Byron York reports that Mitt Romney won't give an aggressively political commencement address at evangelical Liberty University this weekend.
Campaign sources say Romney will likely discuss marriage, but it won't be a major theme of the speech.
And Romney will certainly discuss the economy, knowing it's the top issue for most evangelicals as well as everyone else, and that he'll be talking to newly graduated young people who might well face problems finding a job.
The conservative York notes that Mitt won't put any distance between himself and evangelicals, either, in a Sister Souljah-type moment, as many on the Left have advised.
Speaking of which, I still have no idea why people push Romney to put distance between himself and the base when he's actually leading with independents, and there's no evidence in polling that people think he's too conservative or beholden to social conservatives.
My unsubstantiated theory is that the left continually repeats its unsolicited advice to try to prop up the notion that Romney is actually having problems with indies.
But according to TPM's poll tracker, Mitt is currently averaging an 8% lead over Obama in indie polling. In other words, this isn't a freak phenomenon we're seeing. It's fast turning into a conventional one, so why does the conventional wisdom remain that Romney needs to dump on his base?
(I wrote about this on Tuesday, as well. You can read it here).