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Following Obama, Clinton Stages “Faith Tour”

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter joked earlier about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton trying to out-church one another, but now that actually appears to be happening. Just as Obama is winding down his “40 days of Faith and Family” tour of South Carolina, the […]

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Gary Bauer Offers Giuliani Carrots and Sticks

posted by dgilgoff

Culture warrior Gary Bauer seems to throw down the gauntlet on Rudy Giuliani in this morning’s Politico, claiming that A) Giuliani’s rightward shift on abortion is a flip-flop and B) he needs to do a lot more to improve his […]

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Rudy Cuddles Up To Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

Rudy Giuliani may not be courting conservative evangelical activists like James Dobson or Tony Perkins, but he is reaching out to the religious conservatives in the GOP presidential pack. Days after sitting down for a long talk with ex-candidate Sam […]

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More Mormon Advice for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Bloomberg today does Mitt Romney the service of inventorying the various and sundry advice he’s being offered how to handle his Mormonism so as to maximize support from wary evangelical voters. The weightiest quote–and the reason his God-o-Meter rating is […]

Edwards Decries Soul-Selling

posted by dgilgoff

In a speech delivered today from St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire, John Edwards laid into Hillary Clinton and claimed the moral high ground–literally. By refusing to decline corporate contributions like he has, Edwards said that Clinton as president would […]

McCain Picks Up Pro-Life Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain just announced an endorsement from a prominent Michican pro-life activist who’d been affiliated with Sam Brownback’s campaign. It’s not enough to boost his God-o-Meter rating–and even with Michigan’s super-early January 15 primary, it’s not clear that winning the […]

In Vegas, Hillary Goes to Church

posted by dgilgoff

A recent column in The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes that Hillary Clinton recieved a rousing reception at a little-noticed visit to a black megachurch in West Las Vegas: After waking between 2,000-thread-count sheets at the Four Seasons, Clinton attended services […]

Hillary Out-Churching Obama?

posted by dgilgoff

Is it just God-o-Meter that thinks Hillary and Obama are trying to out-church each other in South Carolina, with Clinton particularly nervous about Obama’s aggressive outreach in black churches? Just as the Obama camp is staging its controversial “gospel tour,” […]

Brownback Inches Closer to Rudy

posted by dgilgoff

After his lengthy meeting yesterday with Rudy Giuliani in his Senate office, Sam Brownback appears to be warming even more to the ex-Mayor, reports Politico: Standing just outside his Senate office suite next to Giuliani, Brownback, an ardent abortion opponent, […]

Brownback Flirts With Giuliani

posted by dgilgoff

Sam Brownback wasn’t much of a presidential candidate, failing to shore up even the social conservatives who are his natural base, but his endorsement would be a jewel Rudy Giuliani’s crown. The Kansas senator would instantly become the highest-profile religious […]

Romney Loses Evangelical Backer

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times Caucus blog reports that a prominent evangelical who had endorsed him is taking it back: The Rev. Don Wilton, who is the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention in South Carolina, was one of […]

Giuliani Gets Love from Medved

posted by dgilgoff

Most Americans know it’s true, but God-o-Meter didn’t expect to hear it from a high-visibility culture warrior. In a USA Today column this morning, right-wing radio host Michael Medved argues that most Americans–and even many pro-life activists–are simultaneously pro-choice and […]

More B-Listers for Huck

posted by dgilgoff

While top-tier Christian Right leadership continues to withhold its blessing from Mike Huckabee, his rousing speech and ecstatic reception at last weekend’s Values Voter Summit is translating into some second-tier endorsements from the movement. From The New York Times Caucus […]

Romney’s Mormon Catch-22

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is relieved that somebody finally said it. Amid all the clamoring by pundits–and some religious conservatives–for Mitt Romney to deliver a “Mormon” speech in the vein of JFK’s 1960 address about his Catholicism, a glaring discrepancy between the two […]

Thomson Deflates–Even More

posted by dgilgoff

After Focus on the Family’s James Dobson dissed Fred Thompson several weeks back, a handful of Christian Right leaders came to the former Tennessee Senator’s defense, suggesting all was not lost for him among the pro-family crowd. But The Washington […]

Mitt Dodges Mormon Questions. Again.

posted by dgilgoff

When Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Mitt Romney yesterday whether questions about his Mormonism were fair game (video here) Romney nodded in agreement: “I have no problem with that. I’m not going to try to distance myself in any […]

