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2:15 ATHEiSTS WORSE THAN MUSLIMS? We cited Gallup poll yesterday finding that 18% still would not vote for a qualified candidate for president if he happened to be a Mormon. Now the full results are in and they find that a much higher number would not back a gay. Fully 4 in 10 would never vote for a Muslim–but this is topped by the 43% who would shun an otherwise qualified atheist. Thankfully there’s an enormous age gap, with younger folks much more likely to back gay, Muslim and atheist candidates.
1:55 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS From Rolling Stone: Sucking up to the voters, a guide….Koch classic: David Koch to host $50,000 a plate dinner for Romney in the good old blue-collar Hamptons… After Wash Post probe today, David Axelrod says Romney is running for "outsourcer-in-chief"… Dick Cheney’s daughter Mary married her longtime partner Heather today…
10:45 GAY PUREE From my assistant Zoe Schlanger: "The gay Republican group GOProud endorsed Romney, but it turns out only 4 of their 7 members are gay and two of the four voted against endorsing him."… And from Andy Borowitz: "Romney can’t decide whether to convince Florida Latinos to vote for him or to get Rick Scott to prevent them from voting at all."
10:00 POLITICO SUSPENDS REPORTER Breitbart site taking credit for drawing attention to views of Whtie House correspondent Joseph Williams for such things as claiming Romney only feels "comfortable" around white folks (impossible!), and what it calls an Ann Romney "dick" joke in a tweet. Politico: "Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility."
GOP CANDIDATE IN JAM We brought you news last week that Pearl Jam was backing the kind of crewcut, Sen. Jon Tester, in his tough fight for re-election in Montana, and providing some help via a Sept. 30 concert in Missoula. Now: "The Tester campaign is itching to know what [GOP opponent] Rep. Rehberg will be doing Saturday night and why it would have prevented him from attending the now-canceled Sunday morning event, so it’s offering two free Pearl Jam tickets to the first person who finds out. Tester spokesman Aaron Murphy said the congressman himself is eligible to win the contest, provided he’s interested in divulging his whereabouts."