Mormon vs. Mormon, or What Would it Take For a Third-Party Candidate to Win a Presidential Election in America?
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My brother-in-law and I were talking in pure hypotheticals about the political prospects of a Latter-day Saint running for President of the United States. I have always been of the opinion that it is a true impossibility. Anti-Mormon bigotry simply will not let it happen. This bigotry stems from the ingrained and in-bred antagonism of Evangelicals against Latter-day Saints, which in turn might stem from myriad reasons (but I subscribe to explanations that look to the influence of priestcraft, although that is a topic for a different post).
What if, however, (and of course this is far-fetched) Americans only had a Latter-day Saint to choose from in a presidential election? What if, for example, the Dems put up their Senate minority leader, Harry Reid against MA's Republican governor, Mitt Romney? If this absurd hypothetical were to happen, I would stand firm on my belief that a Latter-day Saint cannot become the President of this country because of religious bigotry against Latter-day Saints. If I am right, then this might be exactly what is needed for a Third-party candidate to win an election in this two-party country. Short of this, I fail to see how a third-party candidate from any independent party can win a presidential election in the United States.