A quick example from the same column: Dowd refers to Under the Banner of Heaven as “a best seller about the Mormon faith.” The horrifying stories in there were about fundamentalist schismatic murderers and polygamists.
I’m no Mormon apologist here and it’s not exactly the same, but I read that and pictured someone referring to The DaVinci Code as “a book about the Catholic faith” and knew I’d be floored.
Not to mention that Romney didn’t say, “I’m a religious fanatic just like you.” to evangelical Christians. He said, I’m free to believe as you are free to believe, and I’ll fight to defend that right to worship as we choose to. And he could have added, “as I have.”