Utah Senator Mike Lee describes what he calls "the Utah Model" of governance, which he feels could benefit the nation if followed more widely in Congress (Aug. 20 guest commentary, "The Utah Model").
He fails to mention that the Utah culture historically finds root in "the Zion Model" fashioned by the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith in a bygone era. When the two models are held up to the light, the Utah model is but a shadow of the former vision.
I was never more evident than in the 2012 Presidential Election when the Mormon-Republican-Romney campaign was derailed by a hug that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave to President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. At that point, public sentiment shifted in favor of the incumbent president and he was re-elected by a wide margin.
Some writers actually referred to the Mitt Romeny campaign crash as an "act of God" since Hurricane Sandy had taken an unexpected shift westward, thereby setting the stage for the bipartisan brotherly embrace.
While the Romney-Republican train wreck is still smoldering, whey would anyone put confidence in "the Utah Model."
The Utah senatorial candidate in the mold of former LDS Church Historian Marlin K. Jensen would be more likely to bring a meeting of the rails. Return Senator Mike Lee to the roundhouse.