It is starting to appear that, finally, after months of having to listen to how Mitt Romney won’t win the South, about how Evangelicals are bigots, and about how too many people in the Republican Party simply won’t vote for a Mormon, there are some signs that show Evangelical Christians are warming up to, if not openly supporting, Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign. While there is not any specific reason for this to be happening now, I think it is a combination of several factors. These include a relatively unimpressive performance by Fred Thompson and a realization on the part of Social Conservatives that Romney is the candidate who, not only shares their values, but is also an excellent example of said values, and is a very qualified and competent leader.
The Christian Right may have theological differences with Mormons, but I think they are realizing that what a President can do has little or nothing to do with theology, but that he (or she, as the case may be) will have a huge influence on policy. This realization, I believe has convinced Evangelicals to pick fights based on the politics of a person’s positions rather than his religious beliefs. After all, if they were looking for someone who agreed with them on religious faith, they might be better off choosing John Edwards.