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More Hagee Heartburn for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

In 2004, a handful of Catholic bishops publicly bashed John Kerry for being pro-choice. That no doubt contributed to Kerry’s loss of the Catholic vote, despite his own Catholicism. Democrats took note. So in 2008, a high-ranking Catholic Democratic National […]

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Tennessee GOP & The Muslim Card

posted by dgilgoff

The Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release on Monday questioning Barack Obama’s support for Israel. What made headlines, tough, was that the release used Obama’s middle name and the Drudge Report photo of Obama in traditional Muslim garb. After […]

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Michelle Obama: Hussein as Fear Bomb

posted by dgilgoff

So far as God-o-Meter can tell, this is the first we’ve heard about the controversy over using Barack Obama’s middle name from someone named Obama: at a rally in Canton, Ohio, Michelle Obama called it the “fear bomb.” The Chicago […]

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Clinton’s (Last?) Ohio Ad

posted by dgilgoff

It’s just one line in Hillary Clinton’s new Ohio ad, but it caught God-o-Meter because the person voicing it, Buckeye State Governor Ted Strickland, is an ordained Methodist minister: I think she’s a person of deep faith .Is it Huckabee’s […]

Obama’s Schiavo Regrets

posted by dgilgoff

Knowing that he’s one of his party’s leading advocates for appealing to evangelicals and other religious conservatives, God-o-Meter was somewhat surprised to hear Barack Obama answer a question about one of his regrets by saying he should have done more […]

Hagee Endorsement Includes Baggage

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday, John McCain received the endorsement of the prominent San Antonio-based Christian evangelist/Zionist John Hagee, an important get in a state where Mike Huckabee threatens to take major evangelical support in next week’s primary. So why isn’t God-o-Meter’s needle going […]

IRS Investigates Obama’s Denomination

posted by dgilgoff

As if God-o-Meter needed more evidence that Democrats are embracing the faith organizing tactics of the GOP, it reads today that the IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ for possibly violating its rules against church politicking by featuring […]

Obama Really Winning the Faith Vote?

posted by dgilgoff

A document titled “Obama winning the faith vote” just landed in God-o-Meter’s inbox, courtesy of the Obama camp’s faith outreach director. God-o-Meter wonders whether this might be a case of deceptive labeling. What appeared to be Obama’s early advantage among […]

To Denounce or Reject?

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton tried to out-distance Barack Obama from anti-Semitism in last night’s debate, noting that when she was endorsed by an anti-Semitic fringe party in New York, she rejected its support, while Obama has denounced Louis Farrakhan in more surgical […]

Obama’s Middle Name

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain yesterday repudiated a conservative talk radio host who introduced the presumptive Republican nominee at a Cincinnati rally by taking a few swipes at Obama’s middle name. The New York Times captured the scene: Bill Cunningham, who hosts “The […]

Obama’s Vetting

posted by dgilgoff

Doug Wead, the evangelical former advisor to both Bush presidents, wants to know more about Barack Obama, specifically about his middle name: The Obama dream is intoxicating but who is he? Has he really been vetted? And why can’t we […]

More Word of Obama’s Muslim Support

posted by dgilgoff

This article from Congressional Quarterly is mostly on the dramatic shift among Muslims from the Republican to the Democratic column in the last eight years, but it does suggest that Obama will handily beat Hillary Clinton among Muslims: This year, […]

Josh Romney on the “Mormon Factor”

posted by dgilgoff

As he mulls a run for Congress in Utah, Mitt Romney’s son Josh tells the Deseret Morning News that the Mormon factor mattered in his dad’s primary loss largely because Mike Huckabee made it an issue: Huckabee, a Southern Baptist […]

McCain’s Evangelical Woes, Cont’d

posted by dgilgoff

You know things are bad when your own Christian Right liaison is saying publicly that there’s still lots of work for you to do even as you’re sailing toward the nomination. And the AP reports that McCain’s top envoy to […]

The Battle Over Polling Evangelical Democrats

posted by dgilgoff

A couple weeks ago, God-o-Meter reported that the progressive group Faith in Public Life, incensed that primary state exit polls failed to ask Democratic voters whether or not they’re evangelicals (as those polls do for Republicans) took it upon itself […]

