That’s the title of an interesting op-ed from yesterday’s Boston Globe. Here’s a historical perspective you don’t often hear:
But history shows that Republican presidential candidates who fall on either end of the continuum, who either embody the Christian Right (Pat Robertson in 1988) or who reject it (Texas Senator Phil Gramm in 1996) lose the nomination. The two most electorally successful Republican presidential candidates of the last 30 years — Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush — took a different path, embracing the movement even though they were outsiders to it. If the next Republican to occupy the White House must follow that same strategy, Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, may be in much better shape than polls suggest.
And, if you ask me, a good and telling strategy:
Romney’s also meeting with evangelical leaders, even sending them wooden chairs mounted with plaques declaring, “You are welcome at our table anytime.”
Thanks to reader Sara for bringing this to our attention.