08 February 2008
The Inherent Contradiction of Mitt Romney's Campaign
The pundits are speculating about why Romney's bid for the presidency failed.
Romney's natural base would have been business conservatives, given his background. But he lost the support of business conservatives because of his emphasis on religion and then lost the support of religious conservatives because of his religion. Personally, I don't think that Romney being Morman would have mattered except that he ran a campaign emphasizing religion.
You can't tell voters that religion matters and then tell them that your religion doesn't matter. His failed bid might have been just that simple.