What’s striking about this new round of attacks on Romney’s faith is how similar they sound to the attacks on Obama’s Christianity you heard at conservative forums of the past. Some on the evangelical side have doubted Obama’s commitment to his faith at best, and accused him of being a secret Muslim masquerading as a Christian at worst.
An essential part of those attacks was the idea that America is a Christian nation and needs to be led by a Christian that understands that. And that’s exactly the kind of criticisms Romney is facing. It’s not that he’s a bad guy, the detractors on stage here at VVS have said (which is more credit than Obama often got), it’s that Christians really need a Christian to lead them. And - despite its allegiance to Jesus Christ - Mormonism just doesn’t fit the bill, some here say.
“I think Mitt Romney’s a good, moral man, but I think those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a competent - to a competent non-Christian like Mitt Romney,” Dr. Robert Jeffress, the man who caused a stir Friday when he introduced and publicly endorsed Rick Perry here, told CNN.
He also called Mormonism a cult.
If the man weren't so busy lying about both himself and President Obama, I might be almost inclined to feel a bit sorry for him. And I might also be able to envision Obama giving him a call and saying..."I hear ya, bro!"
But the truth is, these voters are simply the ones the Republican Party - including Romney - have decided to kowtow to. And this is what they get in return.