Prominent evangelical conservatives are making Mitt Romney noises.
Mark DeMoss has circulated a letter urging support for Romney. Robert Taylor, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bob Jones, has endorsed Romney. So has Chancellor Bob Jones. Without endorsing Romney, James Dobson has explained that he believes Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee, and Thompson are unacceptable candidates (and Brownback is dropping out this weekend). The upshot is that evangelical conservatives are getting pretty worried about Giuliani and there’s a real chance they’ll settle on Mitt Romney as their alternative.
This weekend every Presidential candidate will be speaking at some kind of big Evangelical conference in D.C., the Family America Values Conference or something like that. The conference holds a straw poll. You can vote in it for a $1.00 donation. The press will be watching the poll closely to see if evangelical conservatives are settling around an alternative to Giuliani. If you’re a Mitthead–or an anti-Mitthead–or if you want pro-lifers to coalesce around an alternative to pro-choice Giuliani, here is your chance to shape events.
P.S. This isn’t about overcoming Mitt Romney’s evangelical problem, which I’m not sure is totally possible. Its about overcoming the winning-the-primaries problem.
P.P.S. I apologize for this post on raw horse race politics. We mostly try to be better than that here. Still, I know that the Romney candidacy is of interest to many of our readers. To others of our readers, like me, the pro-life movement is of interest and a successful Giuliani candidacy threatens it. (Fair and balanced counter-narrative: some stripes of social conservatives support Giuliani because they believe he’s the most electable Republican and will appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade or at least allow citizens to take meaningful action to curtail abortion).