Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith
has hovered over his 20-year political career like a thick layer of
incense at Easter Mass. Negative perceptions of the religion so worried
his 2008 presidential team that the dilemma had its own acronym in
campaign power point presentations: TMT (That Mormon Thing).
persisted this year as skeptical evangelical Christians flocked to
other candidates—any other candidate it seemed — causing Romney to avoid all things Mormon in public.
But now that the former Massachusetts governor is the
likely GOP nominee, many Republicans think that the standoffish
candidate actually needs to embrace his Mormonism publicly to open a
window into his life.