And There’s the Mormon Card

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Not cool, Governor Schweitzer:

While discussing swing states, Schweitzer said Romney would have a “tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him,” and I replied that was mildly ironic since Mitt’s father was born in Mexico, giving the clan a nominal claim to being Hispanic. Schweitzer replied that it is “kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy.” Women, he said, are “not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”

It's true that the fact that Romney's father lived among polygamists, though wasn't one himself, could become a political liability for him. But that is the case only if Democrats decide to tie Romney to the people his father associated with as a child. Which would be, you know, unfair. Does Schweitzer think that Romney is going to be the victim of that sort of whisper campaign, or is he volunteering to lead it?