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A Post-Election Chat with Ralph Reed

posted by dgilgoff

Amid today’s talk that Barack Obama has narrowed the God Gap, God-o-Meter checked in with Ralph Reed, who spearheaded religious outreach for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns and who pioneered such outreach for Republicans as executive director of […]

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Palin’s Future: Christian Right Poster Girl and Uniter?

posted by dgilgoff

In Alaska today, Sarah Palin indulged reporters on the subject of her future political should McCain lose the election. Here’s what she said: “You know, if there is a role in national politics, it won’t be so much partisan,” she […]

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Dole’s “Godless” Ad and McCain’s Reluctance to Attack on Faith

posted by dgilgoff

The “Godless” ad that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole is running against her Democratic challenger in North Carolina is a stark reminder that faith-based attacks have been kept to a relative minimum in the presidential race. It’s also a reminder, to […]

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McCain’s Christian Lit: All Hot Button Issues

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody has the scoop on Christian lit the McCain camp is distributing to churches across the country. The document is framed as a voting guide to the hot button social issues: abortion, gay marriage, judges, sex education, school choice. […]

The GOP’s God Gap, Take 3

posted by dgilgoff

Notice how so much political reporting these days about the future of the Republican Party is about the God Gap between religious conservatives and the rest of the party? Much of it hinges on the fact that Sarah Palin has […]

More Evidence of GOP’s God Gap: The Fight for RNC Chair

posted by dgilgoff

Like God-o-Meter said yesterday, the GOP’s God Gap problem is not necessarily that the party’s religious conservatives and more secular moderates are drifting further apart. It’s that there’s a shortage of figures who can unify those two wings going forward. […]

Who Can Bridge the GOP’s God Gap?

posted by dgilgoff

A reader, Mark G, responds to God-o-Meter’s New York Daily News piece about the growing God Gap between religious conservatives and the more secular establishment of the Republican Party: This post does not provide any solid reason to think the […]

McCain Adds “Americans of Faith” Page to Web Site

posted by dgilgoff

Months after rolling out pages for “American Indians for McCain and “Arab Americans for McCain,” the McCain camp has added an “Americans of Faith” page to its web site. Not much to the page, just short explanations–none more than 105 […]

Huck Hawks Bumper Stickers, Not McCain

posted by dgilgoff

It’s 8 days before Election Day and the GOP’s pastor-in-chief, Mike Huckabee, is emailing constituents with a fundraising pitch that’s silent on the party’s presidential nominee, not a good sign for McCain: I want you to help me reach our […]

There’s A New God Gap Growing – Inside The GOP

posted by dgilgoff

This piece originally ran at New York Daily News online: In the 2004 election, the pattern of religious voters supporting George W. Bush and secular voters backing John Kerry was so stark that it introduced a new term to the […]

The God Gap Over Palin

posted by dgilgoff

A reader, gmo2, responds to one of God-o-Meter’s recent observations: “It strikes God-o-Meter that the firestorm of Palin criticism from elites–both liberal and conservative–is not fueled by Palin’s apparently Biblical worldview but by the fact that that worldview appears to […]

New Conservative TV Ad on Judges

posted by dgilgoff

The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network is running this ad in Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Like a video released a few weeks ago by the conservative Catholic group Fidelis, the ad tells voters that there are more important […]

The Dobson Palin Interview: the Christian Victimization Card

posted by dgilgoff

Listen to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson’s brand new radio interview with Sarah Palin here. Dobson says he’s praying for a miracle on Election Day, a thinly-veiled prayer for a McCain/Palin victory. What most struck God-o-Meter about the […]

Palin Grants Interview to Focus on the Family’s James Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

From CNN’s Political Ticker: While in Colorado Springs, the Alaska governor sat down for an interview with influential “Focus on the Family” founder James Dobson, who has long been critical of McCain but said in August that the selection of […]

Powell Speaks to Growing GOP Divide on Religion

posted by dgilgoff

A lot of what Colin Powell said was troubling him about his Republican Party during his Meet the Press appearance had to do with the ascent of religious conservatives. And nothing represents that ascent so starkly as Sarah Palin. Here’s […]

Getting Hard to Tell Which Party Wears Faith on Sleeve

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter was reading an interview today with a certain prospective vice president and was surprised to hear the candidate’s answer to a question about faith: I haven’t really worn it on my sleeve. I haven’t been out there preaching it. […]