Mrs. Obama: Holes in Our Souls

posted by dgilgoff

Forgive God-o-Meter if it’s the only one not to pick up on this earlier. According to New York Times columnist Bill Kristol (that still sounds weird, doesn’t it?) Michelle Obama has been saying publicly that Americans suffer from hole-in-the-soul disease: […]

Questions for Huck and Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

Both Huckabee and Dobson are staying mum on what the two spoke about when they sat down together in Colorado Springs this weekend. Here’s what God-o-Meter would like to ask them, if it could: Did Dobson ask Huck about his […]

Obama as Adam. Yes, that Adam.

posted by dgilgoff

After reading this New Republic article, God-o-Meter is convinced that it’s not as big a stretch as it sounds. Here’s the gist: Obama is the candidate of the new–a “new generation,” a “new leadership,” a “new kind of politics,” to […]

Farrakhan Sings Obama’s Praises

posted by dgilgoff

While Barack Obama was distancing himself from his pastor’s past support for Louis Farrakhan before a Jewish audience yesterday, Farrakhan himself was singing Obama’s praises. The AP reports: The 74-year-old Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the […]

Still Allaying Jewish Concerns

posted by dgilgoff

It wasn’t on his public campaign schedule, but Barack Obama powwowed yesterday with roughly 100 Jewish activists in Cleveland as part of his ongoing campaign to reassure Jews of his commitment to Israel (he’d formerly been more vocal about his […]

Clinton Camp Fans false Obama-as-Muslim Rumors

posted by dgilgoff

How else to explain why Clinton staffers would circulate a photo of Obama dressed as a Somali elder?

Clinton’s Christian Broadcasting Network Debut

posted by dgilgoff

How do you like this for timing: On Friday, a new Gallup poll shows that Hillary Clinton has a substantial lead among highly religious white Democrats. On Saturday, the senator from New York sits down with David Brody for 25 […]

Clinton’s Edge Among White Religious Dems

posted by dgilgoff

This is big news for Hillary Clinton: a new Gallup poll shows her with a major advantage among religious white Democrats over Barack Obama. God-o-Meter had recently reported that it was Obama’s religious outreach that appeared to be paying higher […]

Obama as Messiah

posted by dgilgoff

Last month, God-o-Meter wrote about Barack Obama becoming the Democrats’ Mike Huckabee–a secular preacher. Columnist Kathleen Parker takes the case even further today, seeing in the Obama juggernaut a messiah for today’s secular youth: Reports of women weeping and swooning […]

The Moral Case for Superdelegates

posted by dgilgoff

As Barack Obama racks up primary victories, Hillary Clinton is making a strenuous case that super delegates, whose support could potentially determine the Democratic nominee, should act according to their consciences and not according to the primary results. The Clinton […]

Hillary Speaks from the Heart

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton’s Faith, Family and Values team sent out this clip of the senator’s response to the final question of last night’s debate, Describe a moment in life when you were tested most.Toward the end of her response, Clinton characterizes […]

Muslims for Obama

posted by dgilgoff

Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, argues that the six-million-strong American Muslim community is likely to break for Barack Obama, in a piece brought to God-o-Meter’s attention by the Dallas […]

Mrs. Huck Goes to Hooters

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is less sure than The San Francisco Chronicle that Janet Huckabee’s stay at Las Vegas’s Hooters Casino Hotel will scare of her husband’s evangelical supporters–this is a couple that upgraded to a “covenant marriage” a few years back–but it’s […]

McCain’s Alleged Affair and Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s David Brody’s take on how today’s New York Times story that insinuated John McCain had an affair (without producing any hard evidence) will affect the Arizona senator’s attempts to woo evangelicals: Obviously an article like this doesn’t help McCain […]

Big Christian Right Gets for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just hung up with Shannon Royce, former executive director of the Arlington Group–a coalition of conservative Christian big wigs hell-bent on stopping gay marriage–and was surprised to learn that she had formally endorsed John McCain. Hardly a household name, […]

Does Richard Land Favor Obama?

posted by dgilgoff

It’s an indirect compliment, to be sure, but Southern Baptist Convention Public Policy chief Richard Land’s comments in today’s Tennesseean certainly seem to favor Obama: Of the two Democratic hopefuls, Land said that as a conservative Republican he’d rather see […]

