Politico uses the National Association of Evangelicals decision to meet in Salt Lake City as inspiration for a brief column on Mitt’s chances with evangelicals in 2012. I agree with our friend Mark DeMoss:
“Time has enlightened a lot of evangelicals,” DeMoss said. “Nationally, Mitt Romney was virtually unknown in 2008, and now he’s better known. The question I often pose to evangelicals is not ‘Could you vote for a Mormon?’ but ‘could you vote for this Mormon?’”
There’s another thing that’s enlightened a lot of evangelicals: Barack Obama’s presidency. In all my travels, I haven’t met a single evangelical conservative who’d prefer Obama to Mitt, but I’ve met a lot who are in near-panic over the size of our deficit, appalled by the Obama administration’s pro-abortion policies, and disgusted that he won’t defend DOMA.
In 2008, there was a strange and unjustified cockiness in conservative circles. We assumed that Hillary was unelectable and Barack Obama’s radical past would catch up with him. But then the bottom dropped out of the stock market in the middle of the campaign, and not even Ronald Reagan himself could have overcome that disaster (much less John McCain).
Hopefully, we’re not cocky anymore. Hopefully, we’ll take a deep breath and realize that we need a president who specializes in turning around failing companies, projects, and governments. And when we take that deep breath, we’ll see that his LDS faith isn’t a liability; it’s an asset.