It’s no great secret that the Boston Globe is no great friend to religion — especially if that religion tends towards the conservative and traditional. But Tuesday they sunk to a new low.
It’s an open secret that Massachusetts’ governor, Mitt Romney, is eying a run for the Oval Office in 2008. And one of his strengths is he’s a devout Mormon — which means he has that reputation for decency and integrity going for him.
(Yes, I remember the dust-up around here a few months ago involving Mormonism. I will point out that I was criticizing ONE practice of a GROUP of Mormons, not the faith as a whole. While I find their missionaries annoying and fight to not giggle at zit-faced 18-year-olds with name tags calling them “elders,” overall I have quite a bit of respect for individual Mormons.)
Romney is, to put it mildly, not beloved of the Globe. He opposes gay marriage, keeps the liberals from running totally amok in the Bay State, and doesn’t kowtow to their every whim.
So, what do you do when you’re trying to take down Mr. Clean?
Why, you try to alienate him from one of the larger factions in the GOP he’ll need to court. You try and pick a fight between him and the Christian Right.
I’ve lived in New Hampshire all my life, and I’ve seen newspapers do a lot of contemptible things. Hell, I grew up reading the Union Leader, back when William Loeb was still blighting the landscape.
But this just might be a new low.