Sunday, December 9, 2007

Shoulda left well enough alone

Romney Speaks

Mitt Romney tried to gain momentum in the tightening Republican presidential race Thursday by giving a high-profile speech that aimed to allay concerns about his Mormonism by stressing the importance of religious faith in America.

“I believe in my Mormon faith, and I endeavor to live by it,” the Republican said at the presidential library of George H.W. Bush in College Station, Tex. “Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they’re right, so be it.”

Be careful what you wish for, Mitt. You just might get it.

Gary Glenn, American Family Association of Michigan
...the contents of the speech were unobjectionable, but...Romney’s sincerity on key issues critical to religious conservatives was suspect. Romney’s comment that American’s don’t “respect believers of convenience” was a self-indictment since he supported abortion rights and claimed to be a social moderate when running for office in Massachusetts.
Lee Harris, TCS Daily
Romney's best approach might have been to say nothing at all. Certainly that would have been preferable to trying to turn his candidacy into an issue of religious tolerance.
I could have told you to punt this one, Mitt. It was a no-win.