McCain’s Values-Free Victory Speech

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s victory speech on the heels of last night’s unsurprising Wisconsin win, which had the Arizona senator asserting for the first time that “I will be our party’s nominee for President,” featured none of the traditional values talk we’ve […]

What’s Huck Thinking?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter caught up the other day with Charmaine Yoest, the Family Research Council VP of communications who left her post last year to become a senior advisor to Mike Huckabee. Yoest returned to FRC last month, when Huckabee’s cash flow […]

The Catholic (Republican) Case for Obama

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter can’t believe it missed this Slate story several days back. Douglas W. Kmiec, the Catholic legal scholar who chaired Mitt Romney’s Committee on the Constitution, makes the Catholic case for Barack Obama. Given that Kmiec is a big deal […]

Bill Flips Out at Pro-Lifers

posted by dgilgoff

At a rally in Steubenville, Ohio last night, Bill Clinton shouted down a gaggle of pro-life hecklers. Yes, Clinton challenged the pro-live movement’s position for criminalizing doctors and expectant mothers. But he also claimed to be more pro-life than them, […]

Pastor for Huck Strikes Back

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter carried an item last week about the IRS investigating a California pastor who endorsed Mike Huckabee on church letterhead, an apparent violation of IRS rules against church politicking. Now that pastor, Wiley S. Drake, is striking back. He’s calling […]

Evangelicals Opposed to Mormons? Never!

posted by dgilgoff

Echoing Hot Air’s response to God-o-Meter’s op-ed on the Christian Right’s failure to help its favored candidate, Mitt Romney, by candidly discussing his Mormonism, conservative Idaho blogger Adam Graham says: I’ve always looked at a person’s values, not their particular […]

Evangelicals for Mitt Debate McCain

posted by dgilgoff

For a window onto the debate playing out among evangelicals over whether or not to support John McCain, check out the back-and-forth over at Evangelicals for Mitt, including this post in his defense, excerpted here: [I]f your “troika” of the […]

Pro-Lifers Rally to McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Why isn’t John McCain defending himself more forcefully against Christian Right critics by pointing to his decades’ worth of votes against any kind of abortion rights? God-o-Meter can’t figure it out, but other pro-life advocates have begun making the argument […]

Big Evangelical Get for Hillary

posted by dgilgoff

When he was in Congress, Ohio Rep. Tony Hall was the dean of the dwindling ranks of elected pro-life Democrats. When President Bush appointed Hall, an evangelical, as ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in 2002, […]

The Christian Right Nominated McCain

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has an op-ed in USA Today arguing that the Christian Right helped secure the GOP nomination for its archenemy, John McCain, by neglecting to have a public discussion about the Mormonism of its favored candidate, Mitt Romney. Check it […]

Another Black Church for Bill

posted by dgilgoff

Last week, God-o-Meter noted that Bill Clinton’s many church visits appear to be almost entirely to African American congregations. This morning, it noticed that the ex-prez stopped by St. Paul AME in Columbus, OH, whose web site identifies it as […]

Doubts About Dems and Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter recently reported on a new poll by the evangelical group Faith in Public Life that found Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama among white evangelicals in Tennessee and Missouri and that more evangelicals were voting Democratic in those states than […]

Third Party Plan Resurfaces

posted by dgilgoff

The same South Dakota Christian activist who devised a plan for Christian Right leaders to back a third party should Rudy Giuliani have gotten the GOP nomination is reprising it for John McCain. Version 2.0 has substantially less support. From […]

The Evangelical Mailbag

posted by dgilgoff

CBN’s David Brody asked evangelical readers of his blog k to write him with their thoughts on John McCain. He got some positive reactions, to be sure, but plenty of them read like this: From Fred (and his wife): We […]

A Muslim Case Against Ron Paul

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter hadn’t realized there was a groundswell of Muslim support for Ron Paul, but that is the case, according to Ali Eteraz at altmuslim.com. I have noticed that the amount of fervor that Ron Paul has inspired among Muslims has […]

