Monday, August 20, 2012

Mormon will deliver invocation on Romney night

The New York Times reports that Mitt Romney's campaign will finally "embrace" his Mormonism at the GOP convention.

And rather than shy away from Mr. Romney’s faith, as some campaign aides have argued he should, they have decided to embrace it. On the night Mr. Romney will address the convention, a member of the Mormon Church will deliver the invocation.

.... In addition to the invocation, Mr. Romney’s work as a bishop in the Mormon Church will be on display.

Despite concerns that his religion might alienate evangelicals and other conservatives, Mr. Romney and his advisers hope that his faith ultimately will be seen as a sign of strength of character, and his time as bishop as an example of his willingness to serve when called.

That latter point is important.

In May, I wrote that Romney could reduce the empathy gap with Obama by highlighting some of his work on behalf of the poor as a Mormon bishop.

But that, of course, carries the risk of further identifying him with Mormonism -- something he's tried to avoid.