Why Mitt can't win

By Paul Moomjean 02/02/2012

With Iowa come and gone, and South Carolina placed within the prism of the rearview mirror, the GOP primaries are moving ahead without Rick Perry or John Huntsman (who?) as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney pull further away from Rick Santorum. Oh, sure, I could mention Ron Paul, but since I only get a fix number of words to write my articles with, I won’t waste any more valuable space on Looney Tunes. Iowa showed that Romney is not loved, as it declared him the winner, only to cruelly pull back the curtain and give the victory to Rick Santorum. As for South Carolina, Santorum found out that the Bible Belt wasn’t really ready for him as much as it is for Newt, and Romney got a punch to the gut in his campaign. At the end of the day, no matter how much the pundits believe Romney to be electable, he can’t win in this country because the Republican base will not vote for a Massachusetts governor attached to the Mormon Church.

In January, a group of about 150 leading evangelical leaders got together to decide who they would support in a national election. Tony Perkins, the unofficial leader of the event, stated that Romney is “kind of taking the (John) McCain path to the nomination, which may be a good path to the nomination, but perhaps not to the presidency.” That’s code for: He doesn’t care about the evangelical base of the party. And to tell you the truth, I don’t think Romney does care. I think he’s convinced he can run a slick campaign and tie up the nomination in hopes that evangelicals and hard-core conservatives will come to the conclusion that he is a better option than President Barack Obama.

What Romney doesn’t realize is that mainstream Christians are a stubborn bunch who will cut off their noses to spite their faces. You see, evangelicals do not consider Mormons to be Christians. Most evangelicals view the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a cult, stealing bits and pieces of Christian dogma and theology, only to contort it to their own liking. Mormons and evangelicals have numerous conflicting theological beliefs concerning the role of Christ in the trinity, the afterlife and the Book of Mormon itself. In fact, evangelicals are so against Mormons that, since they won’t vote for one, they would rather see a president many of them don’t believe was born here, who they are convinced belonged to an anti-American black liberation church, and who many feel might be a closeted Muslim.

In a recent National Review article, conservative Jewish writer and radio talk show host Dennis Prager wrote that calling Mormons a “cult” is just not plausible anymore since “After nearly 200 years, Mormons are an integral part of American society, with impressive reputations for family life, integrity and other values. The ‘cult’ label just doesn’t seem appropriate.” Of course, it took almost 200 years for the country to elect a Catholic into the White House; it might take longer to vote in a Mormon. My guess is that in 30 years we will have progressed as a society into looking at the political agenda and not the religious beliefs. The proof is that currently we have two Catholics and a Mormon left in the race, with no Protestant left.

The real issue is that Romney can’t win a national election. Call it bigotry. Call it ignorance. Call it spite. Call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day, Romney, if nominated, will have to convince red states to vote for him. And that’s a bad sign. He’ll have to spend money in states like South Carolina, which will make winning Florida and swing states much harder.

Please understand: The GOP is not run by Christians. The establishment (Rush Limbaugh, Bob Dole and John McCain) have all come out for Romney. The GOP’s base is evangelical, but the leaders are not. They don’t understand why all the hate for Romney because they aren’t religious men.

Once again, the GOP will shoot itself in the foot. Get ready for another four years of Hope and Change, America.

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