Besides a bushel of Bushes, immigration enthusiast money, the GOP hierachy etc. etc
., Chris Cannon`s primary challenger apparently faced an even more formidable opponent: God. Ot at least the leadership of the Mormon Church. The Salt Lake City Tribune`s
Robert Gehrke reports that, in an unusual step, church leaders issued a statement urging the faithful to vote in the primary. An increased turnout is generally presumed to help the incumbent. (LDS letter may have helped Cannon
, June 30 2006.)
The LDS statement came at the behest of Joe Cannon, chairman of the Utah GOP and Chris Cannon`s brother. In his excellent article, Gehrke reports that Joe Cannon is already under fire for his lack of neutrality in the race.
All of which bears out Patrick Cleburne`s comment after the primary: "How strange it is that Mormonism, that most American of religions, might well be causative in the Nation`s fall."
So it took heaven and hell (or at any rate Karl Rove`s White House) to save Chris Cannon this time. What will it take next time? Do other GOP incumbents really want this problem?