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MATTHEWS: On another front in the Republican Party, Mitt Romney is about to announce an exploratory committee tomorrow. And what happens, the New Republic runs a front page story on the cover of their magazine about the dangers of a Mormon president. That is pretty rough stuff. And I read the long piece. I don't think it does the damage they thought it would, but boy, what a long, exhaustive attack on someone's religion.

GERGEN: Can you imagine if someone who had been-when John Kennedy was running, if the National Review opened up the great big package on the cover the dangers of having a Catholic in the White House? Bill Buckley would never have done that. Of course, he is Catholic, but nonetheless, that is just so below the belt and so inappropriate.

MATTHEWS: Is this the season we