The Christian Right Nominated McCain

romney22.jpgGod-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 out here and let GOM know if you agree.


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posted February 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm

The people who are talked about in this article are the reasons I wish there was a 3rd Moderate party to vote for. Then we could take the good ideas from both sides and work towards getting things done instead of being bogged down trying to make James Dobson happy on the Right and the crowd on the left. When it comes down to it these groups are one and the same just with opposing viewpoints which are completely intolerant of the other. The majority of people would consider them center right or center left and are tired of the fringes controlling what goes on in the political realm. We want people who are willing to put the country first and not their political ambitions or the ambitions of those people who are well beyond what most of us consider ourselves to be. John McCain is despised by the extreme right for some of the things he has done and rightfully so in a few circumstances, but the one example that blows my mind is when his opponent bring up the “Gang of 14″ against him. What is better to never bow to compromise so you can say that you stuck with the “base” or to realize that to reach the right end it is better to give a little. What would have happened had they not done this? The filibuster would have been taken away as a tool to prevent a judge from being confirmed. That wasn’t a bad thing in this case, but what if Hillary were to win the presidency and nominates to the Supreme Court some leftist judge who believes that humans should be cloned and guess what, no filibuster available to the Republicans to stop the judge from being voted on. I wish that we could all agree to do what was best instead of what the fringes think is best. Sometimes those things are the same, but many times they are not.

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posted February 19, 2008 at 11:10 am

I’m surprised that people think the reason that people (Christian and otherwise) didn’t vote for Romney is that he is a Mormon. I wouldn’t vote for Romney because he seemed too conveniently “converted” to conservatism, and frankly, I didn’t trust a guy who appeared to re-tool his message after every primary to see if he could find something that worked. In that regard, McCain at least scored points as someone who had convictions and stuck by them.
As for Huckabee, did you ever consider that some evangelicals might be ATTRACTED to the fact that he isn’t a conservative ideologue? I know that wouldn’t be true of all of them, but you don’t think he appeals to some Christians because of his views on immigration, the environment, and schools?
I think too many in the media equate evangelical Christianity with movement conservatism, and that’s a mistake. Five minutes with Jim Wallis ought to convince anyone of that. And in general, I think it’s problematic to talk about evangelicals (or blacks or hispanics or older voters or women) as if they were monolithic blocs who all see the world one way. It just ain’t so.

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