Mark Pryor last year: Politicians shouldn’t rely on the Bible for political decisions, you know

posted at 11:21 am on December 6, 2013 by Guy Benson

Earlier in the week, AP roundly mocked Sen. Mark Pryor’s Bible ad, in which the embattled Democrat holds up a copy of the Good Book for the cameras:

An interesting line:

“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

Interesting for two reasons: (1) When Republicans say things like this, the Left freaks out about “incipient theocracy” or whatever.  When Democrats, um, “thump the Bible” to help justify liberal policies, everything’s cool.  (2) This 2012 quote from Pryor about using the Bible as a North Star on political matters (ie, doing “what’s best for Arkansas”):

Arkansas’ Sen. Mark Pryor, a Protestant Christian who was co-chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast in February, said the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate…‘The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues,’ he said. ‘Everybody can see it differently.

The NRSC has pointed out this super-nuanced reversal, eliciting denunciations from…their own candidate in the race, who seems worried that calling Pryor out on the ad could be construed as an attack on his faith.  It’s not, of course.  It’s an attack on his shamelessness.   It will be interesting to see whether Pryor’s “golly gee, I love Jesus” approach works any better than Mary Landrieu’s defiant “embrace the suck” gambit.  She’s decided to go down with USS Obamacare if necessary, and is prepared to attack Republicans until the bitter end.  If she truly takes “100 percent” ownership of this monstrosity, her 13th hour ass-covering moves won’t make a lick of difference.  So far, bear-hugging Obamacare looks like a questionable strategy:

Support for Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana has dropped in a new poll amid the problem-plagued rollout of the federal health care overhaul, which could suggest trouble for the Democratic senator’s re-election bid next year. The third-term senator has regularly polled with approval ratings well above 50 percent, but a survey released Thursday by Southern Media and Opinion Research showed approval of Landrieu’s job performance had deteriorated to 46 percent. In another possible blow, 54 percent of those polled said they’d be less likely to vote for the Democratic senator’s re-election next year because of her vote for President Barack Obama’s signature health law. Landrieu has maintained her strong support of the federal law. “This is gloomy for her re-election,” pollster Bernie Pinsonat said. “She’s tied to the Affordable Care Act. Unless there’s a dramatic turnaround, she’s going to have a very, very tough time getting re-elected.”

In the same poll, Landrieu attracts a 41 percent re-elect number, compared to 44 percent for the combined support of her two closest Republican challengers.  I’ll leave you with Big Ed thumpin’ away:

“A big amen!” Glory, Hallelujah.


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‘The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues,’

Until your view on abortion changes, leave it on the coffee table.

hillsoftx on December 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

A hypocritical democrat who lies to advance his own power?

I AM SHOCKED!

Murphy9 on December 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

That’s my senator!

One of my favorite things to do is call his staff and remind them of what happened to Blanche Lincoln and that they had better start updating their resumes.

My wife and I were talking about this ad earlier tonight and decided that Pryor has a pretty simplistics view of we Arkansans. Just because we’re in the Bible Belt does he think he can just thump on a bible, invoke Jesus, and we rubes will say “aw shucks” and reelect him? The ad is insulting to us as well as embarrassing to him.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Goebbels is so dead, and having sooooo much fun in his grave.

The leftists have redeemed every thought he ever had, and then some.

It’s funny to watch, were it not so devastating to the land of fools.

Nothing is more risible than the leftist Goebellian talking points.

It’s not only Pelosi, Reid, obama and his immediate capos.

The fool moderators on TV either know nothing or babble b/s too, consuming obama’s chit, which they assume to be Beluga caviar.

For ex. “this is a poll on what the Americans think about obama being on oaf on the global stage, not what the foreigners thing”.

Duhhhh, that poll came out not long ago, was here on HA, and the foreigners think even less of obama than do the US dummies.

Wake up America. Goebbels is dead. He’s just flukeing with you, via the obama thugs.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Bible as a shield.

You’re gonna have some splainin to do at the feet of God.

portlandon on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Forgot, Pryor, God may have forgiven you but we won’t.

Go directly to Hell, and burn slowly and painfully.

Pitchfork the traitor, politically, of course.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A hypocritical democrat who lies to advance his own power?

Not so sure about him being hypocritical……that would require him going against the moral and ethical standards he holds. Since it appears he has no standards, morally or ethically, when it comes to politics, he can’t be a hypocrite, I’m thinkin’. Advancing his own and his party’s power above all even when it comes to lying. SO very easy to do.

hawkeye54 on December 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The NRSC has pointed out this super-nuanced reversal, eliciting denunciations from…their own candidate in the race, who seems worried that calling Pryor out on the ad could be construed as an attack on his faith.

