Wineke: Romney’s latest appeal doesn’t make cents

C3K columnist questions candidate's appearance with Pat Robertson
Wineke: Romney’s latest appeal doesn’t make cents

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

On Saturday, Mitt Romney was campaigning in Virginia alongside religious fanatic Pat Robertson and vowing to keep God’s name on American coins.

“I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said. “I will not take God off our coins. I will not take God out of my heart.”

Then he went on to pledge allegiance to the flag right in the middle of his speech.

I’m beginning to wonder if dull old Mitt might not actually be a bit of a nut.

The platform bit makes a bit of sense. The platform of the Democratic Party didn’t include a direct reference to God this year. It was amended to do so during the convention last week.

So, if Romney had just left things there, I suppose no one would say much. Republicans are always trying to convince us that Democrats aren’t really God-fearing and no one takes them too seriously.

But the coins? Has someone – President Obama, for example? – ever suggested taking “In God We Trust” from our coins? What kind of craziness is this?

And, then, to burst into the pledge of allegiance in the middle of a campaign speech? To promise that he won’t remove God from his heart? Has anyone suggested he would take God out of his heart?

All this is a little weird. To do all this weirdness in the company of Pat Robertson is just bizarre.

Robertson, after all, is the fellow who suggested (along with the late Jerry Falwell) that God allowed the nation to be attacked in 2001 because it tolerates homosexuals and abortions. Robertson is the broadcaster who suggested God destroyed Haiti with an earthquake because Haiti had made a pact with the devil.

And just add to that the fact that Romney is a Mormon. A good part of the country already thinks that Mormons are strange.

I’m not part of that contingent, by the way. I owe an immense personal debt of gratitude to Mormons who befriended one of my sons when he was in trouble. I like Mormons.

But, let’s face it, most people don’t know much about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and, now, here’s Mitt Romney, the best-known Mormon in the country, campaigning with Pat Robertson and issuing veiled warnings that someone wants to take God’s name off coins.

You just have to wonder what he’s thinking. And you just have to conclude that he isn’t thinking.