Joe the Plumber’s Born Again Perspective

posted by dgilgoff

Even after years of reporting on religion in politics, God-o-Meter is always taken by how often a random voter turns out to be deeply influenced by his faith, and how often those voters hail from the born again tradition. Take […]

Can McCain Keep Quiet on Connecticut Legalizing Gay Marriage?

posted by dgilgoff

Steve Waldman noted this week that Same-sex marriage is nowhere near the front-burner issue it was in 2004, when it might have tipped the election to George W. Bush. Today’s ruling from the Connecitcut Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage there […]

Huck, Culture Warrior

posted by dgilgoff

Remember back to the Republican primaries, when Mike Huckabee campaigned as a new kind of evangelical candidate, adding issues like the environment, education, and poverty to the hot-button agenda of God, guns, and gays? That big-tent Huck seems to be […]

New Fidelis Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Marriage Video

posted by dgilgoff

Check out this new election video emphasizing pro-life, anti-gay marriage positions from the conservative Catholic group Fidelis. The New York Times reports that the video, which implies support for the Republican ticket, has been posted by Catholic churches across the […]

More Worldview Talk from Sarah Palin

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has proposed that when Sarah Palin uses the term “world view” she means biblical worldview. Here’s how she used the phrase in last night’s debate: But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. […]

Sarah Palin as Harriet Miers Redux

posted by dgilgoff

Sarah Palin’s selection has split the Republican Party between the religious conservatives and everyone else, evoking the failed nomination of the evangelical Harriet Miers (right) to the Supreme Court three years ago. That split was more visible than every this […]

Richard Cizik: Evangelical Requests to Meet With McCain Unanswered

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter caught up this week with Richard Cizik, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, the nation’s largest evangelical organization. Cizik made news earlier in the week in Colorado Springs for questioning whether John McCain was a “principled person” […]

Falwell’s GOTV Plan in Virginia

posted by dgilgoff

A new NBC News poll puts Obama within 3 points of McCain in increasingly purple Virginia. But Virginian/McCain backer Jerry Falwell has a plan to get his 10,500 Lynchburg-based students to the polls: To make sure students don’t have any […]

Is ‘World View’ Code for ‘Christian World View?’

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter first noticed it around the time of Rick Warren’s Saddleback Civil Forum John McCain and Barack Obama last month, when Warren talked about wanting to get a sense of the candidates’ “world views.” World view. It’s certainly not a […]

Washington Post Cartoon Targets Palin’s Faith

posted by dgilgoff

The Washington Post has printed this cartoon poking fun of Sarah Palin’s former Pentecostalism. Brody has the understandably indignant response from the Assemblies of God. Update:A reader notes that it was washingtonpost.com, not the paper’s print edition, that carried the […]

Are Younger Evangelicals Cool to McCain/Palin

posted by dgilgoff

The AP is reporting that Sarah Palin isn’t the hit among younger evangelicals that she is among their parents. It cites some anecdotal evidence from interviews, but there are some big caveats: Polls have yet to measure the Palin Effect […]

God-o-Meter on Video: Is McCain/Palin Slighting the Christian Right?

posted by dgilgoff

Palin’s Abortion Answer Pleases Christian Right–and Independents

posted by dgilgoff

How is possible for Sarah Palin appealing to the Christian Right and independent voters at the same time? Check out the final installment of her Charlie Gibson interview. GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed? PALIN: […]

McCain/Palin Muddy Waters on Stem Cell Research

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain is out with a new ad pledging more federal dollars or stem cell research: ANNCR: They’re the original mavericks. Leaders. Reformers. Fighting for real change. John McCain will lead his Congressional allies to improve America’s health. Stem cell […]

Sarah Palin and Rick Warren Chat by Phone

posted by dgilgoff

Sarah Palin and Rick Warren are chatting by phone, though it’s unclear who initiatived. Warren seems less happy than ever with Obama, while still claiming to be above partisan politics.

