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A Defense of Romney

Charles Mitchell offers another one in response to my post about Romney answering a question about his Mormonism before a Jewish audience. Mitchell argues that Romney wouldn’t want to be seen as a victim or compare the plight of Mormons to the plight of Jews.

He writes:

Governor Romney is not going to convince wary evangelicals to vote for him by telling them they are “intolerant” if they don’t. And I think that would be the connotation of the kind of appeal to the RJC that Klein suggests.

Mitchell seems to be making the same mistake as Romney by viewing everything through the lens of how it would be perceived by evangelicals, even though, at the time, Romney was speaking before a Jewish audience. I’m under no illusion regarding the fact that there are fewer of my co-religionists in the conservative movement than there are evangelicals, but if Romney is going to take the time to go before a Jewish audience to ask for their support, he should be focusing on them.

And I don’t think Romney needed to give a response that likened the Holocaust to attacks on Mormons in the 19th Century to celebrate the ideals of religious tolerance in America, or to point out that just as a Jewish candidate should be judged independently of his religion, so should a Mormon candidate. Really, it’s hard to think of many audiences in America that would be more receptive to such a message than a group of Jewish Republicans.

We know Romney has a high IQ, I’m just saying that his EQ seems to be lagging.

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