For all those political pundits out there all amazed at a Gingrich thumping of Romney, all I can say is you don't know Christian fundamentalists very well, if at all. A Mormon can no more win the GOP nomination than a gay person because fundamentalists simply loathe them, judging them both as abominations before their god. From back when I was a boy unto this day, it is taught in every Church of God, Assembly of God, Baptist church or any other fundamentalist house worth it's weight in body-of-Christ crackers that Mormonism is a cult and that it's adherents aren't legitimate Christians but people deceived by Satan to follow a wrong path that leads straight to hell. Seriously. That is the basis of their decision making. They would rather see a womanizer who professes the right brand of religion as president then some devil worshiping cultist.
That said, it is important to point out that
while most conservatives don't like womanizing sex addicts like Newt,
they are willing to overlook these faults because 1) he says he asked
their god for forgiveness and god, like an obedient toady, must comply
as per the scripture, ergo Newt is forgiven. 2) he is perceived as the
only one who can out-debate Obama or beat him, which is why Santorum
isn't gaining any traction with his frothy, lubed Christian self. 3)
fundamentalist Christians aren't as upset about cheating on women
because a) most of them do it themselves and b) they're just women so
What all of this means is that because the GOP has gone too far right
and to Christianized, they are handing the presidency back to Obama
because the independents and moderates out there aren't going to vote
for the candidates that are being supported by the religious zealots for
all the wrong reasons. Without a viable, mainstream moderate the GOP
may not win the presidency for awhile.
And I'm quite alright with that.