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April 2008 Archives

The Christian Right’s Kind Words For McCain

posted by dgilgoff

For an organization with an axe to grind with John McCain, Family Research Council Action sure likes his health care plan. This is from an FRC Action email update that just went out: A Man with a Plan Spending isn’t […]

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Turning Wright Around

posted by dgilgoff

Former Bill Clinton political advisor Dick Morris says today that the Wright crisis gives Obama a major opportunity to define himself against the archetypal Angry Black Man: But if Wright has come to be the poster child for what America […]

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Clinton Touting Mom’s Sunday School Bona Fides

posted by dgilgoff

In Hillary Clinton’s new Indiana ad, she mentions that her “mother taught Sunday school.” Speaking of which, does Obama’s pastor controversy make it much easier for Clinton to showcase her faith from here on out, since Obama threatens to dredge […]

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Why Wright’s Black Church is Different

posted by dgilgoff

One of the key arguments Jeremiah Wright has advanced in defending himself against charges of radicalism is that criticisms of him by the news media and by conservatives represent an attack on the entire black church. God-o-Meter, though, has been […]

Clinton’s Questions for God

posted by dgilgoff

The Brody File has tapes from an interview Hillary Clinton did after this month’s Compassion Forum that was broadcast to churches in the week after the event. An excerpt from the transcript: When you stand before God, what might a […]

Does Wright Want to Sink Obama?

posted by dgilgoff

There’s a growing consensus in the commentariat that Jeremiah Wright has sought not just to protect himself, but to damage Obama: Take Roger Simon in The Politico: Wright is also interested in taking Obama down a peg or two. In […]

The Mailbag

posted by dgilgoff

A reader writes: Obama would be better off acting as a politician and allowing Reverend Wright to have his own opinion and ignoring his comments about him entirely. Just because someone says something about you doesn’t mean you have to […]

Video: Obama Breaks With Wright

posted by dgilgoff

“If Reverend Wright thinks that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well. And based on his remarks yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought, either.”

Obama’s Wright Outrage: Is it Enough?

posted by dgilgoff

With the avalanche of criticism descending on Jeremiah Wright after his National Press Club appearance yesterday, even from many Obama supporters, the big question today was whether Obama would do what he said he couldn’t in his big Philadelphia speech […]

A Growing Chorus for Obama to Disown Wright

posted by dgilgoff

It’s no surprise that my conservative Beliefnet colleague Rod Dreher is openly pondering whether Barack Obama is in need of a Sister Soulja moment wherein he disowns Jeremiah Wright. What is more remarkable is how different the reaction is from […]

Why Wright’s Not Beside the Point

posted by dgilgoff

UCC blogger Chuck Currie writes that the Wright controversy is beside the point: This weekend and today The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, a colleague of mine in the United Church of Christ (thought we do not know each other personally), […]

Obama’s Catholic Problem? Catholics’ Black Problem?

posted by dgilgoff

If you haven’t yet, check out the debate happening between Deal Hudson, the RNC’s fomrer Catholic outreach director, Catholic writer David Gibson, and Beliefnet editor-in-chief Steve Waldman about whether Barack Obama has a so-called Catholic problem–or whether Catholics have a […]

Clinton Supporter Organized Wright Appearance

posted by dgilgoff

The Daily News has the story, though it’s unclear whether the supporter organized yesterday’s Wright appearance to hurt Obama: Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, […]

Wright Ratchets Up Rhetoric

posted by dgilgoff

Watch Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s raucous National Press Club Q&A with reporters from this morning here:This speech will make more news than Wright’s other public appearances over the last few days. Wright stood by his 9/11 remarks. He stood by Louis […]

A Second Wright Ad

posted by dgilgoff

This one’s for a special congressional election in Mississippi:Politico has the story.

McCain: Wright’s an Issue

posted by dgilgoff

Last week, John McCain was emailing the North Carolina GOP, insisting that it not air a television ad exploiting Barack Obama’s relationship with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Now McCain says Wright is fair game, The New York Times reports: […]

Why Won’t Wright Quit?

posted by dgilgoff

It’s not what he said, it’s that he said anything at all.There was nothing in Jeremiah Wright’s speech at the Detroit NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner last night that was a tenth as controversial as in the videotaped sermons […]

Big Faith Operative for Clinton?

posted by dgilgoff

The Clinton campaign just sent God-o-Meter this picture of Chelsea Clinton worshipping at the Central United Methodist Church in Ashville, North Carolina. Not news. But the story that the picture’s attached to in the Ashville Citizen-Times might contain some. Check […]

