by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
While TIME‘s latest cover story examines Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, a more interesting Romney reference in the same magazine is buried near the end of Joe Klein‘s latest column:
I thought Romney announced a very promising idea on the morning of Obama’s U.N. speech. He proposed “prosperity pacts” that would reach past local governments to assist small-business people and nonprofits working to improve schools and justice systems in these fragile states. For once, Romney’s remarks were untainted by the anger and ignorance demanded by his party’s base. He spoke knowledgeably about the world while adhering to his conservative principles. He seemed, for a moment, a plausible candidate for President.