[9/9 Update: GetReligion posted a second, even more provocative look at this issue: The Exaltation of Mitt Romney. And there are some interesting comments, too. This story is heating up fast!]
Following up my earlier post on Romney's Evangelical problem, I'll highlight two posts from my newly-installed blog feeds on the left sidebar. GetReligion (run by several religion journalists) posted An Evangelical Problem?, discussing Amy Sullivan's recent article arguing that Romney will have real problems with Evangelical voters if he decides to run for president. The comments to the blog post are worth reading, too. The Revealer also posted a short piece with the eye-catching title Mormons Drink Christian Baby Blood, Don't They? Their point is that mainstream media reporters have discounted Romney's religious problem with Evangelicals because they don't take conservative religious leaders (who make little attempt to hide their unhappiness with Mormonism) seriously or consider their opinions to be newsworthy. At The Revealer's main page, the story was at the top of their "Today" column. Personally, I think "likeability" drives more of the average voter's response than most pundits allow. There's nothing to prevent many Evangelical voters from saying to themselves, "I still don't like Mormons, but I like Romney and I'll vote for him."