Interview: Why Ray Flynn Backs Clinton

posted by dgilgoff

Raymond Flynn was U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican under President Bill Clinton and, before that, Mayor of Boston. In recent years, the lifelong Democrat has been an advocate for the poor and for social conservative causes, which has sometimes put […]

McCain and the Altar Call

posted by dgilgoff

Bloomberg delivers the latest iteration of the “John McCain keeps his faith to himself” story. Most of it’s rehash, but there’s a new interesting fact up top: John McCain’s pastor ends his sermons with an altar call, beckoning any stirred […]

The Wright Interview: Not Winning Converts

posted by dgilgoff

You can see an advance clip from Jeremiah Wright’s interview tonight with Bill Moyers here:In sharp contrast to the explosive sermon clips that circulated a month and a half ago, Wright appears calm and collected as he gives his take […]

A Sneak Peak at the Wright interview

posted by dgilgoff

Courtesy of The New York Times. Wright discusses what he considers a media/right wing plot against him. God-o-Meter stands by its earlier take on Wright granting the interview. Politically, it can only harm Obama. The interview airs tomorrow on PBS.

Dean Calls McCain Out on Wright Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Lots of folks are noting that John McCain’s calls for the North Carolina’s GOP to pull its Obama/Wright ad allow him to look like he’s taking the high road even as he benefits from the ad, since the North Carolina […]

The Absurdity of ‘Obama as Atheist’

posted by dgilgoff

Andrew Sullivan excerpts this reader comment over at the Daily Dish: I firmly believe that Obama is a typical Ivy League atheist who plays at Christianity in a cynical way to get elected to public office. God-o-Meter is frankly shocked […]

Hagee/McCain: The Gay Angle

posted by dgilgoff

MoveOn.org is organizing a protest of a John McCain town hall in New Orleans this morning on the basis that McCain endorser John Hagee–who received so much attention for his past anti-Catholic statements–has blamed the residents of the Crescent City […]

The Perils of Wright Going Public

posted by dgilgoff

The Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet predicts that Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s forthcoming flurry of public appearances–he’s a guest on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS tomorrow and is making public speeches in Detroit and Washington, DC in the days following–bodes ill […]

Obama Did Gain (Slightly) Among Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama got walloped by Pennsylvania Catholics yesterday. Still, shortly after the polls closed, the Obama camp began making the case that his 31-percent support among Catholics–compared to 69-percent for Hillary Clinton–represented a modest improvement from mid-March, when a Quinnipiac […]

NC GOP Defies McCain on Wright Ad

posted by dgilgoff

The North Carolina Republican Party is defying calls from John McCain and other members of the national Republican Party not to air an ad featuring Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s longtime pastor. Here’s the email from McCain to North Carolina GOP […]

The New Wright/Obama Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Watch it Here:According to TIME, the McCain campaign has strongly rejected the ad in a statement: John McCain strongly rejects this ad and the type of politics that degrades our civics. From the beginning of this process McCain has expressed […]

Let the Wright Ads Begin

posted by dgilgoff

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy has blown over, and Obama survived more or less unscathed, right? Not exactly. As God-o-Meter has said, the worst is yet to come for Obama, as Republicans and their allies begin turning video of Wright’s […]

Obama’s Secular Pennsylvania Base

posted by dgilgoff

For all his religious outreach, Barack Obama’s base in today’s Pennsylvania’s primary today was secular. Yes, he won voters who attend church more than weekly–though at 50-percent to 49-percent it wasn’t exactly a clear cut victory–but those voters constituted just […]

Clinton Wins Pennsylvania Jews

posted by dgilgoff

It wasn’t a landslide, but it was decisive. Jews, who comprised 7-percent of today’s Democratic Pennsylvania electorate, broke for Hillary Clinton 55-percent to 45-percent, according to exit polls. Barack Obama and Clinton staged a surprisingly spirited fight for the Jewish […]

Obama Loses Pennsylvania Catholics Big

posted by dgilgoff

The Obama campaign just fired off an email memo whose title begins: “Obama Overperforms Among Catholics…” Technically, that’s right. But Hillary Clinton nonetheless trampled Obama among Catholics today in Pennsylvania, where they accounted for roughly a third of the Democratic […]

Obama and Catholics: Evidence of Inroads?

posted by dgilgoff

Under the headline Obama Catholic Outreach Failing, God-o-Meter asserted yesterday that, for all his impressive efforts, Barack Obama had nothing to show for his Catholic outreach, given that a Sunday poll put Clinton ahead of Obama among Pennsylvania Catholics by […]

