Romney has gotten a lot of grief over the campaign season because he is a rich politician. Although he comes from a minority religion, Mormonism is the wrong one to be born into. He should have been Jewish.
If Romney was Jewish many of the attack lines would not be aired in public because of the anti-semitic backlash it would engender. Making rich guy jokes would be verboten as it would harken back to old Jewish stereotypes. Romney's hawkish stance on the Middle East would be understandable. His deep religious roots would be accepted. Comedians would have a heart attack as they would be unable to mock a black guy or a Jew.
I predict that Romney would be leading in the polls by a decent amount--4-5 points--if he were only a Jew.
What about foreign policy? The current state of the art dog-whistling from Maureen Dowd is that Romney and Ryan are goyishe kops being led around on foreign policy by neocons. Modo's larger subliminal message to her fellow Democrats and to Republicans is something like, "Our Jews are less crazy than your Jews." She may have a point ...
How would all that work if Eric Cantor were the Republican nominee in 2016? Would the Democrats say, "Oh, you're just biased on Israel because you're Jewish." I mean, I'd like to imagine Hillary saying that to Cantor in a 2016 Presidential debate in that super-patronizing tone of voice she can pull up, but, no, I don't see it happening. Hillary saying that would seem like a positive development in our political culture -- being able to point out the bleeding obvious -- but, because it would be a good thing, I have a hard time imagining it happening here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Here's a prediction, if Romney loses, you'll start reading columns about how what the GOP must do is beg NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to switch back to Republican and graciously accept the 2016 nomination. Tom Friedman probably already has this column penciled in for November 10, 2012.