Giuliani Pitches Values Voters

posted by dgilgoff

It wasn’t just that Giuliani showed up at the Values Voter Summit to address the religious conservatives that he’s mostly ignored till now that God-o-Meter is raising his rating. It’s that he made it seem like he really wanted to […]

Romney a Hit at Values Voter Summit

posted by dgilgoff

Watching Mitt Romney’s speech at the Values Voters Summit tonight, God-o-Meter had an easy time casting a verdict; The Massachusetts Governor hit out of the park with the audience here, easily outshining any of the candidates to speak so far: […]

Thompson Becomes Man of Prayer

posted by dgilgoff

When God-o-Meter checked in with a Fred Thompson advisor shortly before he official declared his candidacy, it was told that Thompson, whose infrequent church attendance has been much remarked upon, would not try to make believe he was deeply religious. […]

Falwell Won’t Introduce Giuliani

posted by dgilgoff

When God-o-Meter read in this week’s Weekly Standard that Jonathan Falwell was slated to introduce Rudy Giuliani at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, it did a double take. Would the son the modern Christian Right’s founder really be […]

Another Evangelical Not Against Mitt

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s greatest hurdle in the GOP primary may be winning ordinary evangelical voters, but evangelical leaders are becoming the most vociferous apologists for his Mormonism. The latest came last night on Larry King from Joel Osteen, the televangelist whose […]

Brownback Dropping Out Another Boost for Huck

posted by dgilgoff

This morning’s news from the Associated Press that Sam Brownback is expected to drop out of the presidential race is another in a string of recent boosts for Mike Huckabee. Add Brownback’s voters to Huckabee’s in the August Ames straw […]

Bob Jones III backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

In coup for Mitt Romney, who’s still working overtime to pick up Christian Right support after a year of trying, Bob Jones III announced yesterday that he’s endorsing the former Massachusetts governor. The chancellor of the fundamentalist Bob Jones University […]

Obama Copies Bush ’04 Tactics

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter can tell that Barack Obama is going to make it very difficult to keep its needle below ten. The Associated Press today sheds significant new light on Obama’s well-documented string of “faith forums” in early presidential primary and caucus […]

Why The Christian Right Snubs Huck

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter remarked recently that for a former Baptist preacher whose web site’s top issue baskets are “Faith and Politics” and “Sanctity of Life,” Mike Huckabee’s having an awfully hard time lining up A-list Christian Right support. Today’s Politico reports that […]

Obama Preaches Green Gospel

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter feels a tad guilty for lavishing so much HTML on Barack Obama, but no other candidate is courting religious voters with as much rigor and transparency (unlike, say, Republican candidates who powwow with Christian Right leaders in secret). On […]

Novak: Giuliani May Win Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Columnist Robert Novak, not exactly a Republican In Name Only, joins the chorus of those wondering if the Christian Right can really derail Rudy Giuliani. Is God-o-Meter the only one who still doubts that most churchgoing evangelicals will back America’s […]

Obama Stages Gospel Music Tour. Seriously.

posted by dgilgoff

Bill Clinton may have been the nation’s first black president–and a Baptist, to boot–but his wife ain’t attempting anything like this to reach churchgoing African Americans. God-o-Meter has just learned Barack Obama’s campaign is staging a three-day tour gospel music […]

More of Christian Right Accept Thompson

posted by dgilgoff

When Beliefnet checked in with Gary Bauer following his defense of Fred Thompson in light of James Dobson’s condemnation of the former Law & Order actor, he made clear he wasn’t endorsing Thompson. God-o-Meter takes Bauer at his word. But […]

Preacher Huckabee Can’t Get Evangelical Love

posted by dgilgoff

Even though God-o-Meter reported last week on some second-tier Christain Right endorsements for Mike Huckabee, it is somewhat scandalous that he’s failed to seal up more of the movement’s A-list. What’s a former Baptist preacher who’s rising in the Iowa […]

Evangelical Publicist Flacks Romney

posted by dgilgoff

It’s one thing for a Republican presidential candidate to get the tacit blessing of an evangelical leader, the kind John McCain got from Jerry Falwell by speaking at Liberty University last year. But God-o-Meter feels that it’s quite another to […]

Obama Church Appearance Riles Some Believers

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter–like so much of the news media–was impressed with Barack Obama’s appearance last Sunday at a Greenville, SC megachurch as part of his campaign’s “40 Days of Faith and Family” tour of the state. After all, the conservative evangelical congregation’s […]

