Lake Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Jewish World Review…)(I threw that last one in because, well, I appreciate irony.) The Kansas City Star titled it: Romney faith speech elevates all Americans (tiny URL). Why would they do that? “All Americans” except for those atheists, agnostics, and founder deists.

When Mitt Romney said…

…What do I believe about Jesus Christ…?

…in his speech he wasn’t emulating JFK. He was telling the republican base “I’m really one of you.” When JFK made his speech he was telling them I don’t have to be one of you (in respect to religion) as long as we have a Constitution. There is a distinct difference.

This bears repeating (repetition is sound pedagogy):

United States Constitution, Article VI

…but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

So, why are the chattering classes so fixated on this man and his poorly written and researched speech?

Oh, Mitt! The great moneyed republican establishment hope! If Hillary stuffs that Huckabee guy from Arkansas in the general election Sally Quinn‘s beltway parties aren’t going to have that same fun and care free cachet that we all so love.