Not surprisingly, Mormon Republicans strongly favor Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy, but polls show he is also popular with Mormon Democrats. No one should be particularly surprised at this example of religion trumping politics. Mitt and Ann Romney are the epitome of Mormon success—living proof that keeping the Word of Wisdom, holding Family Home Evenings, attending church, and magnifying Church callings results in blessings in this life as well as the life to come.
The Romney’s diligence in keeping the commandments has paid off with a large family of active Mormon children and grandchildren, prestigious church callings, and a really, really comfortable lifestyle—“Which Cadillac shall I drive today?” Church members need look no further for evidence that sacrifices made for good standing in the Church are worth it. The Romney example should also aid missionary work.
With so many pluses to the Romney candidacy, it’s small wonder that Republican Mormons can overlook his flip-flops on conservative issues as mere political expediency. A stranger support group are Mormon Democrats. For them Romney’s positions on social issues—more tax breaks for the über-rich, cutting programs that aid the poor—must matter less than his and Ann’s sterling example of devout Mormons making good in a corrupt world.