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Obama and Romney: Muslim name vs. Mormon fame

  • A pedigreed Mormon is running against an African American with a Muslim name — the oddity quotient is off the charts for a presidential election.
  • November Tuesday train is roaring around the bend toward a confused American electorate.

Every presidential race is unique, but when there’s a pedigreed Mormon running against an African American with a Muslim name — the oddity quotient is off the charts. Just a few years back, if you’d have told me the U.S. presidential race would feature a black guy with a middle name of Hussein against a white guy with a Mormon apostle as his great-great-grandfather; I would have ridden the odds with all the money I could gather or steal — cash on the barrelhead.

Yeah, sure, call me a bigot for pointing out the obvious.

No, I don’t believe Obama is a secret Muslim and I don’t believe Romney is wearing magic Mormon underwear beneath his suit — but come on, the Barry vs. Mitt race is not quite standard fare.

The November Tuesday train is roaring around the bend toward a confused American electorate. Even the most ardent of Democratic devotees don’t have much to crow about after four years with Obama behind the wheel. How about: “Economy sputtering, gay rights surging.” Nahhh, that won’t play well. “Health care now, and debt for generations.” Nope, that dog won’t hunt either.

While Democrats search in vain for a pretty presentation package to stuff Obama in, Republicans are ginning up their own platform slogans: “War on women? Never! Ask Todd Akin!” Errr, maybe not. “Afghanistan and the 50-year withdrawal plan.” Passss.

The next couple of months promise a great show, with Obama shackled by ball-and-chain comparisons to the Carter administration; and Romney still unable to convince voters that he isn’t the Republican version of John Kerry. You know there’s a disconnect when rally supporters stampede over Romney to shake Paul Ryan’s hand.

U.S. democracy is waged in the ditch, and the political air will soon be filled with mud, spittle and garbage. It’s a political cage match that has produced the most unlikely of presidential winners: soldier, schoolteacher, lawyer, rancher, editor, engineer, haberdasher, farmer, actor, and many more.

Obama and Romney are both odd, unlikely candidates — and that’s the beauty of a political system like no other in history.

Discuss this Blog Entry 6

E B (not verified)
on Aug 29, 2012

You're right, this is an unusual matchup. But you're wrong to think that Romney (or the GOP or the Tea Party) is who the press makes him out to be. When's the last time you saw an anti-Obama article? Or a pro-Romney one? You've got to search out both sides because both sides leave stuff out. How can you make an informed opinion with only one viewpoint?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 29, 2012


I'm guessing you haven't read the WSJ or the Fox News website.

Paul Jackson (not verified)
on Aug 30, 2012

Ok, first, Romney is a temple-going Mormon. He does wear magic Mormon underwear (temple garments), just like all good Mormons over the age of 19. Before he went on a mission, he went through the Mormon temple ritual called "initiation" where he was symbolically given the garment as a representation of the garment given to Adam when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden.

Mary Orcutt (not verified)
on Aug 30, 2012

Muslim (even if he were) or Mormon (even though he is) are not issues in our wonderful country where freedom of religion is guaranteed by our Constitution!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 30, 2012

Naming your son Jesus does not insure he will be a Christian. Naming him Mitt doesn't make him a Mormon but is he obeys the laws of Moroni, he is a Mormon.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 30, 2012

What Mitt believes is that Jesus Christ is his Savior, that he has a Father in Heaven (God) who is aware of him. That the 10 commandments are COMMANDMENTS and the way to live your life. That he loves the country enough to endure the mud slinging about his religion. He does not obey the "laws of Moroni". He believes the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
That is what makes him a Christian and a Mormon.

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