April 26, 2006


A Mormon in the White House?

I just read an
article on Slate.com about Mitt Romney's bid for the 2008 presidential election. It focuses on Romney's Mormon faith and how he's bungling the portrayal of his religious beliefs to the media and to voters. At the end of the article, the writer makes an interesting remark that Mormonism may seem weird to outsiders because the religion was established so recently: "The LDS Church seems strange because it's new, which makes the human agency behind it especially palpable. In contrast, the passage of time has given the weirder aspects of other faiths a patina of sanctity."

If you're hungry for more Mormon fare, read this article in The Phoenix. It talks about the Mormon voting bloc and how it is a force that needs to be reckoned with in the upcoming elections.


  1. Yeah I really wonder if the US is ready for an LDS President. Of course I would be very intrigued by it, but I just don't see it happening when it comes down to it.

  2. ...he's going to tarnish our good name.

  3. I'm intrigued by the whole ordeal too. It's such a huge responsibility to be in the public light with the Church's name attached to every thing you do or say. Alan is way interested in Romney...thanks for the post. I forwarded it to alan!

  4. Agreed. I'm a little nervous about Romney's bid for the presidency because I feel it will bring a lot of negative press towards the Church. Maybe I'm just being paranoid...

    My friend Kristen (Kristen Lamprecht, now Gough, for you Londoners)said it would be a very interesting ballot if Romney ran against Hilary Clinton. A Mormon or a woman? Who would you vote for?

  5. well . . . I say "why not?" After all, Joseph Smith ran for president, why can't other members of our church? And, I know Mitt Romney isn't the prophet, but, he's a good guy. His son was my roommate, and he is really cool. I'm all for it. I'd vote for him.

  6. p.s. have you seen what he did for health care reform in Massachusetts? I think it's really a good idea. It's doubtful that it would work on a federal level, but, it's a great policy for states.

  7. I really like his health insurance plan for Massachusetts. I am really interested to see how it all turns out! I'm glad that he's doing something about the problem of inadequate health insurance here in the U.S.

    As for the presidency, I wonder if he can beat out the media darling, John McCain. I'm excited to hear both of their platforms, especially on issues like immigration and the War in Iraq. And overall, I can't wait to see who ends up on the 2008 ballot. I would love to see a woman running for president...or a Mormon.

  8. a woman . . . as in Hillary? Yipes. I wouldn't mind seeing a woman run for president - but, I don't think I would like to have Hillary Clinton for my president. she's cranky.

  9. Well, I'm just going to come out and say it: I like Hillary Clinton. I think she is very intelligent, extremely capable, and possesses the ability to discern the concerns of her constituency.

    The media likes to caricature Clinton as a feminist liberal who is adopting centrist traits to secure her position in the White House in 2008. As I do some amateur research on my own, however, I have come to find that the former First Lady has been a moderate for most of her life. In fact, she even served as president of the College Republicans at Wellesley! Furthermore, she is a lifelong Methodist who supports faith-based initiatives. She also believes that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare" and wants to engender greater cooperation between pro-lifers and pro-choicers. And as a U.S. senator, Clinton has repeatedly worked with Republicans (including Newt Gingrich and Bill Frist) on issues like health care and health insurance.

    Granted, Hillary Clinton isn't perfect (Whitewater), but I still believe that she is an incredibly capable woman who has the ability to assume the presidency.

    According to a recent Gallup poll, 53% of Americans said that they would likely vote for Clinton if she was to run for president in 2008. Would that be enough to win though? Can she court the millions of conservative Americans in red states? Hmmmm...probably not. If she does decide to run, it will be a very long uphill battle.