Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Mexican

It's hard to see exactly what the point is of this Salt Lake Tribune column entitled "Romney's Mexican Roots," and the breathless tone may in fact be a joke I'm just not getting, but still.

All that embarrassing stuff about Mormonism and polygamy is nothing compared to this latest revelation.

Mitt is the son of a Mexican.

In fact, he comes from a long line of Mexicans. ...

In 1884, Miles Park Romney moved his family south to avoid being tossed in the state penitentiary in Sugar House. Gaskel Romney, born in St. George in 1871 to Miles' first wife (he would eventually have five) married Anna Amelia Pratt. Mitt's father, George Romney, was born in 1907 in Colonia Dublan, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The family came north for good in 1912 to escape the troubles stirred up by the Mexican Revolution.

In other words, some of Romney's ancestors were Americans who lived in Mexico, and his dad was an American who was born in Mexico and lived there until he was five. Is there a "long line of Mexicans" in this family tree that I'm missing?

More stupidly, of course, the writer, Pat Bagley, appears unaware that up until 1848 the entire state of Utah was Mexican. Applying his own standard for being "Mexican," Brigham Young himself, who settled with his followers in Mexico's Salt Lake Valley in July, 1847, was a Mexican. And since a huge swath of modern Utah is descended from those pioneers, El Mitt is not so unique. In fact, I'm surprised the Utah for Bill Richardson site is as anemic as it is.

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