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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 […]

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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?

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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 […]

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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 […]

Democratic Battle for Catholics Intensifies

posted by dgilgoff

In a sign of the intensifying battle for Catholic voters between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, particularly ahead of next month’s Pennsylvania primary, both candidates have brought Catholic outreach coordinators aboard their campaigns, God-o-Meter has learned. Just last week, Obama’s […]

James Dobson’s Invitation to McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s what James Dobson said about John McCain early last month: Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for […]

One in Ten Americans Think Obama’s Muslim

posted by dgilgoff

There’s been some squawking from the chattering classes about the challenge this presents Obama, but God-o-Meter is shocked that so few Americans hold the mistaken belief that Obama is Muslim, given the virulence of the false rumor campaign against him. […]

WIll Wright Stick Around?

posted by dgilgoff

In the current issue of The New Republic, Dayo Olopade makes a convincing case that Rev. Jeremiah Wright won’t be keeping a low-profile all the way through Election Day for a pretty simple reason: he’s too self-absorbed to go so […]

Should the Media Give Wright a Rest?

posted by dgilgoff

Faithful God-o-Meter reader Paul Shiras writes about the Wright/Obama controversy: Can we give this a rest? When I challenged my pastor over things he said from the pulpit, I was sanctioned by the church board. Let’s talk about the issues […]

Obama: Would’ve Left Church Over Wright

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview today on The View, Barack Obama said he would’ve left his church had Rev. Jeremiah Wright not retired from the pulpit last year: “Had the reverend not retired and had he not acknowledged that what he had […]

Bridging the Black/White Church Divide

posted by dgilgoff

Responding to a post on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jules writes: “I think Barack Obama has given us a great opportunity to discuss faith and race in America…. the Wright issue underscores how divided we are racially in our Sunday worship.” […]

The Casey Endorsement and Catholic Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Say you’re campaigning for president in Pennsylvania, where Catholics constitute roughly a third of the Democratic electorate, and a Gallup poll shows you badly trailing your rival among Catholic voters. You just lost Catholic voters by nearly two-two-one in Ohio. […]

Obama Not Toning Down Church Talk

posted by dgilgoff

So you thought that the brouhaha over Jeremiah Wright–the biggest crisis of his campaign till now–would have Obama dialing back some of his church talk? It’s not happening. On his first day back on the campaign trail after vacation, Obama […]

‘God damn America': Audio and Transcript

posted by dgilgoff

Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News Religion Blog.

Catholics Hold Key to Pennsylvania Primary

posted by dgilgoff

The Associated Press reports on the strenuous Catholic outreach efforts of the Clinton and Obama campaigns in Pennsylvania. Catholics make up 30-percent of the population there and may be the biggest factor in determining whether Clinton wins big and survives […]

New Poll: No ‘Rev. Wright Toll’ Among Dems

posted by dgilgoff

Last week, God-o-Meter cited Gallup’s daily tracking poll as evidence that the Jeremiah Wright controversy was a drag on Barack Obama’s poll numbers. But a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that the damage is not lasting, with Obama […]

The Charitable Obamas

posted by dgilgoff

The Chronicle of Philantrophy reports that the Obamas gave $240,000 to charity last year. The Chronicle doesn’t say how much of their salary that represents, but reports that the couple gave 5-percent or more in 2005 and 2006: The Obamas […]

Rev. Wright Cancels Public Appearances

posted by dgilgoff

And not just one or two. How long can “security concerns” be blamed for the cancellations? If Obama wins the nomination, will Wright forego public speaking till Election Day? Inauguration Day? Longer than that? From the Associated Press: The Rev. […]

Clinton Hits Obama on Rev. Wright

posted by dgilgoff

It took nearly two weeks and an uproar over her misstatements about a 1996 trip to Bosnia, but Hillary Clinton finally weighed in on the Obama/Wright controversy yesterday, in a long interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, […]

Clinton’s Huge Lead Among White Churchgoers

posted by dgilgoff

Fresh evidence of Hillary Clinton’s huge lead among white religious voters over Barack Obama from the Mother of all Public Opinion Polls, Gallup: While the candidates run about evenly among Jewish Democrats, Clinton does better among Catholic Democratic voters, leading […]

