A choice excerpt from Barnett's analysis:
Sunday's story also concluded with a strange coda, referring to Romney as a "Mormon stalwart." For what it's worth, according to a search of the Globe's online archives, none of the following phrases have appeared in the Globe since its archives begin in 1979: "Jewish stalwart;" "Catholic stalwart;" "Christian stalwart;" "Muslim stalwart;" "Hindu stalwart;" or "Buddhist stalwart."Indeed. I am confident that as far as Romney is concerned, this is not the last of the religion-bashing we will see, whether it is overt or by innuendo. How the public reacts to all this will be very interesting to watch. Among other things, it will tell us a lot about religious tolerance (or intolerance) in this country.
Mitt Romney has never discussed his religion in a political context, certainly not willingly. He has never made an issue of his faith as President Bush has or as Senator Kerry did when he recited his history as an altar boy.
All of which makes the Globe's rediscovery of the governor's religious affiliation after a blissful ten year absence of such conversations especially noxious.
Here is Dean Barnett's blog, soxblog. He is a Red Sox fan and so I already like the guy.