Ending the Mormon Question

As the campaign cycle gears up, like clockwork, if you are a Mormon GOP politician on the national stage, the media can’t stop focusing on your religion. And with two LDS candidates, news stories have been eager to set up a Mormon primary showdown.

Hoping to forgo a replay of 2008, both Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney are taking the initiative to avoid the endless media pondering of the “Mormon question” (which is so last decade).

Today, almost as if they both said “enough!” (or maybe they coordinated it), Huntsman and Romney in their own way did their best of killing that media narrative:

• Jon Huntsman directly takes on the Mormon Question by questioning his own membership in the LDS Church as describing it as “tough to define.” (Certainly his right but stupid question: why now as he eyes national office and not when he was governor of Utah?)

• Mitt Romney probably made any conservative not care if he was a Satanist by doing a pretty good job of unapologetically defending RomneyCare, and by extension doing a better job of explaining Obamacare better than then President ever could. I’m not sure how that works at winning the GOP nomination (especially considering how poorly Massachusetts healthcare is faring).

Although I’m disappointed in both of these developments, it would be nice if the media would focus on the substance of these two candidates rather than constantly suggesting a Mormon phantom menace lurks behind these two campaigns. But I know that’s too much to hope for.

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  1. LR Whitney’s avatar

    Just so everyone knows, Glenn Beck is a Mormon. Right now he’s “Restoring Courage” to Israel, as if they need him to do that for them, and last summer he was “Restoring Honor” to Washington DC from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” speech, as if they needed him to do that for them. Oddly enough, I had a cable access show in the 90?s where I used a chalk board, drew diaphragms, goofed with Right Wing conspiracy theories, and it looked a lot like Beck’s early efforts–before God took over his programming. It was funnier though. Like my Mormon musical that Parker and Stone swiped, my silly cable show didn’t catch on much. (Always ahead of my time. I was doing “video verite” or “reality TV” before anyone knew what that was either.) I wish Glenn Beck luck but as I’m often wont to say of Rush Limbaugh: I heard everything he had to say in 1988. In Beck’s case, I heard everything he’s going to say in 1978, when I moved to Provo Utah to go to Brigham Young University. He’s mounted the White Horse of Prophecy and plans to take us all on a ride with him.

    Beck has had his share of problems merging his Mormonism with the same people that burned his Mormon forefathers out of Missouri, Illinois, and chased an army out after them to Utah. He doesn’t seem to understand why this is a problem. JFK was thought to be unelectable a generation ago because of his Roman Catholicism. Today, Mormonism is still a major issue. The second your political opponents find out you are a Mormon they have two hundred years of dried out old anti-Mormon horsepucky to kick around till it obscures anything constructive you might have to offer in a big stinky cloud of poop dust. There’s just so much of it out there and it doesn’t actually do anyone any good at all to rehash it every time a Mormon looks like he’s running for office or leading some public movement.

    Ask Mitt Romney. Well, come to think of it, Romney is just an Osmond who can’t sing so don’t waste your time–all you’ll get is platitudes, a big white smile and a firm handshake. Go ask Glenn Beck. Or Ask harry Reid–though most of Reid’s critics are going to be fellow Mormons. Yeah, he’s one too. Like I say, Mormonism isn’t a fixed political element.

    Be sure to keep checking my blog because I’m working on something very soon that will BLOW YOUR MIND…!

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