Monday, May 28, 2007

BOOK REPORT: “A Mormon in the White House?: 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney” by Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt’s “A Mormon in the White House?” is an interesting and valuable read as we go into the 2008 presidential contests. Many pundits have written Mitt Romney off because of his religion. It would be a shame if that turns out to be true. I wonder if so much of the criticism for Romney’s real (abortion) and imagined (immigration) flip-flops are not convenient stalking horses for people’s prejudice against Mormons.

Keeping with the religious theme, many critics have labeled the book a hagiography. There is little doubt of where Hewitt stands on Mitt Romney and less doubt which candidate he supports for the 2008 GOP nomination regardless of his protestations of not knowing on his radio show.

If Romney’s candidacy takes off -- and there are many indications that it might be doing just that -- Hewitt’s book will become a must-read. Look for the paperback version with a new chapter/forward closer to when primary/caucus voters actually vote.

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