Bad news for Republicans

According to a Los Angeles Times poll, 37 percent of Americans would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidates. That’s bad news for Gov. Mitt Romney and, because Romney is arguably the most attractive and able conservative Republican prospect for 2008, it’s bad news for Republicans too.

Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics goes in depth on this story. Tom presents, and then critques, the Romney camp’s spin on the poll. He argues that, because Romney will be appealing to conservatives to vote for him in part because he has religious faith, it will be difficult for him to argue that the nature of his religious faith should not be an issue.

Tom concludes by noting that Rommey is “very impressive in person and can be very persuasive. If anyone has a chance of clearing the Mormon hurdle, Romney is as good a bet as you’re likely to find.” I second that.