Politicians sometimes say the damnedest things. Take the Democratic governor of Montana for instance. Obviously sent forth by the Obama campaign as an attack dog now that Mitt Romney is the presumed GOP candidate, the governor went for every negative angle he could find, including pointing out the Mitt’s father was born in a polygamous Mormon settlement in Mexico. That would certainly hurt Mitt, he opined, because polls show American women by a large majority detest polygamy.
True enough. The history is that polygamy was illegal by the US, and was thus eschewed by the Latter-Day-Saints in order to gain statehood for Utah in the late 1800s. Some Mormons who considered the practice to be an important part of their faith demurred, emigrating to Mexico, where they peacefully continued to adhere to the original doctrine.
However Mitt’s father was not polygamous, nor was his grandfather. In fact one has to go back to his great-grandfather to find an ancestor who engaged in polygamy.
As unlikely as that connection is to cause a problem for Romney, there is however another candidate for president whose father was polygamous before, when, and after that candidate was born.
That candidate? Barrack Obama.
So much for zingers.