It’s hard to imagine Mitt Romney not taking the GOP nomination. John McCain will never win over the base and Rudy Guiliani is an emotional timebomb with a walk-in closet full of skeletons and drag gear. Leaving aside his shameless about-faces on every major issue, Romney is the only credible Republican whose philandering hasn’t provoked at least one bitter divorce. If Newt Gingrich makes a serious entry Mitt would still be the only one.
So let’s say that Romney will take the GOP nomination. Like any GOP nominee he might as well stay home f he can’t convince the religious right to turn out for him. Hell, most would say the current president has already made a hopeless goat out of whoever the GOP nominates but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Safe to say that Mitt’s tactics need work.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) did not discuss his Mormon faith as he continued his outreach Saturday to conservative Christians in a graduation speech at Regent University, the school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson.
Instead, Romney, who is intensely courting this key segment of the Republican base in hopes of winning the party’s 2008 presidential nomination, expounded on conservative themes such as the importance of child-rearing and marriage and the presence of evil in the world.
This strategy of pushing the audience’s cultural buttons while sweeping his own spirituality under the rug is the opposite of what Mitt needs to do here. There isn’t a group in America more tired of pandering sound bites that the American religious right. If Romney won’t address the one question that every one of them came looking to ask, which is to what degree Romney’s unfamiliar religion dovetails with their own agenda and to what degree it (inevitably) doesn’t then I don’t see why he bothered to come. It’s not like he needs any help reinforcing his mister cellophane image.
Independents, Reagan Democrats and the John Cole Republicans already plan to vote with their feet while evangelical leaders stand on the edge of dropping their obsessive focus on single issues and a single party. The GOP is cooked if the best they can find is a guy who reinforces every negative stereotype of the pandering, principle-free pol who will forget his religious base by mid-November.