So the NRSC has become the political equivalent of the Cleveland Browns. Great.

Myron Falwell on December 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

Interesting for two reasons: (1) When Republicans say things like this, the Left freaks out about “incipient theocracy” or whatever.
========================================================

Interesting, and yet, Democrats worship at the Alter of Liberalism!

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Nothing is more risible than when a leftist, who always assumes that the righties are Christian/other religious rubes, resorts to the bible and God.

God, please make this stop – it’s just too much fun.

obama is an atheist, who claims to be a: Christian, Mormon, Jew, or whatever, depending what audience is in front of him.

The Earth is flat, no kidding, and the sun rises in the West. Also, those of you who think that most water is wet, must be re-educated, rubes, you!

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Pelosi: Dems Might Just Shut Down Government If Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Extended As Part of Budget Deal…

Extremists. Terrorists. Economic traitors. Arsonists. Suicide bombers. Haters of the country. Jihadis.

Is 99 weeks of unemployment insurance not enough?

Resist We Much on December 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I’ll leave you with Big Ed thumpin’ away:

I’d rather shove an ice pick up my nose. Without anesthetic.

Myron Falwell on December 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So the NRSC has become the political equivalent of the Cleveland Browns. Great.

Myron Falwell on December 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Always count on the Rs to be dummies.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Myron Falwell on December 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The NRSC probably doesn’t have any Southerners on staff. Cotton knows what he’s doing so they should just stay out of it.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”
==========================

He’s confused, whats best for Arkansas is the Federal Government
and Hopey/Changey!!
(sarc)

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

selective thumps

bazil9 on December 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

My wife and I were talking about this ad earlier tonight and decided that Pryor has a pretty simplistics view of we Arkansans. Just because we’re in the Bible Belt does he think he can just thump on a bible, invoke Jesus, and we rubes will say “aw shucks” and reelect him? The ad is insulting to us as well as embarrassing to him.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Well, to be fair, you all did elect Mike Huckabee. Talk about embarrassing. I see little difference between what Pryor is doing and the way Huckabee uses religion.

Pryor is clearly trying to make the case that he has so many redeeming qualities that Arkansans should overlook the fact that he supported Obamacare. I’m not sure he can succeed with this strategy but what other choice does he have but dress casually and wave his bible around? Just like Bill Clinton the Sunday before he was impeached.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I hope Pryor loses, but I am not particularly enthused about a Senator Cotton. He seems like the type that would get chummy with the McCain-Graham Caucus.

Punchenko on December 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Some Arkansans elected the Huckster but not this one.

Pryor can’t save himself. He should just raise as much money as he can and then at the last minute…withdraw and keep some of the cash.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

The NRSC probably doesn’t have any Southerners on staff. Cotton knows what he’s doing so they should just stay out of it.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Yeah, I’m with Cotton on this one. I don’t see an upside to the NRSC trying to make nuanced distinctions about what Pryor said about faith.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I hope Pryor loses, but I am not particularly enthused about a Senator Cotton. He seems like the type that would get chummy with the McCain-Graham Caucus.

Punchenko on December 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I share your concern. Anyone close to McAmnesty needs to be watched. Closely.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The NRSC has pointed out this super-nuanced reversal, eliciting denunciations from…their own candidate in the race, who seems worried that calling Pryor out on the ad could be construed as an attack on his faith. It’s not, of course. It’s an attack on his shamelessness.

Is it too much to ask that our candidates not go weak in the knees over every hard-hitting criticism? It’s obvious this is a chance to highlight his hypocrisy.

Bitter Clinger on December 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Hmmmm….But you have faith in Global Warming. I call it faith, because they haven’t proved it yet. So, Christian religion bad, environmental religion good. OK, I get it now.

Oil Can on December 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Mark this: Pryor will be revealed as a closet child molester like the priests waving their bibles in Boston.

crash72 on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

See, this kind of tact wouldn’t even be considered if it weren’t for the ignorance of many of those who profess being Christian. It’s as if some of these people check their brains outside their church doors. Same thing can be said of other religions as well. Politicians know this and prey on the electorate to further their own lives. Pryor should be given the Bashir treatment.

HiJack on December 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

You’re gonna have some splainin to do at the feet of God.

portlandon on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Not until he and the rest of the progressives make America a hell on earth first.

Rebar on December 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Mark this: Pryor will be revealed as a closet child molester like the priests waving their bibles in Boston.

crash72 on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

They still have Bibles in Boston?

Punchenko on December 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

They still have Bibles in Boston?

Punchenko on December 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Of course they do. They’re used as doorstops in the taverns.