Doug Kmiec’s Inbox

posted by dgilgoff

In the day after endorsing Barack Obama, conservative Catholic legal scholar Doug Kmiec says he received several hundred email responses, with four in five of them applauding his decision. Four of those responses provide insight into the betrayal felt by […]

Clinton Joins Pennsylvania Faith Forum

posted by dgilgoff

From Faith in Public Life’s press release: Senator Clinton Accepts Invitation to Bipartisan Presidential Compassion Forum Religious leaders from across the ideological spectrum are pleased to announce today that Senator Clinton has confirmed that she will participate in an unprecedented […]

Kmiec’s Obama Endorsement: What He’s Thinking

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter called legal scholar Douglas Kmiec, former counsel to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, conservative Catholic, and, until recently, an advisor to Mitt Romney, to discuss his endorsement of Barack Obama. Here’s the exchange: In endorsing Obama, you said […]

Can McCain Be Christian Right’s Savior?

posted by dgilgoff

Reader Paul Shiras writes: When the “Chosen” Right-wing Republicans controlled the Senate, House and the White House, they did nothing! Don’t expect that McCain, who is no different on the religious issues than Obama or Clinton, will be a Savior. […]

The Christian Right Fears Obama

posted by dgilgoff

A handful of Christian Right activists have told God-o-Meter that Barack Obama will be much more difficult to demonize among religious conservatives than Barack Obama. You can smell that fear in an email briefing that Focus on the Family Action […]

Carville Defends Calling Richardson “Judas”

posted by dgilgoff

Video here.

Clinton Camp Responds to “Judas” Charge

posted by dgilgoff

Clinton campaign communications director Howard Wolfson just said on a conference call that it’s up to James Carville if he wants to apologize for calling Bill Richardson “Judas,” but said that he would if he were Carville: You’ll have to […]

Trinity UCC’s New Blog

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama’s church, Trinity UCC in Chicago, launched a new blog last week to defend itself in the firestorm over its longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It’s called “The Truth About Trinity United Church of Christ”

Obama’s Church Keeps it Fiery

posted by dgilgoff

Rev. Wright may have retired, but Trinity’s UCC’s new pastor isn’t staying mum amid the Wright/Obama controversy, alleging for the second Sunday in a row that the church has been subject to a “crucifixion.” From the AP: The new pastor […]

Obama Says He Has Challenged Wright

posted by dgilgoff

In a radio interview taped Friday for broadcast today, Barack Obama offered a new argument in response to criticisms that he didn’t denounce Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s most incendiary comments at the time they were spoken. Obama says in the interview […]

Huckabee Defends Wright and Obama

posted by dgilgoff

And plays down the effect the whole controversy will have come November, nothing that “this is March, this is not October.” (John Heilemann at New York magazine offers a contrary theory, noting that clips of Wright, Michelle Obama saying that […]

James Carville: Richardson = Judas

posted by dgilgoff

Just because the Democrats have become a lot more open about citing the Bible doesn’t mean all the references are positive. Here’s James Carville, longtime advisor to the Clintons, reacting New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s Obama endorsement in the New […]

Conservative Catholic Backs Obama

posted by dgilgoff

This isn’t the first time Douglas Kmiec–prominent legal scholar, former Catholic University dean, advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, legal counsel to 2 Republican presidents–has made positive noises about Barack Obama. But Kmiec went so far as to formally endorse […]

Wright’s Toll

posted by dgilgoff

More evidence that the Wright controversy is pulling down Barack Obama’s poll numbers: the Gallup daily tracking poll now shows Hillary ahead for the first time in a month: Obama’s campaign has been plagued by controversial remarks made by his […]

Drafting Obama’s Speech

posted by dgilgoff

In drafting a major address, it’s not uncommon for Barack Obama to assemble a circle of outside advisors or pick the brains of scholars and experts in one-on-one phone calls. But for yesterday’s big speech responding to the Jeremiah Wright […]

More Evidence of Black/White Divide?

posted by dgilgoff

A reader responds to the new minister at Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama’s church, using the word “crucifixion” to describe the media’s treatment of Rev. Jeremiah Wright: If atheists compared harsh criticism to the Crucifixion, I’d take it […]

