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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Take my wives, please

Are the chicken coming home to roost for Myth Romney?

It's hardly a surprise that the Christian conservatives are scrambling to find a candidate. John McCain has been persona non grata since he told off Jerry Falwell and his cronies as "agents of intolerance"and no amount of pandering will change those hardened hearts.

Rudy Giuliani? Yeah right. Three wives, tolerant of gays and a supporter of woman's right to choose.

That's why Myth has been working so hard to flip-flop into positions acceptable to the mullahs of the Christian Right. And that's why this story will throw yet another monkey wrench into his plans.
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.
Ever family tree has roots those who follow would prefer to cut off. And I've said before that the problem with Romney is not his religious beliefs -- but the fact that he doesn't appear to believe in anything except the next election.

But this story about the polygamy roots in the Romney clan -- even after the practice was declared illegal by both church and state -- adds a new element to his problem. And it is called hypocrisy.

Romney's jokes "marriage is between a man and a woman ... and a woman and a woman." But, as the AP notes, in serious moments he has called the practice "bizarre" and noted his church excommunicates those who engage in it.

A Romney supporter would say the same definitions apply to his view of gay marriage. And we are talking a reverse position here -- a legal form of marriage was eventually declared illegal.

But I would argue his insistence on only one true way of viewing things -- in light of his own faith's journey on the topic of marriage -- makes him open to the hypocrisy charge. And of course, that's only after noting all his changes on the topic, depending whether his opponent was Ted Kennedy or John McCain.

You don't have to be a Christian Right mullah to be worried about Romney's intellectual honesty.

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