Obama’s Quiet Church Visit

posted by dgilgoff

South Carolina pastor Ronald Byrd should check this out: Campaigning in Pennsylvania this weekend, Barack Obama quietly attended service at St. Mark’s United Church of Christ in small town Lebanon, outside Harrisburg. The Lebanon Daily News carried the story: Obama […]

Muslims Ask McCain to Drop ‘Islamic Terrorism’

posted by dgilgoff

From The Washington Times: A coalition of American Muslim groups is demanding that Sen. John McCain stop using the adjective “Islamic” to describe terrorists and extremist enemies of the United States. Muneer Fareed, who heads the Islamic Society of North […]

Rev. Wright Grants a TV Interview

posted by dgilgoff

He’ll be on PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal this Friday, followed by a handful of other public appearances over the following few days, according to the United Church of Christ’s web site: In what will be his first interview since snippets […]

Church Asks ‘Are Obama and Osama Bros?’

posted by dgilgoff

It must be said up top that the South Carolina Democratic primary is long since over and that Barack Obama won it handily, so God-o-Meter won’t extrapolate too much about this story’s implications for Obama’s campaign going forward, including the […]

McCain Regrets Hagee Endorsement, but Embraces It

posted by dgilgoff

Did anyone else rewind TiVo multiple times yesterday when John McCain discussed his endorsement from John Hagee yesterday on ABC’s This Week? McCain said both that he regretted seeking the endorsement from the Texas-based televangelist, who has a history of […]

Obama’s Values Guy in Pennsylvania

posted by dgilgoff

The Politico reports that Bob Casey, Jr. has assumed an unexpectedly central role in Barack Obama’s campaign as his values guy in Pennsylvania, particularly after Obama’s recent remarks about small town Americans: When Sen. Barack Obama’s remarks about “bitter” Pennsylvanians […]

Santorum Flip Flops On McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Though he vigorously opposed John McCain during the primary, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is backing him today in his Philadelphia Inquirer column: I’ve disagreed with him on immigration, global warming and federal protection of marriage. I’ve taken strong exception […]

Obama Catholic Outreach Failing

posted by dgilgoff

Since losing them two-to-one to Hillary Clinton in Ohio last month, Barack Obama has tried his hardest to win over Catholics. To wit: 1. Obama recently became the first presidential candidate to hire a fulltime Catholic outreach director. 2. Ten […]

Conservatives Warming to McCain?

posted by dgilgoff

Has the conservative opposition–particularly social conservative opposition–to John McCain been overstated? The Politico reports that polls have McCain exactly where George W. Bush was among conservatives at this point during his first White House run: Although John McCain’s candidacy is […]

Poll: McCain Winning Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

Despite unprecedented plays for Catholic support by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a Washington Post/ABC poll this week finds that John McCain has an edge among Catholics over both of his Democratic rivals: John McCain holds a slight edge over […]

Passover Wishes From Clinton

posted by dgilgoff

She’s the first candidate to issue a Passover message: Statement By Hillary Clinton On Passover As Jewish families across the world prepare to gather together around the Seder table, I am delighted to offer greetings and good wishes for a […]

Catholics for Obama Organize Around Pope

posted by dgilgoff

Earlier today, God-o-Meter reported on “Days of Service” being organized by Catholic Barack Obama supporters in cities the pope is visiting. It turns out the events are also happening in two important primary states: Pennsylvania and Indiana. Check out this […]

Christian Right’s Veep Wish List

posted by dgilgoff

Isn’t this stuff usually done a little more behind the scenes? In a press release applauding John McCain for remarks he made this week about the GOP’s pro-life platform, Family Research Council Action released a score card of possible GOP […]

McCain Seizes Pope Visit

posted by dgilgoff

Compared to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who each have fulltime Catholic outreach coordinators and who issued lavish statements of praise for the Pope before his U.S. arrival, John McCain’s Catholic outreach has been decidedly less robust. But McCain is […]

Obama Backers Holding ‘Days of Service’ for Pope Visit

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter got word last night from an Obama campaign source that it’s helping organize “days of service” for Obama supporters in Washington and New York to coincide with the pope’s U.S. visit. Spearheaded by Catholic Obama supporters and including projects […]

Obama’s Defense System on Clinging to Faith

posted by dgilgoff

The key one-two punch from Michael Gerson’s Washington Post op-ed today faulting Obama for looking down his nose at small town, churchgoing Americans: [T]he setback is more than political. One of Obama’s genuine contributions had been a renewed, liberal appreciation […]

