Shawn I find your post entirely compelling (and of course my query about Lieberman was rhetorical and sarcastic). The mystery remains why such a fact driven, logical business type like Romney would do this. Was this a rare emotional outburst from a candidate who wanted to quiet the “give them The Speech” crowd? Did some polling convince him that if he talked in bland terms about faith, gave a long build up to The Speech and unleashed a torrent of press like we have been discussing that things would improve? If so, I’d love to see that polling. It may be naive to say he should be methodically pounding on issues like fiscal discipline, terrorism (I think Romney knew about the NIE) and immigration (ok maybe the last is a little dicier after last night) and touting his business background rather than going down this road, but that’d be my free advice.