Many of us were stunned----stunned, I tell you----by the right's apoplectic reaction to this election. I mean, the data was out there for all to see. Day after day, week after week, month after month. But they chose to either ignore, or attack the truth and the messengers who were all but screaming DEFEAT at them.
In retrospect, I think most of us thought the masses were deceived by Pox News, while Willard World had willfully deceived themselves. Up until election night, I also believed Willard World and Pox News had some sort of pseudo symbiotic relationship going on, in that they fed off each other.
I absolutely believed Pox News drew its strength from the nonsense Willard World knowingly tossed out there. I absolutely believed Willard World knew they were losing, and in order to keep their rich donors from storming the gates, they continued to lie about their prospects, using Pox to distribute their bullshit.
But then election night came and I was forced to adjust my view. As I watched Willard World's, and more specifically, The Romney's implosion, another theory bobbed to the surface, one that I think explains Willard and Ann's STUNNED reaction.
First some personal background:
In 1975 The Watchtower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) predicted the end of the world. I remember because I had relatives and friends within the organization. I wasn't a JW, but I was very familiar with their teachings.
Sherri Shepherd of The View was as well.
When the 1975 prophecy proved false, Jehovah's Witnesses were devastated. Some had sold property and possessions. Some even gave up the chance to have children, which is why many left the organization when "The End" didn't come.
I will never forget the looks on their faces. I had friends and family members who were literal basket cases back then. They were absolutely numb, shocked, disbelieving and stupefied.
So what, pray tell, does that have to do with Mitt and Ann Romney? Well, I saw the same bewildered look in Willard and Ann's eyes on election night. Some might say they saw the same look on most of their supporter's faces and the right wing pundits.
Maybe, but I think Mitt and Ann's disappointment went much deeper. How deep? I submit that their sadness had a divine and prophetic weight to it. More specifically, prophecy, false prophecy and/or false prophetic expectations.
Evidently, I'm not alone. I offer this (update) excerpt from a story posted at the American Conservative dated November 8 by Rod Dreher:
In an e-mail yesterday, a friend sympathetic to Romney suggested something interesting, and pregnant with pathos: That Romney really believed, in his heart of hearts, that he was going to be the most important Mormon since Joseph Smith. And he failed. My friend said that the pain Romney, who is plainly very serious about his faith (“It’s the only thing I think he really believes in,” said my friend), must be feeling today is intense.
That remark put me in mind of a subject that came up a few years back, when Glenn Beck was in his TV heyday: the White Horse Prophecy.
The Romney's (not Fox News or the vast majority of right wing supporters) and perhaps some of their Mormon supporters may have been devastated because they believed Willard was the fulfillment of Joseph Smith's White Horse Prophecy.
"....statement purported to have been made in 1843 by Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, regarding the future of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the United States of America. The Latter Day Saints, according to the prophecy, would "go to the Rocky Mountains and ... be a great and mighty people", identified figuratively with the White Horse described in the Revelation of John. The prophecy further predicts that the United States Constitution will one day "hang like a thread" and will be saved "by the efforts of the White Horse"." --WikiIn 2007, Mitt Romney discounted the prophecy as reported by Salon.com back in January of this year:
"Several prominent Mormons, including conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck, have alluded to this apocalyptic prophecy. The controversial myth is not an official church doctrine, but it has also arisen in the national dialogue with the presidential candidacies of Mormons George Romney, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and now Mitt Romney.That's all well and good, but as we've come to realize, nothing Mitt says can be believed. Number 1, because he's a liar. Number 2, because he's a flip-flopper. Number 3, BECAUSE HE'S A DAMN LIAR.
“I don’t think the White Horse Prophecy is fair to bring up at all,” Mitt Romney told the Salt Lake Tribune when he was asked about it during his 2008 presidential bid. “It’s been rejected by every church leader that has talked about it. It has nothing to do with anything.”
Tamron Hall did an interview back in May with Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere regarding an article he'd written about Romney's faith and this prophecy. One thing jumped out at me while watching this. Remember Romney's insistence that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe?
I absolutely believe the Romneys (I'm not talking about their advisors or their supporters) were convinced that Willard was the fulfillment of the White Horse prophecy. Sure, Pox News and other right wing nuts nurtured their political fantasies, but I think the Romney's religious delusions of grandeur had much more to do with their stunned devastation on election night.
That's why Ann was crying and looked so pale. That's why Mitt was "shell-shocked." That's why they were so devastated. That's why they ignored the polls and those pesky little things called "facts" because they believed Mitt was the cure, a messiah who would save the constitution and this country from that constitution-hating, socialist secret Muslim.
However, instead of riding in on his White Horse, Mr. Romney and his Queen were forced to ride off into political irrelevancy.
Hopefully, We The People will never have to hear from "those people" again.
Thom Hartmann has been talking about it for years.
If the video doesn't start at the right time, Thom starts talking about Mitt's "Mormon destiny" at 49min, 20 seconds. Sorry, I couldn't find the clip.