Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Time To Talk Mormon: MittRomney needs to get past the faith issue, fast.

" MittRomney needs to get past the faith issue, fast." This article restates some good points about the idea that brush-off jokes are only going to carry Mitt so far in addressing "the religious right's" concerns about Mitt's faith. It seems a matter of timing as to when he'll more seriously addresses it. I am curious to see how he does.

On the other hand, this Salt Lake Tribune report quotes a pollster of Romney's who said, "We're already down to underwear . . ." "The question [of Mitt's religion] will wear itself out."

4 Comments:

Blogger David Kennedy said...

I don't know when the right time to address the issue is, but if I were Romney I wouldn't be taking advice from people who get all their information on the internet. There's a big world outside of the blogosphere and most of it doesn't even know who he is yet. It would be a mistake if his first introduction to 99% of the country were some big speech about his religion. So, basically I disagree with Slate.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Allan M. Bailey said...

I don't know when the bet time to address the issue is either. It may be true that most people are not reading blogs and don't know anything about Romney, but the blogosphere could be very influential in shaping what those people who know nothing about Romney think. As you alluded to, I believe that it is important for Governor Romney to define himself so that when others try to do it for him, he has something to fall back on. I think it is not unreasonable to say that he has already fallen behind in this regard to no real fault of his own.

5:06 PM  
Blogger provoce said...

I tend to agree with you, Allan.

I also think that he needs to get out in front on this. By making some sort of statement, his staff can simply point reporters to the earlier statement and it becomes less of an issue.

An important question for me, however, is whether he is too visible, too early on. Obviously, being ahead of the game is never bad, but I found this quote from the Tribune interesting:

"Being front-runner is like being the lead mole in Whack-a-Mole," [McKinnon] said.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

My name is Lauren and I'm a graduate student at Columbia Journalism
School. I'm working on a story about the candidate draft movements
and I was wondering if you would be able to speak with me about
this. I was hoping we could talk sometime this week. I can be reached at lbw2121@columbia.edu

12:59 AM  

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