A Nov. 9 Spokesman-Review article was entitled “Mormons glad their religion wasn’t a factor in election.” Of course it was a factor – maybe even the deciding one.
Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan ran a faith-based campaign. The removal of Planned Parenthood and a vow to overturn Roe v. Wade scared many women and men who care about women. Yes, the Mormons were pleased that so many evangelicals voted for a Mormon. Big surprise.
The Mormon/Conservative Catholic candidates and the evangelicals were on the same page: make abortion illegal again. Men and women who didn’t want a faith-based government voted their fears, and they were the majority. Republican candidates who had their rape speech blunders were also denied Senate seats.
If the Republicans can’t wrest control of the party from the right-wing religious conservatives, the party will continue to lose elections.