The AP vs. Romney

Let me join the chorus in condemning this disgraceful AP hit piece against Romney:

SALT LAKE CITY – Though Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate’s great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.

When I saw this outrageous story, my first thought was that it read like an Onion parody of how absurdly overboard the media goes in digging up dirt on presidential candidates. It’s hard to know whether to chalk this up to liberal bias or religious bigotry that for some reason is tolerated when Mormons are involved.

Personally, I don’t think that Romney’s Mormonism should be an issue in this campaign, at all. I’m somewhat tolerant of the viewpoint that because faith is important in his life, the public should know how it affects how he would lead. But to cite a sermon given by his great-great-grandfather almost a century before he was born in a desperate effort to associate him with the stereotypes people have of his religion, is really a new low for the media.

My only hope is that the AP has gone so far overboard with this one, and utterly embarrassed itself to such a degree, that it will force the media to create some boundries as far as how they cover Romney’s religous background.