McCain (Finally) Welcomes the Pope

posted by dgilgoff

McCain’s statement landed in God-o-Meter inbox at 4:03 PM, long after Obama’s and Clinton’s had arrived. Read their statements, then read his. His is more, um, brief: Pope Benedict’s lifelong dedication to virtue and the authenticity of his principles serve […]

The War, Catholics, and McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Most of today’s New York Times story about the fight for Catholic votes among the presidential candidates consists of warmed-over God-o-Meter posts from recent weeks. But the piece does include a warning to John McCain from Deal Hudson, George W. […]

Where’s McCain on the Pope?

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama issued his welcome to the Pope last night. Hillary Clinton released hers just a few minutes ago: “We are blessed to receive a visit from His Holiness, Pope Benedict, to the United States this week. Not only is […]

Obama First to Welcome Pope

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to issue a statement welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the United States ahead of his arrival tomorrow: On behalf of our family, Michelle and I want to extend our warmest welcome to His […]

Wright Speaks, Sans Fireworks

posted by dgilgoff

After a string of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s recent speaking engagements were cancelled, God-o-Meter wondered whether Barack Obama’s longtime minister had decided to lay low through November. Or, if he did speak publicly again during this election season, whether he’d say […]

Obama’s Catholic Problem In November

posted by dgilgoff

Newsday rehashes the news about Obama’s stepped-up efforts to win Catholics in light of Hillary Clinton’s advantage among those voters, but adds the important point that this isn’t just a primary season problem for Obama: Catholics are among the most […]

Are ‘Compassion Forums’ Relevant?

posted by dgilgoff

Religion Writer, a blogger and frequent God-o-Meter commenter, thought last night’s Compassion Forum with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was “a little dull”: [A]fter all, how much new ground can be covered after the endless months of campaigning? Jon Meacham, […]

Tonight’s Compassion Forum: Where’s McCain?

posted by dgilgoff

Sure, tonight’s Compassion Forum in at Messiah College featuring Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is being sponsored by a progressive group, Faith in Public Life. But the group says John McCain’s decision not to participate is not for lack […]

Religious Obama Backers Proud of Clinging to Faith

posted by dgilgoff

A group of high-profile religious leaders supportive of Barack Obama has just released a letter to Hillary Clinton and John McCain defending Obama’s controversial remarks about small town Americans clinging to faith as a reaction to job losses. We applaud […]

The Authenticity Threat to Obama

posted by dgilgoff

This weekend’s brouhaha over Barack Obama’s comments on what plagues small town Americans threatens to undo much of the candidate’s groundbreaking work as a Democratic candidate reaching out the religious voters because it raises questions about how he really feels […]

Obama’s Catholic Committee: The Lineup

posted by dgilgoff

After a conference call today announcing the launch of its Catholic National Advisory Council, the Obama camp released the council’s full roster. It’s a long and impressive llist of elected officials, scholars, and activists. The Obama camp is treating Catholics […]

Obama Launches Catholic Council

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter reported last week that the Obama and Clinton campaigns were stepping up their Catholic outreach operations big time in advance of the Pennsylvania primary. GOM just got word that Obama’s team is announcing an official “Catholic Advisory Council” this […]

Cheney Enters Wright Fray

posted by dgilgoff

Interesting to note that the continuing slow drip of Wright criticism from conservatives has created the unusual circumstance of Republicans attacking a religious leader. Public opinions polls show that most Americans share that criticism, so far be it from God-o-Meter […]

Meet Obama’s New Pastor

posted by dgilgoff

The Brody File has posted recent video of Barack Obama’s new pastor, Otis Moss III, who replaced Jeremiah Wright upon his recent retirement. It’s fiery, but not nearly as radioactive as Wright calling America the “U.S. of KKK-A”:If this kind […]

Rev. Wright to Keynote NAACP Event

posted by dgilgoff

So far as God-o-Meter is aware, Jeremiah Wright’s remarks at the 53rd Annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner of the NAACP’s Detroit branch on April 27 will be his first publicly since the uproar over his sermons began a month […]

Talking LGBT, Talking Church

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama advertises himself as the candidate who can transcend deep-seated divisions in our politics and culture, and his interview in today’s Advocate–the gay national news mag–offers a good example of him engaging in that difficult work. In it, Obama […]

