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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Stranger Than Fiction

So you’re Mitt Romney, and you want to be President of the United States, but you’ve got this problem: a significant number of Americans think your religion is a weird cult that used to sanction polygamy. A reporter asks you one of those dumb but utterly predictable questions candidates get asked: What’s your favorite book? You suppress the impulse to say “The Book of Mormon,” but instead tout Battlefield Earth, the mammoth and virtually unreadable sci-fi novel penned by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.This is hardly a big moment in the presidential campaign, but you’ve got to wonder what was going through the Mittster’s mind when he pulled this particularly ugly rabbit out of his hat. He might as well make the best of it, and fire off fundraising letters to Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

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