I made no secret on this blog of my very lukewarm support for Mitt Romney for President during the primaries. My first preference was Michele Bachmann, my second was Rick Santorum.
But I noticed along the way weird things happening, chance things that worked in Romney’s favor, almost as if guided by an invisible hand. For example, just as Michele Bachmann’s began surging, Rick Perry entered the race and stole all her oxygen and quickly became the front runner, then he crashed and burned. And Rick Santorum surged to win the Iowa caucuses, but a glitch in the counting made it seem like Romney had won at first and he gained that momentum. And then Sarah Palin sort of semi-endorsed Newt Gingrich, splitting the conservative vote, maybe not realizing that a number of us conservatives could never get over Gingrich’s character issues. All those and other chance things that helped overcome Romney’s obstacles gave me pause to wonder.
I could see how Romney’s candidacy, while I still do not believe he is anywhere near the constitutional savior that many LDS people think he is, is very good for the LDS Church. As having a history of working as an LDS director of public affairs, one of my tasks was to help overcome the bigotry of evangelical protestants toward the LDS Church. But now, Romney running against Barack Obama, is doing miracles in overcoming that. Evangelicals are realizing that, hey, they hold a lot of the same values as Mormons and that it makes a lot of sense to unite with Mormons against the moral degradation being sponsored by Obama. Yes, I see great good coming out of a Romney candidacy.
With that background, I bring you Jon Stewart’s defense of Romney’s Mormonism. Check it out – it’s hilarious. But brace yourself for Jon Stewart’s crude, irreverent humor:
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