Readers here know that I am a proud Obama supporter. I’m in no way a Mitt Romney fan. Still, I find the below comments by Montana governor Brian Schweitzer to be both idiotic and reprehensible:
…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 Mexico, giving 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, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, 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.”
The word “polygamy” appears seven times in that paragraph. That speaks for itself.
There is a lot of hostility directed against Mormonism in America. Attacking Mitt Romney by pandering to that hostility has no place in this campaign. Politics messes with your head. Otherwise good people might forget that it’s actually a good thing that an American from the minority Mormon faith is taken seriously as a presidential candidate.
Mitt Romney deserves to be judged by his specific actions, statements, and political views. It’s fair, for example, to ask about how he behaved towards other people when he was an important official in the Mormon church. It’s not fair to judge him based on voters’ vague impressions and stereotypes regarding Mormonism itself.
I happen to be unimpressed by the content of Romney’s character put on display in this race. That’s a very different matter.