Sunday, October 21, 2012

Odd. One of Romney's favorite books is L. Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth,"

That bad, hyperbolic simile was written by L. Ron Hubbard, and it's in "Battlefield Earth," Hubbard's massive 1982 sci-fi novel, listed on Romney's Facebook page as one of his favorite books.

Much about Romney the public figure — and about his opponent and presidential candidates in general — seems depressingly scripted. But "Battlefield Earth" is a work that's so odd, and such an unlikely choice for any political candidate to name as a favorite, I have little doubt that Romney actually read it. Why else would the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party name the founder of the Church of Scientology as one of his favorite authors?

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