Saturday, April 11, 2009

Two Mormons, one White House, (and one Brandon Flowers)

They're at your door with a message.

Only this time, it's about philosophy; not prophets.

The Salt Lake Tribune contrasts Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman; and settles on the emerging narrative: can two Mormons survive in one Republican primary?

John Green, a senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum, answers with a good yes/no:

"If you have two Mormons in the race, one could imagine you're diluting whatever religious opposition there might be. On the other hand, it could magnify that".

Here's a question you won't read about in the Tribune.

Could Brandon Flowers possibly be the coolest guy in the universe?

He's Mormon (which we know immediately drops your "cool" factor among kids to about 2. Sorry.), but he fronts a rock band that's currently positioned as the most indie/4 quad/major label group in the music scene.

And not only that -- he swears open allegiance to Pet Shop Boys, rock's philosophical opposite -- and still somehow rises above the glitter and pop.

He's still rock. He's still Mormon. He's still Brandon Flowers.

[Hat tip: Chris Cillizza]


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