'Tin Man' Romney Is Mormon at Heart
'Proudly square' persona provides key to Mitt: Maureen Dowd
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2012 2:27 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets suporters after holding a forum at American Legion Post 15 in Sumter, South Carolina, January 14, 2012. South Carolina will hold its Republican primary...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Spock vs. the Tin Man? That's how Maureen Dowd sees the likely matchup between President Obama and Mitt Romney for the Oval Office: "Neither the president nor his likely challenger are bon vivant, backslapping types," she writes in the New York Times. "Both like to see themselves as pragmatists and saviors." Still, she's able to peek behind the well-coiffed Romney persona with help from The Real Romney, a book that delves into Mitt's devotion to Mormonism.

"Peek" is the word, because "some important moments for Mormons are restricted to Mormons"—even Mitt's marriage in flowing white robes was off-limits to the in-laws. But Romney reportedly hopes to bring Mormonism into the mainstream with his candidacy. And his "proudly square" Mormon persona, backed by a 42-year marriage, at least seems authentic—more so than the help-the-poor rhetoric he uses to promote his tax plan, "which would help the wealthy and hurt the poor," Dowd writes.

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Jan 16, 2012 10:41 AM CST
Joseph Smith the founder of the mormom cult, got his principles for the church while talking to a lizard. The mormons believe that god lives on a planet in our solar system. They believe you should have as many wifes as you can afford. The only other American born religion or cult is scientology, another real wack job. For the people of earth the truth is not far off, keep looking at the stars.
Jan 16, 2012 7:35 AM CST
In mormon families, the dad reigns supreme. Romney seems to embrace this in all aspects of his life.
Jan 15, 2012 7:10 PM CST
As both a pragmatic and skeptic Xristian, and seeing the LDS rank & file vs. their leadership, all I can say is RP 2012. The more you find out about everything above your working class LDS friends, the less you will like, IMO, but it is not for me to say more. Find out for yourself and to the extent you do, you will be able to live with the results. As a Christian, its very unlikely I'd ever vote for Romney for any office higher than Dog-Catcher.