Muslim Rumors, Jewish Edition

posted by dgilgoff

In this week’s Jewish Daily Forward, Senate Majority Whip and Barack Obama booster Dick Durbin writes in to complain about a recent Forward editorial that alleges that Obama worshipped as a Muslim as a child. … the Forward repeats second-hand […]

IRS Investigates Pro-Huck Pastor

posted by dgilgoff

The Associated Press reports that the IRS is investigating a California-based Baptist pastor who is backing Mike Huckabee for possibly violating its rules against official church endorsements of candidates. God-o-Meter will give the pastor the benefit of the doubt, but […]

Santorum Reconsiders McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Rick Santorum is warming up to John McCain. Which means Santorum is deeply skeptical of the Arizona senator, as opposed to being dead set against him. From Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: Conservatives understand just how consequential the 2008 election will be. […]

Maryland Jews Back Hillary

posted by dgilgoff

Maryland Jews backed Hillary this week, but those in California backed Barack Obama. Jews in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and Nevada, went for Clinton. Those in Connecticut and Massachusetts went for Obama. It seems that Jews in more conservative […]

Is it Huck’s Fault?

posted by dgilgoff

The AP chimes in on John McCain’s weak finish among Virginia values voters yesterday, with Fred Thompson’s former communications director blaming it on Huckabee’s refusal to leave the race: “McCain will be our nominee and he is starting to consolidate […]

Anti-Huck Discrimination?

posted by dgilgoff

Is Mike Huckabee the victim of religious discrimination from the media? In an interview with radio host Dennis Prager, brought to God-o-Meter’s attention by the Faith in Public Life blog, Huckabee accuses the press of displaying “soft bigotry” toward him […]

McCain’s Troubling Virginia Win

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain won yesterday’s primary in Virginia, where a Huckabee victory would have raised another round of questions about what team McCain has claimed is its lock on the nomination. But McCain’s win was none too sweet. First there was […]

Weyrich Backs Huck

posted by dgilgoff

Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich, a former Mitt Romney backer, has endorsed Mike Huckabee. God-o-Meter wants to know: are these protest endorsements or part of a campaign to get McCain to pick Huck as his running mate? Both scenarios seem […]

A Romneyite Critiques Romney

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter promises to let go of Mitt Romney soon, but please indulge it another post or two. GOM caught up yesterday with Matthew Spalding, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation who did some advising and speechwriting for Romney—not connected […]

Conservatives (Reluctantly) for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer explains his decision to endorse John McCain in today’s Washington Times, but it reads like one more reminder that conservatives just aren’t feelin’ it: In the wake of John McCain’s Tsunami Tuesday victories and Mitt Romney’s […]

Quietly Sweeping Catholic Voters

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times makes the important and somehow overlooked point that Hillary Clinton is dominating among Catholic voters, a constituency whose record picking presidential winners has few rivals: Hillary Rodham Clinton has run away with the votes of Roman […]

Ralph Reed’s Advice for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

CBN’s David Brody has some advice for John McCain from former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed about winning over skeptical evangelicals: First, he should choose a running mate with strong conservative credentials, both on social issues and economic issues. […]

Hillary Ahead Among White Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Miffed that the exit polls commissioned by the TV networks and major news outlets have refused to ask Democratic voters whether they’re evangelical/born again Christians, the liberal group Faith in Public Life took it upon themselves to so. This morning, […]

Gary Bauer Backs McCain

posted by dgilgoff

The AP just reported that culture warrior Gary Bauer has endorsed John McCain. Anyone else notice how Bauer has been playing good cop to his buddy James Dobson’s bad cop all through this election cycle? When Dobson dissed Fred Thompson […]

Bill Ever Go to White Churches?

