There is much to dislike about the soon-to-be Republican Presidential nominee, but the religion of Mitt Romney and his private religious beliefs is not one of them. Mr. Romney has shown himself to be deeply religious, as is his right, and those beliefs have absolutely no right to be present in any political campaign. In fact, bringing up Mr. Romney’s religion can only benefit him in generating a backlash of sympathy for Mr. Romney and a spasm of disgust for anyone who makes Mr. Romney’s religion an issue.
That is the reason that we wonder if Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat is really trying to boost Mr. Romney’s campaign by making disparaging remarks about aspects of Mr. Romney’s religion and family.
“While discussing swing states, Schweitzer said Romney would have a “tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him,” and I replied that was mildly ironic since Mitt’s father was born in
the clan a nominal claim to being Hispanic. Schweitzer replied that it is
“kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his
family coming from a polygamy commune in , given the gender
discrepancy.” Women, he said, are “not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were
not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a
polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born
into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico ." Mexico
And yes the Obama campaign has denounced these comments, but that will probably be ignored by the Romney campaign as they will seek to exploit the idiocy of the otherwise sane and intelligent Governor of Montana.
All of this also illustrates the difficulty candidates have with their so-called supporters. Earlier a self described ‘Democratic Operative’ criticized Mrs. Romney for being a stay at home mother, rendering substantial damage to the Obama campaign. And Mr. Romney is not immune either, as a campaign manager had suggested that Mr. Romney’s positions were written like an etch-a-sketch and could be reset for the general election.
Maybe a new rule in elections is needed, that the only comments and positions that can be attributed to candidates are comments made by and positions taken by the candidate himself or herself. Yep, that would work for everyone.