Obama’s Big Admission

posted by dgilgoff

It was a long speech, but for the purposes of cable news, Barack Obama’s speech came down to these lines: “Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I […]

Has Obama Shifted Debate to His Own Terms?

posted by dgilgoff

It’s no suprise that Barack Obama’s speech today from Philadelphia, billed as a major address on race and politics, was really a lot more about church and faith. Obama struck a middle course with the speech, refusing to totally disavow […]

Family Reseach Council Pressures McCain

posted by dgilgoff

You read it hear first. Last week, God-o-Meter reported that Connie Mackey, lobbyist for Family Research Council Action–the political arm of what’s likely the strongest Christian Right group in the beltway–was calling on John McCain to promise that he wouldn’t […]

The Line From Trinity

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just sent an email query to Barack Obama’s church–Trinity UCC in Chicago–about the controversy over retired Rev. Jeremiah Wright and thought the reply message was worth sharing. It’s a form email sent to members of the media, but it’s […]

Obama’s Church Cites Media ‘Crucifixion’

posted by dgilgoff

If you thought Barack Obama’s Chicago church would try to lay low in hopes that the controversy over the video-taped sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright would soon pass, you thought wrong. The church’s new minister struck back during Sunday’s services, […]

Rev. Wright Leaves Obama Camp

posted by dgilgoff

And God-o-Meter didn’t even know Wright served Obama in an official capacity (it might have been more a ceremonial position than anything else). Politico has the story. God-o-Meter is lowering its needle for obvious reasons.

Obama Would Have Left His Church?

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama has just responded to the flap over the videos of Jeremiah Wright’s controversial and racially-charged sermons with statements to the Huffington Post and Christian Broadcasting Network. (When’s the last time a Democratic candidate chose those two outlets as […]

Why There Was No Outcry Over Hagee/Bush

posted by dgilgoff

A week ago, God-o-Meter asked why there was no outcry over John Hagee’s endorsement of George W. Bush during his 2000 run for president, given all the controversy kicked up by Hagee’s John McCain endorsement, particularly over the evangelist’s harsh […]

Obama Camp: Now that Rev. Wright’s Retired…

posted by dgilgoff

ABC News has dug up more video of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Most Controversial Sermons, including one from 2003 in which Wright says this about the plight of blacks in the United States: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger […]

Jeremiah Wright’s Revenge?

posted by dgilgoff

With a racially charged video of Barack Obama spiritual advisor Jeremiah Wright making waves today, lots of folks are asking, what was he thinking? The video features Wright giving a sermon from last December. “Barack knows what it means living […]

The GOP’s Platform/Nominee Conflict

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter spoke today with Connie Mackey, vice president of FRCAction, the legislative action arm of the Family Research Council, about John McCain’s chances with evangelicals. She said there was “very little” communication from McCain to Christian Right groups like FRC. […]

Obama’s Evangelical Appeal: Where’s the Evidence?

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody says John McCain’s chances with evangelicals will slide further south if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee: Let The Brody File state it here first. The McCain camp WILL have some work to do to make sure Evangelicals […]

McCain Steps Up Anti-Catholic Rebuke

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, John McCain went further than he had previously in acknowledging John Hagee’s controversial statements on Catholicism: “We’ve had a dignified campaign, and I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor […]

After Hagee, McCain Trumpets Catholic Support

posted by dgilgoff

And you thought the McCain camp was hoping the Catholic blowback from John Hagee’s endorsement would just blow over. Today, McCain rolled out his bigger and better National Catholics for McCain Committee. It’s been around for a while, but the […]

Clinton Wins Ohio’s Democratic Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

More evidence that Hillary Clinton enjoys a serious edge over Barack Obama among white evangelicals, from a new poll of Ohio primary voters by Faith in Public Life: Senator Hillary Clinton’s support from white evangelicals surpassed that of Senator Barack […]

Why No Outcry Over Hagee’s Bush Endorsement?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter was just paging through Sarah Posner’s new book God’s Profits and noticed that the very first chapter opens with a quote from John Hagee’s endorsement of George W. Bush for president in 2000. God-o-Meter proceeded to enter the words […]

