I was pleased at the way Jon Huntsman handled the debates this weekend and his last-minute surge in the New Hampshire primary. He’s intelligent without being condescending, confidant without being arrogant, and comes across as a caring individual with realistic goals. He makes Mormons look good.
I have been less happy with Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 candidacies. Although intelligent, competent, and a good family man, he strikes me as wanting the presidency badly enough to say or do anything to attain his goal. This streak of what I, and others, interpret as lack of integrity plays into a too common perception of Mormons as materialistic promoters.
We humans like members of our own group to look good—somehow we feel their success reflects positively on ourselves. And we cringe when members of our group embarrass us—feeling that others will blame or judge us for opinions or shortcomings not our own.