I wondered how long it would be until someone in the press figured out that presidential wannabe Mitt Romney has polygamist ancestors. Big freaking deal. So do I. So does almost anyone with Mormon ancestors from the pioneer period.
While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate’s great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.
Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of the former Massachusetts governor now seeking to become the first Mormon president.
Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after Mormon leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.
As I said before, not only did Mitt’s ancestors live the principle, they were among the group that fled to Mexico to continue its practice after the US Church first gave appearances of abandoning it in 1890.
It’s all the more reason I find hypocritical his remarks to the US Congress in defense of the FMA, in which he spoke favorably of government persecution of the pioneer Mormons over “family values”. How he does that without the sense of pissing on his ancestors’ graves I’m not sure.
But is this of any concern in terms of the 2008 campaign? Of course not. There are plenty of reasons to oppose Multi Choice Mitt. His ancestors’ polygamy is not among them.
I guess we have the layers of editors and checks at the Asinine Press to thank for this story, as well as chief political busybodies Jennifer Dobner and Glen Johnson. Unless Mitt’s running on the “legalize polygamy” platform, what in the hell does this have to do with anything?
Does this mean we can start going through Hillary’s family tree? Or Edwards? Or Obama? It’s one thing to know who a candidate’s parents were and what they did, because that is an influence on them as they grow up, and it shapes the person they become as an adult. But great-great grandparents? That’s really stretching.
The American Street:
Did Kennedy get pinned with the Catholic Church’s bloody Crusades? Obviously not. If Mormonism in Romney’s adult life has any black marks against it, it’s fair to look for evidence of Romney’s support of that.
Otherwise, stick to his record in public service. I view him as a probable top tier candidate. And I believe there’s plenty in his record and in his opinion changes that deserve serious scrutiny. Pandering to rightwing religious bigots should simply be beneath the ethics of serious journalists with such critical issues needing address in the national interest.