Pelosi Whacks Hagee Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

The Huffington Post reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who it notes is the “most prominent Catholic serving in the U.S. government,” is the latest public figure to call on John McCain to reject John Hagee’s endorsement because of the […]

McCain’s Big Test Today

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain faces a big test with his party’s activist base today when he makes his first appearance before the Council for National Policy, a coalition of hundreds of conservative activists that includes such prominent names as Focus on the […]

Obama Reacts First to Jerusalem Attack

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to react to today’s news that an attack on Jewish seminar in Jerusalem had left at least 7 dead: I strongly condemn this cowardly and outrageous attack. The United States must strongly support […]

McCain Given a Pass on Hagee?

posted by dgilgoff

The American Prospect’s FundamentaList is calling for NBC’s Tim Russert to ask John McCain if he’ll reject the endorsement of controversial evangelist John Hagee, just as he asked Barack Obama if he’d reject Louis Farrakhan’s support at a recent debate: […]

Video: John Hagee’s Controversial Pronouncements

posted by dgilgoff

Courtesty of Talking Points Memo TV.

McCain’s New Round of Christian Right Outreach Greeted Skeptically

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s campaign has begun quietly reaching out to conservative Christian activists, including onetime Mike Huckabee supporters, but those activists remain highly skeptical of the Arizona senator and his ability to rally the GOP’s evangelical base in November. “I was […]

God to Huck: Not Now

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just got off the phone with a prominent evangelical Mike Huckabee supporter who said Huck was telling friends last night that the message God was sending him with regards to his White House ambitions was, “not yet.” Huck echoed […]

The Hagee Effect: Scaring Off Evangelicals?

posted by dgilgoff

In light of all the flack John McCain is catching over his endorsement from John Hagee, God-o-Meter was curious as to just how much Hagee’s voice matters in the evangelical world. So it rang D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University sociologist […]

Catholic League Issues 8th McCain/Hagee Attack

posted by dgilgoff

Another day, another press release from the conservative Catholic League insisting that John McCain renounce his endorsement from John Hagee: In February, 2000, presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain’s campaign staff made phone calls to prospective voters in Michigan reminding the […]

In Ohio, Democratic Church Vote Murky

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton has won Ohio, basically a microcosm of the United States. She swept Protestant and Catholic voters there, while Obama won the unchurched and “other Christians.” At the same time, exit polls showed that Obama won weekly and monthly […]

Ohio Values Voters a Mixed Bag for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

In Ohio, John McCain finally beat out Mike Huckabee to win pro-lifers, 56-percent to 36-percent. And yet McCain still lost evangelicals to Huck, 49-percent to 43-percent. That’s nearly half the Ohio electorate. McCain was able to compensate through a landslide […]

McCain Loses Texas Evangelicals Big

posted by dgilgoff

McCain lost Texas evangelicals to Mike Huckabee 49-percent to 39-percent. It appears that McCain’s born again troubles have only worsened since Super Duper Tuesday a month ago. When does he launch his evangelical turnaround effort?

Texas Pro-Lifers Against McCain

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain won Texas tonight, and the Republican nomination. Mike Huckabee is giving his concession speech right now. And yet remarkably, even with Huckabee an asterisk in this race long before today’s primary results started coming in, he tied John […]

Dallas Morning News: God-o-Meter, not Obama, Blameworthy

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is catching more flack for its post yesterday on Obama and the false Islam rumors and whether he’s made himself more susceptible to them. Here’s The Dallas Morning News’ Jeffrey Weiss: [W]hile I like a lot of Daniel’s [aka […]

Huff Post Editor: Obama Not Blameworthy for False Rumors

posted by dgilgoff

Nico Pitney, National Editor at The Huffington Post, emails God-o-Meter to take issue with yesterday’s post on whether Obama has made himself more vulnerable to false rumors about him being Muslim by playing down his actual experiences with Islam as […]

Calls for Hagee Denouncement Mount

posted by dgilgoff

On Friday, when the story broke that Catholic groups were furious with John McCain over his embrace of John Hagee’s endorsement, God-o-Meter wondered whether the story had legs. It turns out that it does, and not just because the Democratic […]

