In fairness, it found the Cod in a fairly grumpy state, but Moskin's piece on the New Mormon Cuisine bothered me a little bit. You may know that one of the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, a relatively recent Christian sect with some unusual features and a rather colorful history. Some of the more unusual aspects of this church, or perhaps of its history, make some folks uneasy about the idea of a Mormon president. Recently, the Mormons have ramped up an aggressive advertising campaign around the theme of "I'm a Mormon," which seems to be aiming to make Mormonism seem more familiar and less threatening as one of their own is running for President. The timing, indeed, reopens some of the questions about the LDS church's status as a religious, rather than political entity that came up in the wake of Prop 8 in California.
There needs to be a food section every Wednesday, I guess, but it's hard not to see Moskin's article as participating in the same kind of effort as the "I'm a Mormon" campaign, in that the aim of the article seems to be to make Times readers more comfortable and familiar w/ Mormon culture. In other words, the article will help Romney, to some degree. Some say Bruni had a hand in W's rise to the presidency -- perhaps Moskin can do the same.