Dr. J.’s ‘He Really Said That’: Tim Russert, Mitt Romney, and Gov. Purdue’s Rain Dance

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Georgia’s Guv, Sonny Purdue, a genuine, old-fashioned good ole boy.

Some weeks ago, Gov. Sonny (all the time?) Purdue, Republican of Georgia (U.S., not former USSR) actually lead what he hoped was a statewide prayer for rain for his drought-stricken state. (It attracted a few hundred people in the Capitol at Atlanta.) Of course, heaven help him he should introduce some regulations for the control of water use, one of his super-wealthy presumed supporters using something like 400,000 gallons (!!!) per month for his residence. But nah. That would be socialist/ collectivist, as Sean Hannity would say.

Sources tell us that the Gov. had invited representatives of the Cherokee Nation to join him, to do a rain dance, but that they had refused, for two reasons. One, there was no reason for them to do anything for the state that had forcibly expelled them onto the Trail of Tears (with the enthusiastic support of the “Great Democrat,” Andrew Jackson) in the 1830s. Second, as modern educated people, they recognized that rain dancing, while picturesque, was just hokum. They suggested that before the next time the Georgia Governor wanted to do something like this, he go to see the 1956 Burt Lancaster movie, “The Rainmaker,” first. But then the ball was passed to Gov. Romney, he of “Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.”

Gov. Mit Romney’s recent appearance on “Meet the Press,” Tim Russert’s “Gotcha” show, was notable for the Governor’s teariness when he was talking about the strength of his faith. And boy, did Russert follow up on that one. Too bad the exchange was left on the cutting room floor. For Russert very boldly brought up several tenets of Mormonism, such as the fact that “Mormons believe that God has a body of flesh and bone, in human form . . . [and] is immortal, perfected, and has a glory beyond description”

Surely such a God, Russert offered, would be able to intervene in such events as the Georgia drought, and thus Gov. Purdue’s prayers should have been granted, should they not?

Well, of course such an exchange did NOT occur. True confession: I made it up. “Meet the Press” is live, and about as alive as Tim Russert is. But would it not have been fascinating if old Tim-bo had asked such a question? It might have brought even more tears to Romney’s eyes, or at least to the eyes of his publicity corps. For they are doing, so far at least, some bang-up job on hiding the true essence of Mormonism, and thus the faith that Romney gets all teary about, from the American people at large.

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY), a weekly Contributing Author for the Web zine The Political Junkies.net; a Special Contributing Editor for Cyrano’s Journal Online; and an invited contributor to the Web log The Daily Scare.

3 comments on “Dr. J.’s ‘He Really Said That’: Tim Russert, Mitt Romney, and Gov. Purdue’s Rain Dance
  1. Where do these pathetic politicians come from? It seems the South is doomed to great writers and stinking pols. Maybe the worst thing for the US and the world was that the South DID not secede. They ride the power of this huge nation but help to deform its political course at every turn.

  2. I’d love to see Dr Jonas take his scalpel to the Ron Paul/ Tim Russert encounter yesterday. I’m sure he could dissect Russert down to his DNA with no particular effort! (I believe the interview is online at several locations, including YouTube and this site, in the video section.)

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