They seem to be lining up in opposition to Romney running again.
Check out this MSM story or Allahpundit’s round-up of negative comments from Wednesday night for a taste. Peggy Noonan, who was not exactly supportive of Romney in 2012, at least has a couple of reasonably novel arguments.
And then there are those arguments based on faith. Some of them are indirect. It is hardly coincidence that this story on John Dehlin makes the NYTimes right now. Our Mormon readers will know Dehlin. For the benefit of our non-Mormon readers he is a very liberal individual that has been working very hard for many years to change the Mormon view on a variety of subjects. He has come close to ex-communication several times in the past, the fact that he is there again is hardly newsy. It has never made as prodigious an outlet as the NYTimes before. One has to ask, “Why now?” The story, of course, tries to paint the CJCLDS as “intolerant,” yada, yada, yada. Smart people know what is up with this one.
But a successful challenge to Mr. Bush from the right would have to involve winning a lot of these voters, even though they have been Mr. Romney’s biggest weakness. There is no viable anti-establishment coalition that does not include large percentages of evangelical Christians. Mr. Romney — a Northern Mormon with a history of moderate politics — has not been very effective at winning them over.
We are not going to spend any time this morning analyzing this stuff. Our rumor mill is percolating with babble of bigger Mormon arguments brewing on the very immediate horizon, but it certainly seems like “game on.”