Foreboding

Fallows: Mitt’s Mormon Problem Returns

As commentators debate why Mitt Romney can’t get traction in the GOP base, The Atlantic’s James Fallows declares the return of the Mormon question. Critical looks at the candidate’s faith have gone in and out of vogue within the punditocracy, and now we’re entering the stage of high-brow prejudice, he writes. “Recently, we’ve seen anti-Mormonism from impeccably lofty sources, e.g. Harold Bloom in the NYT and Christopher Hitchens in Slate.” Of course, Fallows is no fan of Romney’s—but it has nothing to do with his religion. He’s bothered by the “irresponsible warmongering of his talk about Iran, and his shameless bloody-shirtism about the immigrant menace.”