McCain’s Pastor Speaks

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is surprised this one hasn’t gotten more attention. The Associated Baptist Press has an interview with John McCain’s longtime pastor that provides the fullest account to date of the senator’s long but complex relationship with the North Phoenix Baptist […]

Top Clinton Supporter Slams Obama on Wright

posted by dgilgoff

To call Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy doesn’t really do his role justice. He’s more like an honorary member of Clinton’s campaign. So when he goes for Barack Obama’s […]

McCain’s Secret Christian Right Outreach Plan

posted by dgilgoff

The Brody File reports that John McCain is readying a so-called “Committee of 50″ religious and conservative leaders as a key component of its evangelical outreach strategy. To which God-o-Meter responds: How’s this different than the (lackluster) religious outreach strategy […]

Obama’s New Pro-Family Ad

posted by dgilgoff

The Hotline reports that Obama’s up with a new Spanish-language radio ad in Philadelphia. Read this translation. Notice the emphasis on faith, family values, and personal struggle. Sounds like a Huckabee ad, doesn’t it? SCRIPT: He was only two years […]

Conservative Catholic Group Applauds Clinton

posted by dgilgoff

Who woulda thunk it? The conservative Catholic League, which my bear more responsibility than any other group for tarnishing John Kerry’s reputation among fellow Catholics during the 2004 campaign, has issued this pro-Clinton press release: KUDOS TO HILLARY CLINTON: BUSH […]

How McCain Can Avoid Another Hagee Gaffe

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times notes today that John McCain’s camp has gone completely silent about its John Hagee endorsement since announcing it in San Antonio in February: The McCain campaign sought Mr. Hagee’s support, Mr. Hagee said in a recent […]

The Elites’ Wright/Obama Doubts

posted by dgilgoff

Weeks have gone by since the Jeremiah Wright brouhaha died down, but Democratic and media elites continue to go public about new Wright-inspired doubts about the Senator. Polls show that this sentiment hasn’t trickled down to ordinary voters, but elites […]

Q&A With Bob Casey, Jr: Obama and Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

Senator Bob Casey, Jr., a Catholic, pro-life Democrat, recently became Barack Obama’s highest-profile backer in the Pennsylvania, which holds its primary later this month. God-o-Meter interviewed Casey on Monday afternoon about Obama’s struggles to win Catholic voters, how to use […]

Super-Delegates Worried Over Wright

posted by dgilgoff

The headline from today’s Wall Street Journal, Obama May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor, is mostly undercut by the article that appears beneath it, which cites polls, voters, and super-delegates who say the Jeremiah Wright flap has not […]

Obama Shirks Gay Press

posted by dgilgoff

Philadelphia Gay News is running its interview with Hillary Clinton on the front page of this week’s edition, right next to the half-page worth of white space where it would have run an interview with Barack Obama, if only he’d […]

The Coming Wright Ads

posted by dgilgoff

Think the Jeremiah Wright controversy is behind Barack Obama and that he’s weathered the storm? Don’t be so naive. Bill Kristol lays out the threat of Wright-themed attack ads from McCain and his allies in this morning’s New York Times: […]

A ‘Muslim Speech’ for Obama?

posted by dgilgoff

A handful of political/religious/academic leaders have called on Barack Obama to give a so-called “Muslim speech” to make clear that the Senator has nothing against Muslims, even as he continues to dispel the false rumors that he’s Muslim. A worthy […]

Huck’s Late-Breaking Support

posted by dgilgoff

A World Magazine recap of the Christian Right’s stirringly ineffectual performance during the Republican presidential primaries reports that Paul Weyrich, cofounder of the Moral Majority, has admitted that he regrets backing Mitt Romney over Mike Huckabee. Huckabee could have really […]

Obama’s Church Tightens Rules on Press

posted by dgilgoff

The Chicago Tribune has a rundown of the new rules: At a news conference Thursday, Trinity’s leaders laid down the law for reporters who want to cover the church in the future. Permission must be granted on Thursday for reporters […]

New Polls Give Obama Edge Among Faithful

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama’s Faith Outreach Director just sent this email alert about new faith and values polling to Obama’s religious supporters: New polling this week shows that Barack Obama’s character and leadership on American values are having an impact with voters […]

Obama To Join Clinton at Faith Forum

posted by dgilgoff

The Brody File reports that Barack Obama has joined Hillary Clinton in accepting and invitation to the April 13 Compassion Forum in Pennsylvania sponsored by the progressive group Faith in Public Life. McCain was invited, but declined, earning him a […]

