Thursday, June 16, 2005

Can a Mormon Be Elected President?

That's the question Robert Novak has, as he pens a mostly positive portrait of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Romney is definitely in the 2008 race, says Novak, and furthermore, he seems to be laying the groundwork ahead of his potential rivals. Interestingly, in the midst of discussing a Romney visit to Michigan, Novak mentions a move by Republican party leaders to bar non-Republicans from voting in the primary, a move that would be sure to harm John McCain, with his crossover appeal that may exceed his party appeal.

To answer Novak's question: yes, I think. But could an atheist (at least an admitted one)? I doubt long as Romney doesn't make an issue of the LDS, I suspect his opponents will shy away from attacking on this angle for fear of offending one of the more rapidly growing congregations. This campaign is getting more interesting by the day...

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