Hugh Hewitt can whine about it all he wants, but voters (at least the evangelical voters) prefer Jesus Classic ™ over new improved Latter Day Jesus:
Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — The early Republican presidential
race is a tale of voters’ divisions over religion, with former
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee riding support from evangelical
Christians to a dominant Iowa lead, and former Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney well ahead in more secular New Hampshire.
The poll shows stark differences among Iowa caucus-goers and
New Hampshire primary voters on religion. In Iowa, Republicans by
almost 3 to 1 say Huckabee’s religious beliefs are a positive
factor. Almost half of these Iowa voters say Romney’s Mormon faith is a negative.
So, it would seem, Mitt Romney’s speech failed to impress the good Christian people of Iowa who, although appreciative of his deep and abiding faith, still like to think of the Church of Latter Day Saints as Scientology without the celebrities. It is a sign of how far we still have to go when the snake-handlers, the magic underwear people, and the Clears can’t sit down and break bread with each other before the Christians try to order in tongues, the Mormons start calculating a 3% tip, and the Scientologists refuse to pay because there was a Thetan in their soup.
Can’t we all just get along?