Sometime on or before November 4, 2008, the Romney campaign is going to tank. (Dwelling too long on the possibility that he won’t tank is not good for the cardiac health of both his supporters and his opponents, so we’ll ignore that possibility for now.) After the Romney candidacy is no more, how are we Mormons going to make people notice us? Maybe at first we wished all the commotion would go away and life would go back to normal, pre-Romney, pre-SLC Winter Olympics, but eventually all that attention becomes addictive. At some point soon–if we haven’t reached it already–we’ll want to be the subject of documentaries. Having presidential campaigns insult us, and then apologize to us, is heady stuff. It confirms for us, at the highest level, our contradictory foundational myths that we are uniquely persecuted and uniquely loved. Are you sure you want all the attention to end?
Craving the spotlight tends to shuffle our priorities. Who needs rapprochement with the Evangelicals, when odd doctrines will get you on the cover of Newsweek? Let’s talk Kolob! Polygamy, theocracy, and horrible fates for outsiders? Yeargghh! It’s our ticket to HBO and movie screens near you. C’mon. There’s got to be another documentary in here somewhere. Just get us back on camera and we’ll say whatever you want. Please?
So, what do you think all the attention will do to us? And who is going to be the Mormon media meal ticket after Romney?