HiJack on December 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

selective thumps

bazil9 on December 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

bazil9:Lol:0

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

That’s weird, one would think when you’re doing whats’s best for your constituents they wouldn’t get so pissed.

antipc on December 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

In Jan, and shortly after, there will be videos and interviews of families…with dead people, directly as a result of obama and all who voted for obama’care’. Mark this down. That will be the next phase.

RCP, you turkeys, make an ad with obama:

If you like your plan, you can keep it”

If you like your doctor, you can keep him”

If you like your provider (hospital for the Yorba Linda crowd), you can keep it”

Then Ronald Reagan “Wellll…there you go again”

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Play it

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Only thing I could think when watching that ad:

MAN… THE DAD FROM BEETHOVAN REALLY LET HIMSELF GO…

Washington Fancy on December 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Play this and forward it.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

DO NOT let the hypocrite get away with a shred.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

More propaganda

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Flailinngs, nothing more than flailings…

ajacksonian on December 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

He was the primary traitor.

Never forget!!!

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Your North Star?

Sounds more like your OnStar.

Christien on December 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Is it me, or is Senator Pryor actually George Costanza from Seinfeld, with a bad toupee?
Seems to have the same moral compass.

See ya later, Senator Titanic. Enjoy the ride.

orangemtl on December 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

“This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

The Bible as a prop. Is that his real house in the background or is that a prop too? I bet he got the shirt from his wardrobe designer who needed to help him look what they thought would be “Christian folksy.”

JellyToast on December 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yes.. I’m an unashamed Christian who voted for the socialist takeover and complete destruction of your healthcare and the empowerment of government over all your healthcare decisions, complete with death panels and tax payer funded abortion as well as the assault on religious liberty and the closing of Catholic hospitals who refuse to comply because I thought it was what God wanted me to do. I’m just like you.

JellyToast on December 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Can’t think of a more shameless example of using Gods name in vain.

Buttercup on December 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Is that his real house in the background or is that a prop too? I bet he got the shirt from his wardrobe designer who needed to help him look what they thought would be “Christian folksy.”

JellyToast on December 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Just wait until later this month. I’m sure he’ll be out with an ad showing him in a Christmas sweater surrounded by “grandchildren” straight out of central casting.

Seriously though, whether it is his real house or not, the setting and bible thumping reminded me a lot of the Billy Graham video that came out a couple of weeks ago. Coincidence?

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Can’t think of a more shameless example of using Gods name in vain.

Buttercup on December 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

So you haven’t heard about Rev. Jeremiah Wright?

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Can’t think of a more shameless example of using Gods name in vain.

Buttercup on December 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

So you haven’t heard about Rev. Jeremiah Wright?

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Sure. A shameless example of using Gods name to instill hatred and violence.

Buttercup on December 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Pryor should’ve gotten Chris Matthews to do his ad..

ToddPA on December 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Every knee shall bow….politicians that use the Lord and His Word for their gain will have to own up on Judgment Day….they give Christians, real Jesus following Christians a bad name.

crosshugger on December 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Schultz: God Loves Obamacare
Ed Schultz attacks Bachmann and says God likes the Affordable Care Act.

Hitler and Goebbels soiled their graves with semen, again.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Whenever a democrat holds up a Bible…

SouthernGent on December 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

..Jesus also wouldn’t have voted for this guy…so neither should we!

easyt65 on December 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

“The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues.
Everybody can see it differently.”

Senator Mark Pryor

.
People are individuals (including Christian believers), and do see it differently, from one person to another.

But it still contains guidance for any decision you have to make, in this life.

listens2glenn on December 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The NRSC probably doesn’t have any Southerners on staff. Cotton knows what he’s doing so they should just stay out of it.

Charlemagne on December 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Then we’d hear complaints that they’re not doing enough for him to win. Cotton should let him get away with hiding behind the bible, and if he’s not going to stomach even mild criticism of his opponent like that why’d he run?

changer1701 on December 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Goebbels is so dead, and having sooooo much fun in his grave.

The leftists have redeemed every thought he ever had, and then some.

It’s funny to watch, were it not so devastating to the land of fools.

Nothing is more risible than the leftist Goebellian talking points.

It’s not only Pelosi, Reid, obama and his immediate capos.

The fool moderators on TV either know nothing or babble b/s too, consuming obama’s chit, which they assume to be Beluga caviar.

For ex. “this is a poll on what the Americans think about obama being on oaf on the global stage, not what the foreigners thing”.

Duhhhh, that poll came out not long ago, was here on HA, and the foreigners think even less of obama than do the US dummies.

Wake up America. Goebbels is dead. He’s just flukeing with you, via the obama thugs.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Bmore on March 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM