As Floridians head to the polls today, Newt Gingrich has been subtly playing the religion card. On Monday,Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of being “extraordinarily insensitive” to religionas governor of Massachusetts because he planned cut to Medicaid funding to Jewish and Catholic health care facilities.
Driving the point home in God's Waiting Room (aka Florida), Gingrich noted thatone program targeted for cuts had served kosher meals to elderly Jews.
Buzzfeed illustrates the photo with a hilariously inapt photo of Romney cutting into a pig. Get those editors an Old Testament! Romney's response: “It's really sad. In some respects I think it's painfully revealing that (Gingrich) is having a really hard time.”
Who says“compassionate conservatism”is dead?
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.