Religious Right Backing Romney?
Steve Benen has rounded up some stories and come to the conclusion that the religious right is slowly coalescing around Mitt Romney because the more religious candidates are less plausible and the other plausible candidates are less religious. This inevitably raises The Mormon Question but at least one influential Evangelical has concluded that, “as a Southern Baptist evangelical and political conservatives, I am convinced I have more in common with most Mormons than I do with a liberal Southern Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic or a liberal from any other denomination or faith group.”
As a man without a dog in that fight, I’d agree. Romney is clearly more devout than Rudy Giuliani or John “The Baptist” McCain. Still, I wonder how much it matters who James Dobson and company decide to endorse?
- A recent Gallup poll shows Americans more likely to vote for a black man than a Mormon, with Evangelical Republicans likely comprising the entirety of the definite No’s.
- A recent ABC/WaPo poll has 53% saying the definitely won’t vote for Romney, the highest of any candidate.
- Mormons believe some really odd things from the perspective of mainstream religious folk.
- Romney has raised quite a bit of money. Mostly, from his favorite supporter: Mitt Romney.
There’s no sign of a pro-Romney groundswell and plenty of signs that the Republican nominating electorate views him with deep suspicion. The fact that he’s more likely to cozy up to the leadership of the Christian conservative movement — which is a movement that eschews leadership and organization — is unlikely to offset any of that.