Well if those impressed with The Speech are reduced to predicting the margin of Huckabee’s victory the praise from Chris Matthews won’t mean all that much. The most interesting has been the reporting about ordinary-ish ( real ordinary people don’t hook up with pundits and reporters I suspect) people who seem complimentary but not terribly moved. A nice sampling of varied views is here. Some criticims but for different reasons are here. It will be worth considering whether this week was a good or bad thing for the GOP and the country at large. Having shared one of his religious precepts about Christ there seems no reason why Romney shouldn’t and won’t be asked endless follow up questions. I think a Justice Ginsburg like approach (“no hints, no forecasts, no previews”) on matters of faith was an altogether better course for candidates to follow. I would agree with Seth Leibsohn’s observation that: “Governor Romney today made an issue that was secondary or tertiary into an issue of primary importance: his religion.” That I think –regardless of one’s views of Romney himself — we will come to regret. UPDATE: Maybe the most insightful and helpful in measuring reaction is the Wall Street Journal’s news account of evangelical reaction.
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