Mitt’s Opponents Adopt Perverse Tactics


Gallup conducted a survey in 2010 that showed that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the most conservative major religious group in the United States. Yet, what have Mitt’s opponents been saying about his political views and to whom do they often make their pronouncements?

Gallup Survey: Mormons are more conservative than members of other major US religions

Both Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum have taken to accusing Mitt of being a liberal. For example, in January Gingrich, speaking outside a megachurch in Lutz, Florida, called Mitt, “pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase liberal.” On 24 February, Santorum was quoted by ABC News as saying that Mitt “is resolutely liberal.” As reported by ABC News:

Santorum’s comments paint Romney as a “liberal” who supported “activist judges,” who granted marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, who allowed “$50 dollar abortions” and who fought “against the 2nd Amendment” and for “radical environmental regulations.”

So, how to we understand this? Mitt has been an active member of the most conservative religious group in the United States and says that he is conservative. More importantly, his policies as governor were conservative. While the survey does show that some Mormons are liberal (8%, the smallest percentage than for any other group!), what are the chances that the accusations that he is a liberal are correct? Should we believe Mitt or his opponents? Need I ask?

The irony of course in all of this is that Gingrich and Santorum use the accusation that Mitt is liberal while speaking to religious groups that as a whole are less conservative than the group to which Mitt belongs. They of course know that Evangelical Protestants are more conservative than most mainline Protestants, so the perversity arises in the way they frame their message. Using the pretext that they want to alert these conservative groups of MItt’s supposed liberalism, they know full well that this particular voting group is less likely to vote for him simply because of his religion!

Perverse or merely disingenuous? Either way, I am convinced that this will eventually prove to be a losing proposition!

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Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2 thoughts on “Mitt’s Opponents Adopt Perverse Tactics

  1. Mike, one thing that muddies the water is the fact that Harry Reid is a Mormon too and he IS liberal. Jon Huntsman is relatively moderate and so people are not going to assume that just because Romney is a Mormon that he is conservative.

  2. Excellent point, Peggy! The point we want to add here is to say that if Mitt says he is conservative, then there is ample reason to believe him that goes even beyond his being the honorable person that he is.

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