Mark Silk blogged yesterday on Mitt Romney’s latest strategy for dealing with the evangelical vote in the GOP primaries. Silk, whose new blog at Beliefnet and his long-time blog, Spiritual Politics, are both must-reads, is one of those rare breeds, an academic who writes in lucid and lively prose. He also is one of the nation’s leading analysts of the relationship of religion and politics in American life.
Recently, one of Romney’s strategists stated that this time, the campaign is not going to tailor its message to secure the evangelical vote. Silk correctly notes that this approach is preferable to Romney’s unsuccessful effort to try and obscure the differences between his Mormon faith and mainstream evangelical religion in 2008. But, he wonders why Romney does not merely be straight-forward about his religious faith and seek to generate a common moral consensus as the basis of an effort to generate support from the evangelical community.