Is Sarah Palin a Victim of Religious Discrimination?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter’s been taken by the Family Research Council’s insistence that the McCain campaign forcefully defend Sarah Palin’s faith in the face of the scrutiny it’s received as of late. GOM first noticed this yesterday and last night Family Research Council […]

Christian Right to McCain: Stand Up for Palin’s Faith

posted by dgilgoff

Just because John McCain picked a socially conservative former Pentecostal as a running mate doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods with the Christian Right just yet. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says he’s gotta stand by his woman […]

Palin Doesn’t Change the God Gap

posted by dgilgoff

McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin hasn’t made white religious voters any more likey to support him, at least not yet, Gallup reports. But religious whites were already supporting him by a more two-to-one margin over Barack Obama–the same margin that […]

It’s Not Just Pro-Lifers Who Like Palin

posted by dgilgoff

The new Rasmussen poll contains more evidence that Sarah Palin has appeal beyond the pro-life crowd: …[F]ollowing a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. ….Perhaps […]

How an Anti-Abortion Candidate Could Win Moderates

posted by dgilgoff

The strategy was audacious on its face. Picking a vice presidential candidate who would energize the GOP’s Christian Right base while also appealing to millions of independent voters, including lots of former Hillary Clinton supporters? Sounded impossible. Gallup is out […]

Dobson Backs McCain/Palin

posted by dgilgoff

Focus on the Family Action sent this around to supporters just before last night’s Palin’s speech: Dr. Dobson: ‘If I Went into the Polling Booth Today, I Would Pull the Lever for John McCain’ ….”A genuine reformer. A deeply committed […]

How the Christian Right May Grow More Undead Still

posted by dgilgoff

The two speakers at tonight’s convention who will vie to lead the GOP in 2012, should John McCain fail this year, are Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. What’s the biggest difference between those two candidates and McCain? It’s that Romney […]

No Meeting Scheduled with Focus for McCain’s Colorado Springs Stop

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times reported this morning that the McCain campaign recently requested a meeting with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. ‘In July, when James C. Dobson, the influential founder of Focus on the Family, said on his […]

More Signs of Christian Right Undeadness

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’ nomination for president once represented the waning of the Christian Right after the high watermark of its influence in 2004. Then Sarah Palin, a darling of the movement, became John McCain’s veep pick. The movement seemed to have […]

Palin’s Record as a Christian Candidate

posted by dgilgoff

Challenging her biographer’s claims that Sarah Palin hasn’t brought faith and values issues into her political campaigning to date, The New York Times reports that Palin campaigned as a Christian candidate even while running for mayor of Wasilla: The traditional […]

God-o-Meter Q&A With Sarah Palin’s Biographer

posted by dgilgoff

There’s been lots of confusion and questions about Sarah Palin’s faith life since John McCain picked her as his running mate last Friday. God-o-Meter caught up with Kaylene Johnson, author of the new book Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned […]

The Very Christian Republican National Convention

posted by dgilgoff

So you thought the Democratic National Convention was Christian, with its kickoff interfaith gathering, its caucuses for people of faith, and its closing benediction by an evangelical church megachurch pastor, was drenched in faith? You ain’t seen nothing yet. God-o-Meter […]

McCain/Palin to Rally in Colorado Springs

posted by dgilgoff

It now appears that John McCain is zealously courting the Christian Right. The latest sign: he and Sarah Palin have scheduled a rally in Colorado Springs, CO, capital of the evangelical universe, for this Saturday. and/but: God-o-Meter spoke to a […]

God, guns, gays: a Republican Distraction?

posted by dgilgoff

Bob Herbert writes this about Sarah Palin in today’s today’s New York Times: Here’s the deal: Palin is the latest G.O.P. distraction. She’s meant to shift attention away from the real issue of this campaign — the awful state of […]

Reports of Christian Right’s Demise Were Greatly Exaggerated

posted by dgilgoff

Remember all those stories earlier this year about the Christian Right’s waning influence, about how James Dobson and his crowd were on the way out and had been marginalized by their own political allies, the Republicans? That John McCain, who […]

Why Palin’s Post-Denominational Christianity is an Asset

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter asserted last week that McCain veep pick Sarah Palin is Catholic. It seems that Palin was baptized a Catholic after birth but was baptized into the Assemblies of God as a teenager and that she now attends an Assemblies […]

Christian Right Rallies to Palin Over Pregnant Daughter. Will Rank and File Follow?

posted by dgilgoff

Thought the news that McCain’s family values veep pick’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant would dampen support for her from the family values crowd? Hasn’t exactly played out that way. In fact, Christian RIght leaders are applauding Bristol […]

With Palin, the Catholic Wars Heat Up

posted by dgilgoff

Below is a taste of the press release the conservative Catholic group Fidelis released this morning on the Palin announcement. Obama has a Catholic running mate. Now McCain does, too. The fight for Catholics is going to heat up big […]

