Skip to comments.Ted Kennedy's Anti-Mormon Moment
Posted on 05/23/2012 4:18:22 AM PDT by Wolf13
Those looking for hints about what role faith might play in the presidential election campaign would do well to recall Ted Kennedy's bitter and bruising 1994 Massachusetts Senate campaign against Mitt Romney.
Facing the prospect of losing his well-worn seat to the political novice, Kennedy and his surrogates unleashed a broadside against Romney's Mormon faith. The episode may offer a preview of how the Obama re-election campaign will address Romney's faith, and how Romney will respond.
Sen. Kennedy was the weakest he'd ever been as he sought re-election in 1994. In his six terms in office, Kennedy had never trailed a general election opponent in a poll, and he'd never won by fewer than 14 percentage points.
But 1994 was different. Since his last election, the image of Kennedy as a philandering, reckless drunk had been etched in voters' minds, in part due to revelations of his carousing that had emerged three years earlier in the rape trial of his nephew, William Kennedy Smith.
Plus at 62, Kennedy looked tired, old and overweight -- a stark contrast to the relatively young, fit, clean-living Romney. "Kennedy fatigue," more than one political pundit observed, had set in. By September Romney had won the Republican primary and was neck-and-neck with Kennedy.
Desperate to tarnish Romney's family man image, Kennedy and his surrogates attacked Romney's faith, citing the Mormon Church's past racially exclusive policies and its denial of the priesthood to women. (To cover himself, Kennedy also began publicly calling for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church.)
Kennedy was making a calculated appeal to female voters, political commentators said, a demographic Kennedy had long depended on but was struggling to attract that year.
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By pre-emptively stating that he will not raise the Reverend Wright issue, this is what Romney hopes to avoid.
Good luck with that.
Before it is over the country will know more about Mormonism than it ever dreamed possible. All in the hope that Romney will appear stupid in contrast to Obama who is beginning to be portrayed as He Who Stands Above All Religion.
Ironically, it was another Mormon (Orrin Hatch) who performed musical fellatio upon Fat Teddy with his fawning ‘Headed Home’ song, in praise of the Traitor from Assachusetts. A pox on both their houses.
1994 was a history making election for Republicans and conservatives.
Mitt Romney lost his race by 17 points.