Monday's event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center was styled more like an electronics expo than a political fund raiser. It featured a four-screen projection TV system suspended from the ceiling, displaying pictures that included Romney in the Oval Office and at the presidential lectern. (We'll see about that, Mitt.) The newly anti-gay, former governor of Massachusetts used the event to shore up support among evangelicals who have not been too pleased to learn that he ran as a moderate for the U.S. Senate in 1994, as well as for Massachusetts governor in 2002.
"Now, I wasn't always a Ronald Reagan conservative. Neither was Ronald Reagan, by the way. And perhaps some in this room have had the opportunity to listen, learn, and benefit from life's experience and to grow in wisdom, as I have. My life experience convinced me that Ronald Reagan was right. I'm a conservative that gets the job done. And you don't just have to take my word for it, you can just look at my record."
Actually, much more interesting than Romeny's overnight conservative credentials is the pact that he's attempting to make with evangelicals. To say the least, it's odd. Romney is a Mormon and most far-right Christians and evangelicals have regarded that religion as heretical and/or a cult.
The only thing that we find troubling about Mormons—and we bring this up only because Mitt Romney is marketing his faith and values toward far-right Christians—is the fact that the Church banned blacks from the priesthood until 1978 and considered their/our dark skin as a "curse." Mitt Romney was 31 years old in 1978, so, for the first 31 years of his life, he was actively involved in and became an elder of a church with a racist history.
Haven't heard him explain that one—yet—but we're going to keep asking.
Romney Kicks Off Presidential Campaign (USA Today)