DNC Takes Third Swing at Hagee

posted by dgilgoff

The Democrats clearly think they’ve got a big one here. The Democratic National Committee is taking its third big swing at John Hagee’s endorsement of John McCain, following up on its Friday and Sunday denouncements over Hagee’s controversial statements about […]

A Mass Jewish ‘Barack-Lash’

posted by dgilgoff

How threatening is Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s warning that Jewish voters would make “a mass movement toward Sen. McCain” if Barack Obama is seen to clinch the nomination in tomorrow’s big primaries? Hikind, whom today’s New York Post describes as […]

Has Obama Made Himself Vulnerable to False Rumors?*

posted by dgilgoff

Last week saw Barack Obama’s enemies begin to exploit the previously latent “Muslim factor” against him, with Hillary Clinton aides reportedly feeding the Drudge Report a photo of Obama in Somali garb and a conservative radio host repeatedly invoking Obama’s […]

Obama’s Purpose-Driven Worldview

posted by dgilgoff

The Obama campaign called it a “groundbreaking moment for faith and politics… the first time a Democratic candidate has participated in a forum like this with Hispanic Evangelicals.” The forum was a meeting between Barack Obama and 200 Hispanic evangelical […]

Democrats Protesting Too Much?

posted by dgilgoff

The Democratic Party shows no sign of letting up in its campaign to shame John McCain for accepting the endorsement of John Hagee, the Texas evangelist who’s had some very unkind words for Catholics. God-o-Meter wonders whether, in continuing to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian Right Foes for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Shortly after God-o-Meter finished its post about how well John McCain’s endorsements from the socially liberal Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger would go over with the GOP’s Christian Right base, it got an email trumpeting John Danforth’s endorsement of the […]

Rove on Huck’s Evangelical-Only Appeal

posted by dgilgoff

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove echoes what God-o-Meter has been saying since Iowa: Mike Huckabee’s hefty evangelical support ain’t strong enough to carry him to the nomination. Here’s what Rove says about some of the “old rules” […]

Rudy, Arnold, and the Religious Right

posted by dgilgoff

McCain’s endorsements from Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger may win him more moderate Republicans and Independents (was McCain really suffering in that department?) but they’re sure to turn off to the Religious Right, which had recently shown signs of warming […]

Huck: Mitt’s Evangelical Spoilier

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody’s right. If it weren’t for Huckabee denying him a decent share of the evangelical vote, Romney would probably be the GOP frontrunner: Huckabee caught fire in Iowa and took crucial votes away from Romney. It left Romney with […]

Hillary’s Baptist Address–and Faith Resume

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton spoke today to the National Baptist Convention of America , a meeting of the country’s four largest black Baptist denominations, and emailed her speech to religious supporters. A few excerpts are below. And be sure to keep reading […]

Upon Exit, Advocating for Poor

posted by dgilgoff

John Edwards is dropping out of the presidential race today.On CNN, Jessica Yellin is reporting that Edwards phoned Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday to urge them to make fighting poverty, his signature issue, and important part of their campaigns. […]

McCain’s Catholic Support

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just got this memo on John McCain’s Catholic support in Florida from John Rankin, communications director for Sam Brownback’s presidential campaign, who’s been helping McCain with outreach to religious conservatives: McCain Wins Florida Catholic Vote by Ten Points Wins […]

McCain Loses Florida Pro-Lifers

posted by dgilgoff

Pro-Lifers are the bedrock of the GOP. They were the activist base that turned George W. Bush’s razor sharp 2000 win into a clear victory in 2004. John McCain won Florida’s Republican primary tonight but got just one quarter of […]

In Fla., Evangelicals Split Three ways

posted by dgilgoff

CNN just called Florida for John McCain, but something else is also clear now: Huck’s commanding lead among evangelicals, which carried him to victory in Iowa less than one month ago–has evaporated. According to exit polls, four in ten Floridians […]

Preachers Pony Up for Huck

posted by dgilgoff

The first three graphs from Bible Belt Blogger say it all: ORLANDO, Fla. — A televangelist under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee turned a national ministers’ gathering last week into a fundraising opportunity for Mike Huckabee, reportedly helping […]

Is Terrorism a Values Issue?

