Presidential Candidate Willard (his real name) "Mitt" Romney (a.k.a. "I'm not nearly as crazy as John McCain") sat for an interview at
Fox Faux News Channel. I'm unable to link to any Fox video without breaking into a rash, but I can quote the text of the interview from the New York Times Caucus Blog:
What’s your favorite novel?” is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership.
A “Moby-Dick” lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal. A fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird” may well focus on racial justice.
When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. That book was turned into a film by John Travolta, a Scientologist.
A spokesman said later it was one of Mr. Romney’s favorite novels.“I’m not in favor of his religion by any means,” Mr. Romney, a Mormon, said. “But he wrote a book called ‘Battlefield Earth’ that was a very fun science-fiction book.”
Asked about his favorite book, Mr. Romney cited (WAIT FOR IT) the Bible.
At least one wag thinks Willard's choice of novel may sink his candidacy. I'm not sure - the teflon Ken doll (or TPJ, The Pompous Jackass as one friend dubbed him years ago) seems to skate more often than not. We'll see.
I watched the second half of the PBS/American Experience/Frontline special on the Mormons. Overall it was a bit snoozy - Monday night was a dry recitation of the history of the religion, Tuesday night presented a bit of the perceived weird stuff. The 4 hour show was well done, included interviews from across the spectrum of prominent and former Mormons. PBS announced at the end of the show that it was viewable on PBS.org and that there was additional content available too. How hip PBS.
(The image above is from this amusing story from American.com)