Saturday, 20 October 2012 13:22

Salt Lake City Tribune etch a sketches Mitt Romney, backs Obama, who cares?

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romney-etch-a-sketch1Whom would have thunk it?

Certainly, conventional wisdom  would say that the most prominent newspaper in Utah, the most Mormon of Mormon states would be glowing with praise for the presidency of Mitt Romney, a Mormon.



After all, Mitt Romney is the first Mormon ever to be nominated to be President of the United States.

However, one editorial staff has other opinions—the Salt Lake City Tribune.

That newspaper not only backed the re-election of Barack Obama but it slammed the state’s favorite son, even if the son is not from the state at all.  In fact, it etch-a-sketched Mitt Romney.  You remember etch a sketch, of course.  That was the label then-Presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave his opponent when he opposed Romney before he supported him.

At the time, Romney was in the minds of most republicans the epitome of the chamelon man, a candidate who could-be and would-be whatever-he-needed-to-be to please the crowds and to get their votes.

Here are some of the relevant comments from this ever-so-surprising Tribune endorsement:

Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people……

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

Will the Tribune’s support hurt the Mittster?

Not in Utah.

According to most polls, the republican leads by over 40 points.

But, where the numbers could make some differences is in the area of national public opinion assuming the voters outside of the borders of Utah, especially those in battleground states know of and are influenced by the opinion.

If not, it is really simply a waste of ink or web space, depending upon one’s reading preference.

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