On Mitt's speechDecember 10, 2007
Maureen Dowd on Mitt Romney's recent speech on religion in America, which includes many terrific lines, but I have to single out these two:
“J.F.K.’s speech was to reassure Americans that he wasn’t a religious fanatic,” Mr. Krakauer agreed. “Mitt’s was to tell evangelical Christians, ‘I’m a religious fanatic just like you.’”
Mitt was right when he said that “Americans do not respect believers of convenience.” Now if he would only admit he’s describing himself.
I thought the speech was definitely Romney's best moment of the campaign, but his failure to mention the roll of people who do not believe was disappointing. Overall, I appreciated his thoughtfulness and his approach, but he did not have my support before the speech, and the speech didn't change that.
Here's Peggy Noonan's take: Mormon in America.