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THE PLANK JUNE 21, 2007

South Of The Border

What is it about the South Carolina GOP primary and dirty tricks? The Boston Globe reports on the anti-Mormon smear campaign against Mitt Romney that's happening everywhere--but appears to be particularly intense in the Palmetto State:

There have been numerous anonymous attacks, too, such as an unsigned, eight-page screed that arrived last month in the mailboxes of influential South Carolina Republicans charging that Mormonism was a "politically dangerous" religion founded on a hoax. Sent from Providence, the mailing alleged that church members believe in multiple gods, likened its founder, Joseph Smith, to the Islamic prophet Mohammed, and raised alarm about future directives Mormons may be required to follow.
Romney's detractors have also used e-mail to stir suspicions about his faith. One note sent to South Carolina voters warned of the "dark suspicions" about Mormonism, telling recipients to "trust your instincts" because "Mitt Romney has a family secret he doesn't want you to know," Salon, the online magazine, reported recently. The "secret" was the long-acknowledged fact that Romney has polygamous ancestors, Salon reported.

Are Romney's polygamous ancestors in '08 the equivalent of McCain's black baby in '00?

--Jason Zengerle

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