MITT AND THE MORMONS….Over at Crooked Timber, guest poster Matt Bishop reports that he had lunch today with a “Wall Street tycoon” who was unimpressed with the Republican presidential field. In fact, aside from John McCain, the only candidate he thought had a chance was Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. But there was one problem:

The question that neither of us could answer ? and nor apparently could Romney ? is how Romney?s mormon faith will play in the primaries, where the hardcore christian right holds sway. My guess, based entirely on time spent with evangelical christians in Britain, is that it will not play well at all.

Ask and ye shall receive! For the definitive take on this, check out “Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem” from our September 2005 issue. Bottom line: it may not kill his candidacy, but it’s definitely a prickly issue.