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Fred Barnes Spins "September Dawn" For Mitt Romney

Reported by Deborah - August 27, 2007 -

On Saturday's Beltway Boys, 8/25/07, Fred Barnes tried to soften any impact the release of the new film, September Dawn, might have on Mitt Romney's campaign. Barnes nervously shared with viewers a theory that the film isn't about Mormons at all but is really about religious fanaticism

Here's what Barnes told Jeff Birnbaum who was in for Mort Kondracke.

BARNES: Here's "The Buzz", Jeff. I'm sure you've seen Jon Voight in many movies, and he's the star of "September Dawn," which opened this week. And this is an unusual movie, something that happened 150 years ago in Utah when a group of covered wagons, people moving from Arkansas to California, were massacred by Mormons. And this is the subject of the movie.

Now, Jon Voight says this is a movie about religious fanaticism. And it is a metaphor for the kind of religious fanaticism we see today that's carried out by Islamic Jihadists and those who did the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

He said it's not about the Mormon Church today and has nothing to say about the campaign for the presidency of Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is a Mormon and the first Mormon to run. And I don't think it's going to affect Romney's campaign. He has completely ignored this movie.

What's interesting is in watching it, is whether this — whether you see it as a metaphor. Does it occur to you that you see this religious fanaticism — does it make you think about the Jihadists today? The answer is yes. The metaphor works. It's an amazing movie.

BIRNBAUM: Mitt Romney certainly hopes so.

Also this weekend the HBO series about a contemporary polygamous family in Utah, Big Love, had it's 2nd season finale. The series has gained in popularity in 2007 and can only increase the public's confusion about Mormons and polygamy.

To top things off for Romney, one of his big supporters in the Senate, Larry Craig R. Idaho, was arrested for making lewd advances to an undercover agent in an airport bathroom. All the lurid details were reported in Roll Call today.

Mitt Romney needs all the spin he can get right now.