Mainstream media hacks — like Chris Matthews, for example — have been beating that dead horse about religious bigotry below The Mason-Dixon Line. The old narrative used to be that Southerners would never vote for a Catholic like JFK. Now, we’re allegedly bigoted against Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith.
Let’s check the record. Newt Gingrich — a practicing Catholic — won South Carolina and Georgia. Rick Santorum — also a practicing Catholic (and a – *GASP* – Yankee) — won Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. Wait. Aren’t we crackers supposed to be prejudiced against Catholics, the pope, and all that? That’s what MSNBC said. (And if MSNBC said it … )
Let me clue you in on a secret: It has little to nothing to do with a candidate’s faith. Southerners are hungry for passionate, principled conservative leadership. (And ol’ Mitt isn’t cutting it.)