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Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

Jews

posted by swaldman

California provided the first real case in which we have real data on how Jews voted in the Democratic primaries. The verdict? A tie. Among the 5% of the Democratic electorate in California, 48% went to Clinton, 44% to Obama.

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Why Didn’t Conservatives Back Huck Instead of Mitt?

posted by swaldman

Given how well Huckabee has done tonight, I cant help but wonder: all the conservatives who hate John McCain, why did they rally around Romney, who’s not conservative, instead of Huckabee, who is? Part of the answer is that the […]

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Is Huck Losing Evangelicals?

posted by swaldman

The conventional wisdom is that Huckabee is slipping because he has not expanded beyond his evangelical base. That’s wrong. He’s losing because he’s not even winning his evangelical base. In Michigan, Huckabee won only 29% of evangelicals, less even than […]

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The Mysterious Evangelical Vote

posted by swaldman

Though it wasn’t the main story line Tuesday, we did learn a few interesting things about the evangelical vote: Huckabee doesn’t have it locked up. Amazingly, he got only 28% of the evangelical vote in New Hampshire. Are there regional […]

Huckabee’s Weakness Among Evangelicals

posted by swaldman

Get this: Huckabee won only 28% of the evangelicals who voted in the Republican primary. He, Romney and McCain basically tied.

Hillary’s Voice

posted by swaldman

When Hillary said during her New Hampshire victory speech, “Over the last week, I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice,” I snorted. It seemed odd that after campaigning for a year, she would only […]

Barack O’Tsongas

posted by swaldman

Obama won among people who feel like the economy is doing well and Hillary won among those who disagreed. Obama won among college graduates, Hillary won among those who didnt graduate college. If this pattern persist, Obama will lose. Mondale/Hart. […]

McCain Ties Huckabee Among Evangelicals!

posted by swaldman

Holy Moly. Evangelicals made up 21% of the New Hampshire Republican voters — and went 32% for Huckabee and 31% for McCain, who was supposedly loathed by religious Christians. Exhibit #838 that we need to recalibrate our understanding of evangelical […]

Michiganders for Huckabee?

posted by swaldman

Everyone is assuming that Huckabee’s only chance is down south in the Bible belt. But before they get to South Carolina, where he should do well, they hit Michigan. We don’t tend to think of Michigan as an evangelical state […]

Is the Iowa Caucus the Most Christian Place in America?

posted by swaldman

I basically agree with David Kuo and Rod Dreher that Huckabee’s victory cannot be dismissed as an evangelical fluke – a la Pat Robertson in 1988. Huckabee’s message and style are just too appealing to evaporate over night. BUT before […]

Romney’s Attack on Non-Believers

posted by swaldman

I was struck by the bald attack on non-believers: “Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me.” He went beyond assailing “secularism” (though he did that […]

R + F > G ?

posted by swaldman

The most important political question in the Democratic race is whether Barack Obama will win the black vote. We forget that in 1988 Jesse Jackson won 13 primaries and caucuses while appealing to a smaller sector of the white vote […]

The Case for Public Torture (Sort of)

posted by swaldman

David (and Jim), it doesn’t follow that if we allow torture against terrorists we should also allow it against all manner of domestic criminals. The premise of the best pro-torture argument is: while torture is normally reprehensible, there is one […]

Is Islamofascism the New Abortion?

posted by swaldman

Why is Giuliani still popular with rank and file evangelicals? Whether by design or a happy byproduct, part of the reason is that Giuliani has compensated for his liberalism on abortion and gay rights through attacks on Islamofascism. They may […]

End of a Cat Fight (Drat)

posted by swaldman

David, why’d you apologize so quickly???? I was hoping you and Richard would tear each other’s eyes out for a few days before you made up. Ok, I admit that would have given me mixed emotions. Since Richard has been […]

The Pro-Life Crisis, cont’d

posted by swaldman

The other thing that struck me about the WSJ piece David referenced was how Huckabee’s solid pro-life record really didn’t count for much. The Huckabee flaws, according to the piece, included: “He’s hostile to free trade, hiked sales and grocery […]

Giuliani & the Pro-Life Crisis

posted by swaldman

This morning we have the stunning news that Sam Brownback, the leading pro-life advocate in the Senate, has nuzzled up to the most pro-choice candidate in the Republican race, Rudy Giuliani. After meeting with the New York City mayor, who […]

WWJD About Campaign Fundraising

posted by swaldman

Seems like Dan’s Demoss interview confirms Michelle’s theory that religious conservative leaders are placing a huge emphasis on pragmatism. Though he backs off that at the end, Demoss first says he’s not supporting Huckabee because he hasn’t raised enough money […]

Inept Pragmatism?

posted by swaldman

Michele, welcome to Beliefnet! It’s great having you as part of Casting Stones; we’re big fan of your Reformed Chicks blog. As for the notion that religious leaders won’t rally around Huckabee because he doesn’t have a chance, Huckabee had […]

You Are My Traction

posted by swaldman

One of the biggest faith-and-politics mysteries has been why religious conservatives haven’t rallied around Huckabee. He was told they were waiting for him to get “traction” and he said, hey you guys ARE my traction. And it’s true: if they […]

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