Palin: Culture Warrior and Bipartisan Peacemaker

posted by dgilgoff

Below is McCain’s statement announcing Sarah Palin as running mate. There’s a big omission: no mention of her being a social conservative, a darling of the Christian Right. Instead, she’s framed as a bipartisan peacemaker. The McCain campaign must figure […]

Family Research Council Action Shocked and Elated Over Palin

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just hung up with Connie Mackey, senior vice president of Family Research Council Action, who is absolutely thrilled at McCain picking Palin. She was also totally stunned. I know that a bunch of conservatives had pushed her name, but […]

Picking Palin, McCain Finally Reaches out to Christian Right

posted by dgilgoff

A lot of people are surprised by McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. God-o-Meter was suprised when Southern Baptist Convention politicla chief Richard Land pushed for her so forcefully in a CBS News interview a […]

Hard Evidence of Christian Conservative Apathy

posted by dgilgoff

A few weeks ago, when spurned McCain booster John Hagee announced at his huge annual “Night for Israel event that he wouldn’t be endorsing another presidential candidate anytime soon, God-o-Meter expresses its amazement. It wondered aloud whether this was a […]

New Poll: Christian Right Gives McCain Tough Choices on Veep

posted by dgilgoff

On the eve of John McCain’s running mate announcement, a new Washington Post poll shows the trouble pro-choice running mate would bring: Choosing Lieberman or someone else who supports abortion rights, such as former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, would be […]

McCain’s Greatest Moral Failure Pays Off

posted by dgilgoff

It wasn’t when he said that life begins at conception without skipping a beat.It wasn’t when he said that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman.It wasn’t even when he answered the question about which Supreme Court […]

On the Difficulties of Getting in Touch with the McCain Campaign

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is glad it’s not the only one who has trouble getting the McCain campaign to return its calls. In response to readers asking why he lavishes so much more attention on Barack Obama, CBN political correspondent/blogger David Brody explains […]

God-o-Meter Exclusive: Ralph Reed Q&A on ’08 Race

posted by dgilgoff

Ralph Reed has been in the news a lot in the last week for helping to promote an Atlanta fundraiser for John McCain on Monday. The Democrats got a lot of mileage out of lashing the Arizona known for his […]

McCain’s Post-Saddleback Bump and the Risks of Clearing Low Bars

posted by dgilgoff

The reviews from Christian Right leaders on John McCain’s Saddleback performance are in, and the Arizona senator gets major props from a crowd that has frequently pilloried him. The Politico prints glowing quotes Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, the Southern […]

McCain’s Surprise Triumph at Saddleback

posted by dgilgoff

Team Obama was depending on John McCain, with a reputation for opting out of discussions about faith and hot-button issues, looking like a fish at a water at last night’s Saddleback Civil Forum (here’s the video). Didn’t happen. Not by […]

With Video, McCain Has Some Evangelicals Believing He’s One of Them

posted by dgilgoff

Tonight’s presidential candidate forum at Rick Warren’s Saddleback church has political pundits and in-the-pews religious voters wondering whether John McCain will finally open up about his personal faith, something his Democratic opponent has been doing for years. But some of […]

Christian Right Flips at McCain’s Pro-Choice VP Comments

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter knew John McCain’s comments about possibly picking pro-choice running mate wouldn’t be taken lightly by the Christian Right. Here’s an email GOM received last night from Family Research Council Action senior vice president Connie Mackey, comparing what McCain said […]

Why Doesn’t Karl Rove Talk About Evangelicals Anymore?

posted by dgilgoff

Karl Rove predicated George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection largely on the campaign’s ability to turn out millions of evangelicals who’d stayed home in 2000. From the December 12, 2001 edition of The New York Times: Karl Rove, President Bush’s top […]

McCain Leaves Door Open to Pro-Choice VP

posted by dgilgoff

This is not going to make the Christian Right happy. Not one bit. Just as the movement’s leaders were starting to warm up to John McCain, after years of being nauseated by him, the Arizona senator goes and sticks his […]

Richard Land’s VP Advice to McCain: Pick Sarah Palin

posted by dgilgoff

It’s not the name you typically hear on the lips of Christian Right heavies leaning on John McCain to pick a rock-ribbed social conservative as a running mate: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But that’s Southern Baptist Convention public policy chief–and […]

McCain Emails ‘Faith Excerpts’ to Wary Christian Leaders

posted by dgilgoff

CBN’s David Brody reports that John McCain is emailing conservative Christian leaders with excerpts from his books detailing McCain’s Christian faith, especially as a young man. Here’s an excerpt: Dear Friends, Many of you have asked about John McCain’s faith. […]

