Romney responded to the remark with uncharacteristic anger, firing off a series of heated statements accusing Sharpton of perpetuating the bigotry he so often rails against. Sharpton most recently led the charge to fire radio host Don Imus for racist remarks.
"Al Sharpton made a bigoted comment," Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said yesterday. "It is not at all consistent with the principles of religious tolerance and religious freedom that we all cherish as Americans."
I saw this story yesterday, before it escalated, and thought to myself "Well, at least Romney isn't making a big deal about this" because there's nothing there. Romney just hadn't been told what to say yet by his handlers, but apparently he's now ready to play the victim -- over nothing. What a wuss.
Sharpton insisted later that he was not questioning the faith of Romney, who is Mormon, but was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.
Sharpton was talking to an atheist at the time! Why doesn't Romney grow some balls and shrug this off, the way the Obama shruged off and deflected the Limbaugh's "Magic Negro" attack.
Amazing how some candidates rise above the mud, while others choose to wallow around in it as long as it keeps their name in the headlines -- and fine -- that's politics, but the contrast is amazing.
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