May 1, 2007
Mitt Romney, secret Scientologist
From last night’s Caucus:
“What’s your favorite novel?” is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership.
A “Moby-Dick” lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal. A fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird” may well focus on racial justice.
When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. That book was turned into a film by John Travolta, a Scientologist.
A spokesman said later it was one of Mr. Romney’s favorite novels.
“I’m not in favor of his religion by any means,” Romney, a Mormon, said. “But he wrote a book called ‘Battlefield Earth’ that was a very fun science-fiction book.”
That would be the book The Economist (back in 1984) described as “an unsubtle saga, atrociously written, windy and out of control,” and which sci-fi rag Analog (in 1983) slammed as “a wish-fulfillment fantasy wholly populated by the most one-dimensional of cardboard characters.”
Asked subsequently about his real most favoritist book, Romney cited the Bible.
Which doesn’t take him very far up the evolutionary scale, literature-wise.
(In other news, Posh is reading some of Hubbard’s other masterpieces.)
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