Updated November 5, 2012

Hard to believe, but this blog started over six years ago.  we were interested in the effect Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith would have on his presidential aspirations.   We wrote of our beginning this way:

It started innocently enough. A fellow Southern California blogger and I decided to attend a lecture by Hugh Hewitt and a live remote of his radio show. We have both been blogging for a while – me here and my new partner here. Hugh was familiar with our blogs and the next thing we knew he was waving us up to go on the air with him. (You can listen to the interview this article by Robert Novak, originally published that day, April 27, 2006. In this piece Novak contends:

Mitt Romney, in his last nine months as governor of Massachusetts, was in Washington Tuesday to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an early stage of his 2008 presidential campaign. To a growing number of Republican activists, he looks like the party’s best bet. But any conversation among Republicans about Romney invariably touches on concerns of whether his Mormon faith disqualifies him for the presidency. The U.S. Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office, but that is precisely what is being posed now. Prominent, respectable Evangelical Christians have told me, not for quotation, that millions of their co-religionists cannot and will not vote for Romney for president solely because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

You can imagine how my blogging partner here, Lowell, himself a member of that church, would react to such a report. As a mainstream evangelical Christian, I have heard some of the same rumblings Novak has, and I find them problematic. Amy Sullivan started writing about this in the September ’05 issue of Washington Monthly. Interestingly, the day after Lowell and I’s appearance on Hugh, Andrew Sullivan started wondering about the ‘legitimacy’ of religious affiliation debate for candidates. This blog is dedicated to the issue of religious “qualification” for elected office in this country – something pretty well prohibited in Article 6 of the constitution.

And so began a journey that to both our our amazement, we are still on.  We are/have (depending on when you read this page) summarizing camapign ’08 in a series of posts.  Based on the events of that campaign, the answer to what we have come to call The Question, is “no.”  Mitt Romney’s faith definitely had an affect on Campaign ’08 and largely to the negative, at least in terms of final result.

Romney did indeed try again in ’12, and has become the Republican nominee.  Tomorrow he may be elected President of the United States.  We intended to be part of the process, and we have been .  The political and religious climate of the nation have changed drastically since campaign ’08 and will undoubtedly change more by the time it is all over tomorrow. But many of the issues and people we covered in ’08 have remained in in play until now, though the state of that play has been different.

Our journey to date has taken us a bit farther afield than we imagined when we began.  We do not intend to limit our horizons here, we will follow the issue where ever we can.  We are amateurs.   Read our profiles in other pages – we are both very busy professionals with families to provide for and careers to maintain – this blog is our extensive, sometimes overwhelming hobby – but we try to be good at it nonetheless.

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