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times caucus blog reports on two more visits to black churches from Bill Clinton in Maryland and Washington, DC, which hold their primaries tomorrow. That follows the former president’s visits to three black churches in California last […]

Stuck With Huck

posted by dgilgoff

As the founder of the blog Evangelicals for Mitt, Nancy French has spent the better part of the last two years trying to convince fellow born-again Christians to back a Mormon for president. A published author who spends most of […]

A Religious Rift in the GOP

posted by dgilgoff

MSNBC has called Louisiana for Mike Huckabee. Sure, Huck got fewer than three in ten non-evangelical voters. But among Pelican State evangelicals, who make up 58-percent of Republican voters there, Huckabee got nearly six in ten votes. With Mitt Romney […]

Evangelical Against Huck

posted by dgilgoff

After Mitt Romney announced his withdrawal from the race yesterday, God-o-Meter phoned Mark DeMoss, a prominent evangelical PR man and Romney backer who spent most of January traveling with the Romney campaign to various primary states. Like others on the […]

The Mormon Factor: a Romneyesque View

posted by dgilgoff

Gary Marx, the conservative coalitions director for Mitt Romney, spearheaded the campaign’s outreach to the conservative Christian community. After Romney withdrew from the race yesterday, God-o-Meter asked Marx how big the so-called Mormon factor was in stopping Romney candidacy: It […]

Dobson Endorses Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

And not a moment too soon. God-o-Meter doesn’t know whether to respect Dobson for declining to back Huck while Mitt Romney was still in the race–sending a message to evangelicals that he remained open to a Mormon and that the […]

A Romneyesque View of McCain

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just got off the phone with an advisor to Mitt Romney, a longtime conservative activist with strong ties in the movement. Exactly the type of person, in other words, who John McCain needs to win to shore up support […]

The Mormon Factor

posted by dgilgoff

Was Mitt Romney’s Mormonism a factor in the failure of his candidacy? Definitely. Was it the factor? That’s less clear. For all his fundraising success, organizational superiority, and obvious qualifications, Romney was beset with a number of big hurdles throughout […]

Going Out Like a Culture Warrior

posted by dgilgoff

In announcing he’s suspending his candidacy, Mitt Romney sounded every bit the Focus on the Family spokesman that he he’s sounded like throughout his campaign: ….Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture. Over the […]

McCain’s Evangelical Woes. Overstated?

posted by dgilgoff

Mark Stricherz from Get Religion just emailed God-o-Meter to take issue with its piece on John McCain’s evangelical troubles. Here’s what he writes: [Y]our thesis about McCain’s electoral woes is overstated. Check out these polls from RealClearPolitics. In head-to-head matchups […]

Evangelical Expectations Setting

posted by dgilgoff

Beliefnet blogger Jim Wallis stopped by The Daily Show yesterday and sounded decidedly bullish on Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s chances with evangelical voters. Here’s a snippet, by way of Christianity Today’s Liveblog: [Barack Obama is] almost a public theologian. […]

Dobson Backs Huck and Romney

posted by dgilgoff

A day after denouncing John McCain, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson said today he’d be willing to vote for Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney. From Focus on the Family Action’s daily CitizenLink email update: Around noon today, Dr. Dobson […]

The Democratic Faith Wars

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: an analysis of which kinds of religious voters supported which candidates. Democratic candidates. Here’s religion and politics scholar John Green, of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, courtesty of Christianity Today’s Liveblog: […]

Huck’s Smooth Stones

posted by dgilgoff

Last night, Mike Huckabee opened his ebullient Super Tuesday speech in Little Rock with this line: Tonight, we are making sure America understands that sometimes one small smooth stone is even more effective than a whole lot of armor. The […]

5 Lessons from Huck’s Big Day

posted by dgilgoff

Do Mike Huckabee’s surprising Super Tuesday victories in the Deep South–where he took Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia–translate into a delegate boost that puts him within reach of the Republican nomination? Almost certainly not, though some of the […]

McCain’s Evangelical Troubles Mount

posted by dgilgoff

Even as Super Tuesday saw John McCain continue to win more primary battles than his Republican rivals, there is mounting evidence that he’s losing the war with the evangelical base of his own party, raising questions about the Arizona senator’s […]

A Race-Based God Gap

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has noted that in southern states like Georgia and South Carolina, where Barack Obama won landslide victories, he fared best among frequent churchgoers. Among those voters, Obama won two-to-one over Hillary Clinton. But after Clinton was declared victorious in […]

Among Churchgoers, an Obama Landslide

posted by dgilgoff

What happened in South Carolina among Democratic churchgoers happened again in Georgia today: they broke wildly for Barack Obama. With just two percent of precincts reporting, CNN has called the state for Obama. Among those attending church weekly or more […]

Dobson for Romney?

