I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over at his blog, Andrew Sullivan has been going off on Mitt Romney for his Mormonism.
That’s not exactly how Andrew would put itâhe’s very careful to insist that he’s not anti-religiousâbut I think if you look at the steady stream of posts on the subject, it’s a fair description. His posts have included topics such as Mormons and race, Mormon underwear, Mormons and tithing, and Mormons and miscegenation.
This is fine by me, as I think that even by the standards of organized religion, Mormonism is pretty nutty. And I don’t think that the country is ready for a Mormon president. (Not to mention that Romney, of course, has other problems.)
Also, I’ve always thought that Andrew, despite his classical conservative political heritage, would be more comfortable as a Democrat than as a Republican. In his younger days, he just liked to be contrarian for its own sake, and as a marketing tool. IMHO.
So here’s a thought about the GOP field. Mitt Romney will never be the Republican nominee for president. A Mormon Republican from Massachusetts? No way.
Nor will Rudy Giuliani. A mistress-keeping, gay-roommating Republican from New York? No way. Plus, Giuliani’s used to unquestioning adulation on the speaking trail ever since 9/11. (Ugh. Enough, Rudy.) In the heat of a presidential campaign, he’ll lose it.
That leaves McCain, Hagel and Frist. (Am I forgetting anyone?) This is underwhelming. Frist is a hack. I kind of like Hagel, and he may be the dark horse, but Republicans tend to discourage first-time candidacies.
McCain’s never run a really strong national raceâhe’s too much of a Beltway insider. (My litmus test: Anyone who’s tight with Don Imus is a Beltway insider, and thus will never be president.)
Not to mention the fact that McCain has been a steadfast supporter of the war.
The GOP is in trouble…this is a very weak field of candidates.