The essence of the Romney campaign:
From the Los Angeles Times:
Romney plays on 'God gap' between the parties
Mitt Romney, in attacking President Obama, recites the Pledge of Allegiance and says he would fight any effort to remove 'In God we trust' from U.S. coins, though no one is proposing that.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Making a play for veterans and evangelical voters in this conservative military community, Mitt Romney on Saturday accused President Obama of straying from the nation's guiding principles.
After spontaneously reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in his speech, Romney referred to the fact that U.S. coins bear the motto "In God we trust" and said he would resist any move to change that.
"For me, the Pledge of Allegiance and placing our hand over our heart reminds us of the blood that was shed by our sons and daughters fighting for our liberty and sharing liberty with people around the world," Romney said. "The pledge says 'under God.' I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart. We're a nation that's bestowed by God."
Romney's embrace of faith and patriotism come off as thin, phony, and unconvincing. Yet he will
convince some people, such is the nature of mankind. Which explains how mountebanks have succeeded throughout history.
He won't change very many minds. This stuff only works on the people who were already going to vote for him anyway, e.g. right-wing Republicans.