Gordon B. Stinky
Date: September 19, 2023 05:07PM
I wonder if that church schism projects outside of Utah onto two groups: traditional republicans and the more populist republicans. ??? But I think wealthy republicans can belong to the latter group.
For example, my late father, who was a retired military officer and had a small rental property empire, wasn't "rich" but was certainly worry free. Romney was not his choice in the primaries, but the instant Romney was nominated, he was rooting for Romney. Same with my older non-TBM brother, who at the time was an active military officer.
OTOH, my TBM brother, also an officer on active duty, was solidly behind Romney just because Romney is mormon (I assume, because he likely otherwise shared my dad's values). I do know this: in the primary season for the 2008 election cycle, I was visiting and my TBM brother's daughter asked him in a voice laced with worry, "Daddy, what if Mitt Romney doesn't get the nomination?" From her quavery tone and demeanor, you'd think that it would be the end of the world (probably because at home and church that's what she was hearing). Mittens was not nominated and I'm sure they were crushed, but I'm also sure that my brother voted for McCain who did get the nomination, and not Obama.
My dad and non-TBM brother didn't like Romney's politics or religion, but voted for him anyway. My TBM-brother supported Mittens through multiple election cycles, even though Romney probably was "not conservative enough," because he strongly identifies with Romney's religion. A lot of people vote for the party once the candidates are selected, even if their preferred candidate is not nominated. For many, he was just the flavor of the day. For some, he was and still is the flavor.
Anyway, all that to say, I don't think he went from saint to persona non grata. For a lot of people, I think he went from persona non grata, to "I'll hold my nose and vote for you," and then back to persona non-grata. And some people liked him all along.
I think the more mormon-centric one's worldview, the more likely they were to support Romney, even if he wasn't conservative enough.
Sorry to ramble...hopefully there's something coherent above. :D
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/19/2023 05:08PM by Gordon B. Stinky.