As everyone knows by now, Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses by a landslide, garnering over 50% of the vote. What is less well known is why. In entrance polling, one quarter of Nevada Republican caucus attendees revealed they were Latter-day Saints, and 95% of those said they were voting for Romney. Ninety five percent!
As an active Latter-day Saint, I have to admit being somewhat embarrassed. This brings up shadows of the bad old days where Mormons voted as a block, for whomever Brother Brigham told them to vote for. Except in this case, Brother Gordon is saying the exact opposite; the Church continues to emphasize its political neutrality, it is not endorsing Romney, and even chastised his campaign early on for using BYU mailing lists for fund raising.
A related anecdote. I was engaged in a friendly debate with a good Mormon friend who is a passionate Romney supporter. After bringing up his many flip-flops on the issues, her response was: "Isn't it okay to say whatever it takes to get elected, if you know you're the best person for the job?" I was speechless. The ends justify the means? Come on, that's not what our values are!
Listen up, my fellow Latter-day Saints. We need to take the Romney campaign at its word: There should be no religious test for whom you vote for as President of the United States. Governor Huntsman is a good example for you Utah Mormon Republicans. He's looked at the candidates, and is supporting John McCain. At least McCain's biggest claim to fame is not as an easy target for late-night comedians as someone who will say anything to get elected.