posted by dgilgoff

For a long time, God-o-Meter thought the battle against Islamic terrorism could become a “values issue” among evangelicals, joining abortion and gay marriage in the hot button bucket. That’s how God-o-Meter made sense of all those polls showing Rudy Giuliani–Mayor […]

Romney’s Evangelical Failure?

posted by dgilgoff

In reporting about Romney’s ties to Mormon Church Gordon Hinckley, who died this weekend, The Politico points out that it introduces the Mormon factor for the 1,627th time in the race. True enough. But Politico gets it wrong in making […]

The Latino Evangelical Factor

posted by dgilgoff

The Chicago Tribune has a profile today of Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling him one of a “new generation of evangelical kingmakers on the political scene.”: Fearing the loss of a constituency that helped […]

Former Christian Coalition Chief Backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Another member of the Christian Right elite for Mitt Romney. From the campaign’s press release announcing the endorsement of former Christian Coalition executive director Randy Tate: “In his four years as Governor of Massachusetts, I was impressed by Mitt Romney’s […]

McCain Disses Alito

posted by dgilgoff

Just when McCain has begun tasting the fruits of his efforts to repair relations with religious conservatives, The Wall Street Journal has him dissing Sam Alito. He’s the Supreme Court justice that wrote James Dobson a thank you note after […]

Romney vs. Dobson. Both Sides Win.

posted by dgilgoff

So there’s a public rift between the Romney campaign and Focus on the Family Action over a comment in Focus’s recent video voter guide that the Mormon Mitt Romney has acknowledged he’s not a Christian, right? Actually, according to God-o-Meter’s […]

Romney Camp: Dobson’s Group Wrong on Mormonism

posted by dgilgoff

The Romney camp says a Focus on the Family video in which a top organizational official says Mitt Romney “has acknowledged that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and I appreciate his acknowledging that” has its facts wrong, according to […]

Obama Stops By Another Evangelical Church

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama spoke this morning at the Harvest Cathedral, an evangelical church in Macon, Georgia. You can read a spirited local debate about his appearance here. In God-o-Meter’s humble opinion, it’s these kinds of appearances, matched with Hillary Clinton’s reluctance […]

Religious Voters Back Obama

posted by dgilgoff

As far as religiosity goes, Barack Obama’s South Carolina victory tonight cut across all lines; he won both among weekly churchgoers and those who seldom or never attend church. But Obama fared best among those who attend church most often. […]

A Romney Endorsement from Dobson?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter wrestled over whether to file this post under Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee and settled on the latter for two reasons. First, it couldn’t pass up the rare opportunity to lower the rating of the sole candidate to score […]

McCain: Conservatives = Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain, erstwhile scourge of evangelical Christians, now thinks evangelicals and conservative Republicans are synonymous–and that he’s back in their good graces. Check out McCain’s response to Brian Williams’s question about his low standing in the GOP base during last […]

More on Ron Paul’s Interview

posted by dgilgoff

Outspokenly against the war and out of step with his party on much else–his support for tying American currency to the gold standard or for abolishing the Department of Education, for example–Ron Paul is typically portrayed as the libertarian bomb […]

Beliefnet’s Ron Paul Interview

posted by dgilgoff

Here it is, a few days later than promised: God-o-Meter’s sit-down with Ron Paul. GOM has to run, but will have more to say on this later. Suffice it to say that Paul’s rating will go up. One quick nugget: […]

Huckabee’s Squishy Evangelical Support

posted by dgilgoff

A new Beliefnet online poll finds that Mike Huckabee is the leading Republican contender among evangelicals, but not by much. View God-o-Meter’s story on the poll here and complete results here. Sure, Huck got 28-percent of evangelical support, but McCain […]

In Fla., Major Christian Right Gets for Mitt

posted by dgilgoff

For a few days there, it seemed to God-o-Meter that Mitt Romney, after winning the Michigan primary on his economic message and placing fourth in South Carolina because of anemic evangelical support, was deemphasizing religious conservative outreach. Over at Townhall, […]

New McCain Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Guess who John McCain’s new web ad is meant to appeal to–fiscal conservatives, defense conservatives, or religious conservatives? God-o-Meter will give you a hint: it features Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, and Tom Coburn all saying nice things about him.

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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 ...

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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