I suppose I could come up with a mellower title, but hey, this is blogging. Go read an online essay from a couple of weeks ago at PowerBlog entitled "Hugh Hewitt and the Mormon Question." Hewitt is telling everyone who will listen that Evangelicals who go after Romney on religious grounds are setting themselves up for other politicians — a fairly opportunistic bunch, these politicians — to go after them , the Evangelical Christians, on religious grounds. I'll bet half the country would agree with the following statement: "If you can't trust a Mormon in the White House, what makes you think you can trust an Evangelical Christian?" Would you? Evangelicals ought to just shut up and vote. Or at least just shut up.
Evangelicals are blissfully ignorant of the degree to which they are as vulnerable to religious demagoging as is Romney. Remember the noise about Ashcroft? Remember James Watt? He was a Secretary of the Interior under Reagan who was accused of implementing a "rape the land" program based in part on his fervently Evangelical religious beliefs. So be careful who you backstab — it could turn out to be yourself. [Five bonus points to anyone who can put a little more poetical punch into that little quip.]
Other recent pieces on the Romney issue: Get Religion's Scrutiny and Opportunity; an SL Trib piece by Peggy Fletcher Stack that considers how all the publicity on the Romney issue will affect the Church; just about everything posted at Article VI Blog, which, if nothing else, has made us all a little more familiar with "no religious test" clause of Article VI; and Nate's "Are Mormons American?" at T&S.