David Axelrod is playing the Mormon card. That is what Edward Klein is claiming in an opinion piece published by Fox News.
Klein writes the following:
According to my sources inside the campaign, Axelrod & Co. discussed what might be called the nuclear option: unleashing an attack on Romney’s Mormon faith via the mainstream media. . .
. . . According to my sources, Axelrod at first hesitated to green light an attack on Romney’s Mormonism for fear it might boomerang and expose the campaign as clumsy and further tarnish Obama as a blundering amateur. However, a new set of polls convinced Axelrod that he had no choice but to go for the nuclear option and raise the issue of Romney’s Mormonism.
Klein mentions certain media stories about the Mormon faith, and then he says, “Is this sudden, strange and unaccountable focus on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism by the mainstream media just an odd coincidence? Or is the “fine Italian hand” of David Axelrod behind the media onslaught?”
Again, Klein is stating what he believes to be true. Yet, I have never heard of the Obama campaign saying anything in public about Governor Romney’s religious beliefs.
If what Klein believes to be true were true, then it would appear that the Obama campaign was running on empty.
Then again, it already appears as if the Obama campaign is running on empty.
I’ll let someone else blog about that issue.
Anyway, I want to know what others think about Klein’s claim. Is he reporting something that is truly newsworthy, or is he just drawing attention to himself so that he can promote his latest book?
As for those media stories about the Mormon faith that Klein mentions, what ABC, NBC and the New York Times have said pale in comparison to what was said in an article published by Ogden, Utah’s Standard-Examiner newspaper. That newspaper article (in my opinion) is much more theologically significant.
Still, I seriously doubt that Governor Romney’s faith will have any affect on voters who are currently undecided. When it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Romney’s faith is nothing but trivia.