Get Religion has a post reviewing a Washington Times story on Mitt Romney's recent visit to California. He was a big hit at the California Republican Convention, with one attendee declaring, "He's got the charisma Kennedy had and the morals we wish Kennedy would have had."
So how is it that folks can admire Romney's integrity and morality but not make the connection linking his character to his also being a practicing Mormon? Why is the religious label such a negative for Evangelicals despite the obvious fact that his Mormon religion is a big positive for Romney himself and that it therefore contributes to what most people seem to like about him? If he passes the character test with flying colors (and Evangelicals seem to feel that way), why should the religious label be such a big deal? Voting is not a religious act, yet they speak about voting for Romney like it is the moral equivalent of offering a pagan sacrifice to Caesar.
The post has links to three other GR posts on Romney — they're doing a real nice job there tracking how the media covers Romney. The media has been fair with Romney and he is connecting nicely with the voters. Maybe when the primaries start rolling and debates kick in, Evangelicals will start thinking more like citizens and less like sectarians. As long as Romney doesn't say he was brainwashed into supporting the war in Iraq. That would be bad.