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on James Dobson’s McCain denouncement. He sees it as a probable tacit endorsement for Romney. As a former Focus on the Family newsman, Brody would be one to know. I guess my first […]

Why Dobson (Still) Matters

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter’s Beliefnet buddy David Kuo has this to say about James Dobson’s stated rationale for opposing John McCain, which was read today on air by Laura Ingraham: Damn. Is there a more succinct and stunning summation of the reason why […]

Utah Mormons Hate Huck

posted by dgilgoff

Can you really blame them? From The Politico: …overwhelmingly Mormon Utah has taken a profound dislike to the Southern Baptist preacher best known for his nice-guy persona. The wellspring of Huckabee hate is a now-famous Dec. 16 New York Times […]

Dobson Decries McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s what Focus on the Family founder James Dobson just said in a statement opposing John McCain, according to an email just sent out by the Romney campaign. The statement was apparently released exclusively to the Laura Ingraham show (listen […]

More Brownback Love

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s Sam Brownback’s pro-John McCain piece in today’s National Catholic Register, which God-o-Meter announced was coming yesterday. The piece is a response to an earlier Register piece arguing that McCain’s pro-life advocacy was lacking. One snippet: I am convinced that […]

Huck’s Sinking Ship

posted by dgilgoff

As if it were needed, more documentation of Mike Huckabee’s failure to break out of his conservative evangelical base, by way of The Washington Post: Since a surprising win in Iowa, Huckabee has failed to win a primary or caucus, […]

McCain to Talk Judges

posted by dgilgoff

Trying to win over his own skeptical base, and to combat reports that he has criticized Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito for “wearing his conservatism on his sleeve,” John McCain plans to use his address this week at the Conservative […]

The Electability Trap

posted by dgilgoff

You’d think that having conservative legal luminary like Stephen Calabresi–cofounder of the Federalist Society–editorialize on John McCain’s behalf would be a big plus for the Arizona Senator as he tries to mollify his party’s social conservative base. But check out […]

Barna: Hillary Leads Born Agains

posted by dgilgoff

At the outset, let God-o-Meter note that George Barna, the country’s pre-eminent evangelical pollster–in both the sense that he’s an evangelical and that polling evangelicals is his specialty–takes an expansive view of who’s a born again Christian. That means his […]

For Guns and Jesus

posted by dgilgoff

Think Barack Obama’s landslide victory among South Carolina churchgoers allayed the campaign’s fears about the false rumors that he’s Muslim? Think again. Check out the top of this AP dispatch: BOISE, Idaho – Democratic Sen. Barack Obama assured Western voters […]

Santorum Calls for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

After endorsing him last week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has taped a robo-call for Mitt Romney that will go into a handful of Super Tuesday states. Script of the call comes courtesy of Jonathan Martin’s Politico blog: “Hello, this […]

A 3-Church Sunday

posted by dgilgoff

Bill Clinton spoke at three Southern California church services this morning–and would have done another were it not for Super Bowl plans. From the Los Angeles Times: With Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigning in Minnesota and Missouri, her husband visited […]

McCain’s Grassroots Problem

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has argued more than once that despite his success winning enough evangelical votes to shore up the GOP nomination, John McCain will have a much tougher time mobilizing tens of thousands of religious conservatives–the ones who provided George W. […]

Opening Up on Mormonism?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter doesn’t fully buy this AP article, headlined “Romney Opens Up About Mormons,” but there’s some interesting stuff here nonetheless. Check out this take on an AP-Yahoo poll about how few Republican Mormon skeptics have budged on Romney: An AP-Yahoo […]

Criminalizing Jesus?

posted by dgilgoff

The only real mention of religion during last night’s Democratic debate came from Hillary: WOLF BLITZER: [W]ere you missing in action when Senator Obama and Senator McCain and Senator Kennedy started formulating comprehensive immigration reform? CLINTON: Well, actually, I co-sponsored […]

The Santorum Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

A few weeks after bashing John McCain as “weak on values,” former Pennsylvania Senator and Christian Right darling Rick Santorum is endorsing Mitt Romney. Here’s Santorum on Laura Ingraham (listen to it here): “I spent an hour and a half […]

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

On The Religious Left, Great Expectations
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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