I’m watching Mitt Romney’s heralded “Faith in America” speech on CNN right now and have some comments. I’ve been watching Romney since 2002, and I’ve never seen him as keyed up as this. He seems nervous, breathing heavily at the start, and too hot for t.v., which for Romney, whose usual persona is that of a slick anchorman, is a big deal. That suggests he’s doing something against his own instincts. So from his advisers’ standpoint, it better work.
For me, the key passage is this: “Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin.”It goes far enough for me, although I’m not convinced it will be enough for him to win over Evangelicals already hesitant about backing a Mormon.