ROMNEY AND THE EVANGELICALS….I don’t know for sure how important this is in the great scheme of things, but Mitt Romney got an interesting endorsement on Monday:
A top official at Bob Jones University, the Evangelical Christian school with a history of anti-Mormon rhetoric, plans to throw his weight behind Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Robert R. Taylor, dean of the university’s college of arts and sciences, said he believes the former Massachusetts governor is the only Republican candidate who both stands a chance of winning the White House and will reliably implement the anti-abortion, antigay marriage, pro-gun agenda of Christian conservatives.
….Taylor’s endorsement, which he said he plans to announce in the near future, marks a stunning move for such a high-placed academic at Bob Jones University. In 2000, Bob Jones III, then president of the university, wrote a public letter that referred to Mormonism and Catholicism as “cults which call themselves Christian.”
Problems with the evangelical community, much of which does indeed think of Mormonism as a “cult,” have been one of the big reasons why Romney seems like such a longshot to win the GOP nomination. Taylor’s endorsement, however, is just the latest sign that some evangelical leaders are starting to see him as their best bet, theological differences or not. If more of them follow Taylor’s lead, it could improve Romney’s fortunes considerably.