Perhaps the many conservatives looking for “the next Ronald Reagan” to be the GOP’s 2008 nominee might be interested in asking the question WWRD–What Would Reagan Do?–when confronted with a Mormon candidate like Governor Romney. Reader Steve passed along Reagan’s last radio commentary, which can be found in Reagan: In His Own Hand. Here’s the relevant portion:
For the last time I’m cleaning up my desk with a few items you should hear. Believe me, my friends, I speak to you today with mixed emotions and maybe it’s fitting that I make it the final desk cleaning day. The first item is, in my opinion, very serious for all of us and another indication of how far we are straying from the very basics of our system. The Mountain States Legal Foundation has filed a suit with the Federal Government claiming that constitutional rights of several states are being violated. When Congress voted to extend the time for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment it refused to allow several states to change their position and rescind the approval they had given earlier. A few weeks ago the U.S. Department of Justice, which should be the defender above all of constitutional rights, filed a motion with the Idaho court where the case is being heard. The motion was to disqualify the judge appointed to hear the case. Now hear this! The Justice Department wants him disqualified because of his religion. He is a member of the Mormon church. I leave it to you to imagine what such a precedent could do to our entire system of justice if judges can be either assigned or disqualified on the basis of religion.
It’s not a perfectly analogous situation–but worth a thought. WWRD?