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December 04, 2006

Take a Look at Mitt Romney for President

The last midterm vote was still being counted when the nascent 2008 presidential candidates put their exploratory committees into action. So here we go. I want to reiterate (from this summer) my early interest in Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

I’ve liked his creativity and dexterity in acting on his conservatism in the alligator pond of Massachusetts. He elevated life over self-interest, and I liked his formulation on the standards for the death penalty. And he’s tried to roll back the advances of the same-sex marriages folks in his state.

Would Republican evangelicals support Romney? More than Guiliani or McCain, I think.

Some think they wouldn’t.

Evangelical Republicans out there: How about a conservative who has learned how to get things done in the midst of liberalism? How about Romney?

Posted by Jim at December 4, 2006 01:26 PM

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Will you accept a thought from an evangelical Non-Republican?

"How about a conservative who has learned how to get things done in the midst of liberalism?"

This, I think, "conservative" evangelicals would love.

"How about a conservative MORMON who has learned how to get things done in the midst of liberalism?"

THIS, I think, "conservative" evangelicals would run away from and actively discourage.

Posted by: Dan Trabue at December 4, 2006 05:55 PM

Some might, but I don't think all, and really I don't think most would run away from that. I wouldn't, speaking as a conservative Evangelical Republican. Don't know all his specifics, but his Mormonism alone is not enough to utterly discredit him in my eyes.

Posted by: Doug Payton at December 5, 2006 08:30 AM

It's entirely possible I could be wrong (big surprise, huh?). I've seen no polling data or any research into the matter.

That's just my hunch.

Posted by: Dan Trabue at December 5, 2006 07:00 PM

Very, very few presidents would have passed a test of theological orthodoxy. Many were closer to universalism, unitarianism, deism, or even atheism, regardless of the denominations to which they adhered.

Mormonism's rejection of the Christian church is appalling, producing esoteric teachings that are bizarre and subversive to Christian faith. I will not vote for Mormonism, any more than I would vote for universalism or atheism. But I can certainly be persuaded to vote for a Mormon, and have been so for public offices other than president - just as I have voted for heretics of many stripes.

The fuss over Romney's Mormonism is a symptom of the wrong kind of idealism that leads to retreat from politics. Politics, like Mormonism, is the world not the church.

Posted by: Mark Mc at December 5, 2006 10:10 PM

Evangelical Protestant here who would be glad to vote for Romney. I wonder how much of this conflict is manufactured by people who dislike both evangelicals and Mormons, trying to get a "let's you and him fight" going.

Posted by: Assistant Village Idiot at December 9, 2006 03:32 PM

You couldn't get me to come within a mile of ANY Republican candidate. As far as I'm concerned it is the party of the Pharisees-- of the worst Pharisees. It has used religion to hate, to bash and to divide Americans. So I'm not rising to take the bait from one more Republican who is trying to use religious motivation to hoodwink Americans. And I think that America is getting what it deserves at the hands of Iraq and Iran- interestingly enough, the same powers God used to bring Israel to justice over its hard-hearted, hypocritical arrogance.

Posted by: Mark at April 6, 2007 01:24 PM