Matthew Bowman

President Romney, Compassionate Conservative? How Mormonism May Shape Mitt’s Welfare Policies
February 08, 2012

Last week’s by-now-infamous comment by Mitt Romney—“I’m not concerned about the very poor”—has led the media to ask just how much personal sympathy he has for those less fortunate than himself. But in a sense, that’s the wrong question: Romney has spent a significant amount time and energy as both a politician and a lay leader in his church seeking to better the lot of poor Americans. That probably says more about his personal levels of compassion than an awkward off-the-cuff statement.

Mormonism’s Surprisingly Deep Affinity For Progressive Politics
November 21, 2011

Matthew Bowman looks at the link between Mormonism and progressivism in this 2011 article.

Generation Gap
May 12, 2011

Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, ambassador to China, and potential presidential contender, used to play the keyboard in a prog rock cover band called Wizard. In fact, he dropped out of high school, temporarily, in favor of music practices in a warehouse on the outskirts of Salt Lake City.