The trap has been sprung. I don’t know if there was a way to avoid this one, but Mitt Romney is in it, at least today. Oddly, nobody seems to care if Jon Huntsman is in a cult.

Here’s how you set the trap, in case you’re interested. Say you’re Rick Perry. Hypothetically. Someone with some association with you suggests that Mitt Romney belongs to a cult. Then you, being a good guy, says, “No, I don’t think Mormonism is a cult.”

Once someone is denying that a religion is a cult the message to the voters is loud and clear: the religion is probably a cult.

I have no idea how to avoid this trap. It seems to be something of a tar baby. The more you talk about it the worse it gets. But if you don’t address it then what?

By the way, Rick Perry belongs to a cult.