Clinton Launches Robust Jewish Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Good old-fashioned shoe leather reporting by the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) turned up a rare thing for this phase of the presidential race: an entirely new religion and politics story. Hillary Clinton has launched a serious Jewish outreach program in […]

The Anti-Mitt for VP Campaign

posted by dgilgoff

TIME’s Swampland reports on an online petition aimed at dissuading John McCain from picking Mitt Romney as his running mate. The effort is reportedly run by a fringe Christian Right group. But God-o-Meter would guess that McCain would improve his […]

Mark Sanford for VP?

posted by dgilgoff

Human Events suggests that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is open to being John McCain’s running mate, even though he didn’t endorse the Arizona senator in the state’s all-important primary earlier this year. In talking to prominent Christian Right activists […]

UCC Launches Post-Wright Ad Campaign

posted by dgilgoff

In the wake of the Jeremiah Wright flap, the United Church of Christ ran this full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times. Because it was prompted by Barack Obama’s longtime minister, the ad could affect him as much as it […]

McCain as Mr. Secular

posted by dgilgoff

He wasn’t always like this. Last year, after Mike Huckabee stirred controversy with an ad that characterized him a “Christian leader,” John McCain released his own Christian ad explaining what the cross meant to him as POW in Vietnam. A […]

Bishop Protests Clinton’s Catholic College Appearance

posted by dgilgoff

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Erie’s Roman Catholic bishop protested Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday visit to a nearby Catholic college. Reminds you of the handful of bishops who challenged John Kerry in 2004 and helped him lose the Catholic vote, doesn’t […]

The Obama Faith Advantage Myth

posted by dgilgoff

Arguing that John McCain needs to step up evangelical outreach big time, David Brody says the Arizona senator will have an easier time winning evangelicals if he’s facing Hillary Clinton rather than Barack Obama: Look, McCain has a bill of […]

Wright Stays Mum

posted by dgilgoff

Even during a special two-hour tribute to him at his church, Trinity UCC. The Chicago Tribune has the story. Can he stay quiet for seven more months?

Tim Roemer, Pro-Lifer for Obama: Q&A

posted by dgilgoff

As Barack Obama ramps up Catholic outreach in advance of the Pennsvylania primary this month, former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer will be one of his key surrogates for Catholic audiences. God-o-Meter caught up with Roemer recently by phone. As a […]

Where’s Obama on Abortion?

posted by dgilgoff

For all his talk about breaking through the partisan gridlock and finding common ground on divisive issues, Obama has hewed to a strictly pro-choice line as a candidate and a public official, as Michael Gerson writes today. For all Obama’s […]

Wright on Delegates’ Minds

posted by dgilgoff

TPM Election Central reports that Hillary Clinton’s chief delegate hunter, Harold Ickes, says the Obama/Wright controversy is a top issue among the party’s very powerful super-delegates. Is he being self-serving? Maybe. Is he correct to warn Democrats that the GOP […]

What the Dobson-McCain Showdown Means

posted by dgilgoff

A couple days after reversing his vow to stay home on Election Day to protest John McCain’s candidacy, Dobson made it clear that he’s not exactly warmed to the Arizona senator. Here’s what he told The Wall Street Journal: I […]

For Obama, More Church Trouble

posted by dgilgoff

The Washington Times reports that Barack Obama’s church was founded on a… 1960s book that espouses “the destruction of the white enemy.” Trinity United Church of Christ’s Web site says its teachings are based on the black liberation theology of […]

Wright’s Toll Revisited

posted by dgilgoff

Recent polls show that Barack Obama suffered little or no lasting damage from the Rev. Wright controversy. Bloomberg says on the ground interviews with white Indiana voters tell a different story: Interviews with dozens of Democrats in this overwhelmingly white […]

McCain and Dobson’s Furtive Courtship?

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain kicked off his Service to America tour yesterday in Mississippi, with an autobiographical speech that he’ll no doubt revisit in coming days as he tries to reintroduce himself to American voters. Considering his overly documented problems with the […]

Who’s Scrubbing Wright, Trinity UCC?

posted by dgilgoff

First Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s public appearances were cancelled. Now his church’s web site has been cleaned up. Kind of Soviet, right? Given Wright’s love of the spotlight, God-o-Meter has a hard time believing that this attempted clean up is a […]

Catholics the New Evangelicals?

posted by dgilgoff

The Dallas Morning News reports on John McCain’s quiet campaign too woo Catholic voters, noting that that the task may be easier for the Arizona senator than mobilizing conservative evangelicals. For all the attention lavished on evangelicals’ role in George […]

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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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