Key Christian Right Leader Bullish on Romney

posted by dgilgoff

On a call with political reporters this morning, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised Mitt Romney, saying that of the 2008 Republican presidential field, “he has been the strongest on the core social issues.” “He has made these issues […]

Giuliani Joins Values Voter Summit

posted by dgilgoff

Is Rudy Giuliani reading–and reacting–to God-o-Meter? Just as his GOM reading was on a glide path to 0 for inspiring a third party threat from the Christian Right and for telling religious conservatives to respect him for being honest about […]

Obama: How I Came to Jesus

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter may have joshed Barack Obama for laying his faith-friendly message on so thick–his campaign is now on a “40 Days of Faith and Family” tour of South Carolina–but make no mistake: Obama is courting religious voters more strenuously than […]

Third Party Threat Against Giuliani Gets Teeth

posted by dgilgoff

Ever since top-tier Christian Right leaders floated a plan to coalesce behind a third party candidate in the event that socially liberal Rudy Giuliani is the GOP nominee, God-o-Meter has been wondering: with all the talk of the declining influence […]

Romney’s Mormon Speech is Written (May Need Editing)

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter tips its needle to Robert Novak for exposing Romney’s “The only people who ask about my Mormonism are reporters” line as the malarkey it is. Novak notes that Romney is asked about his Mormonism by practically every audience he […]

Giuliani on Evangelical Threat: Don’t Worry, Be Honest

posted by dgilgoff

With Focus on the Family’s James Dobson going public yesterday with his threat to back a third-party candidate against Rudy Giuliani, the press corps accompanying the ex-Mayor is obsessively asking him about his troubles with the Christian Right. Giuliani appeared […]

Giuliani to Christian Right: At Least I’m Honest

posted by dgilgoff

Rudy Giuliani has put God-o-Meter in a tight spot. On one hand, this morning’s New York Times reports that the pro-choice, pro-gay rights ex-mayor has been reaching out to more than a dozen key evangelical figures, trying to allay fears […]

Huckabee Seals Up More Christian Right Support

posted by dgilgoff

As possible Republican contenders like Newt Gingrich have stayed out of the presidential race and as Fred Thompson has declined to voice clear support for causes like a constitutional ban on gay marriage and 2005’s Terri Schiavo congressional intervention, God-o-Meter […]

Romney Gets No Love From Protestant Churchgoers

posted by dgilgoff

If a Republican candidate’s God-o-Meter rating is way up high, it must mean he’s getting the job done, right? Wrong. Case in point: a new analysis from the Gallup Poll shows that Mitt Romney’s strong Mormon identification (keeping God-o-Meter’s needle […]

Dobson & Co. Mull 3rd-Party Candidate

posted by dgilgoff

As January’s Iowa caucuses inch ever closer, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson is in takedown mode. Just over a week ago, God-o-Meter watched him throw a wet blanket on Fred Thompson. This weekend, he reportedly drove 600 miles from […]

Previous Posts

Closed for the Season
With Election Day finally having come and gone, God-o-Meter is closing up shop till 2012--or at least 2010. Till then, get your faith and politics fix over at Beliefnet editor-in-chief Steve Waldman's blog. 7

posted 4:32:33pm Nov. 19, 2008 | read full post »

On The Religious Left, Great Expectations
The first priorities for Barack Obama's administration will be the economy and a variety of foreign policy issues. But the burgeoning religious left, which worked so hard to get Obama elected, expects some movement on its issues, including a robust White House office of faith-based initiatives, pove

posted 1:49:31pm Nov. 07, 2008 | read full post »

Howard Dean's Vindication
God-o-Meter wrote a piece for today's Roll Call on the vindication of Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean's much-derided 50-State Strategy, which is largely about reaching out to the nation's more religious voters in the red states: Years before Barack Obama showed that a liberal Demo

posted 2:01:06pm Nov. 06, 2008 | read full post »

A Post-Election Chat with Ralph Reed
Amid today's talk that Barack Obama has narrowed the God Gap, God-o-Meter checked in with Ralph Reed, who spearheaded religious outreach for George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns and who pioneered such outreach for Republicans as executive director of the Christian Coalition. What surprised you i

posted 3:09:07pm Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

More Innacurate Faith Storylines From the Media
God-o-Meter is struck by the number of faith-based storylines the news media appear to have gotten dead wrong this year. One was the line that Obama was poised to make big gains among white votes, especially evangelicals, who were undergoing a generational shift in their political thinking and reexa

posted 11:53:20am Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

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