With all the flap about Mitt Romney yesterday (in case you were asleep, the New York Times published an article about a group of Republican strategists pitching to at least one billionaire to get the $10 million needed to fund a campaign against Obama based on his former pastor’s statements a long time ago). Mitt Romney to his credit, quickly came out to distance himself from these efforts. There has been much written about his motivation this time (he recently did not criticize a woman in Ohio who called for Obama’s trial for treason). Some have said that Romney is trying to stay focussed on the economy and is having trouble corralling the conservative cats on the Republican activist right.
I have a much simpler suggestion as to why Mitt Romney went public to criticize this so quickly: He has been lucky not to have any overt discussion about Mormonism during his election so far. Any momentary schadenfreude he might experience reading about Wright and Obama would be overwhelmed by his horror at the thought of having to have an open dialogue with those who would criticize all the crazy in Mormonism. If Obama were indeed to go negative, that’s so very obviously the place to go.
Do you think if Obama were the Mormon that all Republican groups would let it go?