Another Pawlenty-Evangelical Connection

posted by dgilgoff

Another reason Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty could help John McCain with evangelicals, from today’s New York Times: He also carries qualifications important to many conservatives… longtime attendance at a church with a pastor who leads the National Association of Evangelicals […]

McCain Among the Secularists

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Part of Senator John McCain’s constituency can be described as secularist libertarian. The man, after all, is from the West, where that identity has long held a proud place. If there were any question that those folks would figure somewhere in […]

Conservatives to McCain: Bring Up Gay Marriage or We Will

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Neither Senators Barack Obama nor John McCain feel particularly comfortable talking about gay marriage as a campaign issue.”Both have this nuanced ‘On the one hand and on the other hand’ need-to-explain position, and I think that makes it difficult for […]

Would Romney as Veep Further Alienate Evangelicals?

posted by dgilgoff

Evangelicals were famously divided ruing this year’s Republican primaries–the New York Times dubbed it an “evangelical crackup–but the most viscous divisions were between those supporting Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Huck’s evangelical forces saw Romney as the ultimately opportunist, converting […]

Revisiting John Hagee’s Vow Not to Endorse Again

posted by dgilgoff

The American Prospect’s Tapped blogger Sarah Posner takes God-o-Meter to task for a recent post analyzing John Hagee’s vow never to endorse another presidential candidate–and the enthusiastic applause the lined garnered from a packed auditorium of evangelicals. GOM said this […]

Ted Stevens Indictment: Another Turn Off for Values Voters

posted by dgilgoff

The Democrats succeeding in closing the gap among what Democratic National Committee pollster Cornell Belcher calls “values-first voters” from 30 points in 2004 to around 10 points in 2006. It was a major factor behind the Democrats’ congressional takeover. True, […]

Hagee on Presidential Endorsements: Never Again

posted by dgilgoff

At the annual A Night to Honor Israel banquet in Washington on Tuesday night, here’s what spurned televangelist John Hagee told the assembled: What will I say when I’m asked to endorse another presidential candidate? Never Again! According to the […]

In Rare Move, McCain Meets Religious Leader: the Dalai Lama

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain rarely schedules meetings with high profile religious leaders, in stark contrast to George W. Bush–and Barack Obama. But after whacking Obama this afternoon for campaigning among foreigners in Berlin, McCain is trumpeting his one-on-one meeting tomorrow with a […]

Had McCain Been Wooing Dobson?

posted by dgilgoff

James Dobson’s 180-degree turnabout on John McCain has God-o-Meter thinking: has the candidate who’s famously inept on religious outreach seen the light and picked up the phone to call Colorado Springs? Dobson went a lot further than he needed to […]

McCain’s Evangelical Moment?

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain and Barack Obama have accepted invitations to sit down with Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church for public (and open-media) interviews just before next month’s big nominating conventions. David Brody sees the forum as presenting […]

Dobson Might Endorse McCain

posted by dgilgoff

The AP reports: Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings. “I never thought I would hear myself saying […]

Bush’s Stand on Gay Adoption? Take a Wild Guess

posted by dgilgoff

The question of gay adoption has been a back-burner for the Christian Right. Until now, of course. Brody has Family Research Council president Tony Perkins pillorying McCain for his campaign’s recent dialing back of his opposition to gay adoption, which […]

McCain’s Evangelical Problem: It’s All About Turnout

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics’ Mark Silk weighs in on the exchange between God-o-Meter and John Schmalzbauer on whether the Democrats ought to throw in the towel if Obama can’t make some evangelical inroads this fall: As with any dependable voting bloc, the […]

Will McCain Camp Dump Catholic Advisor Under Pressure?

posted by dgilgoff

Catholics United’s call for Catholic author/Republican operative Deal Hudson (pictured) to resign from his advisory role aboard John McCain’s campaign is generating some major news coverage. Catholics United is calling for Hudson’s resignation over allegations that he sexually harassed a […]

McCain’s Latest Christian Right Stumble

posted by dgilgoff

In his interview with The New York Times over the weekend, John McCain took an unequivocal stand against gay adoption, a rare instance of him standing shoulder to shoulder with the Christian Right on a hot button social issue. But […]

The Myth of the Myth of the Evangelical Vote

posted by dgilgoff

The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council’s blog on religion, secularism, and the public square, has a post up claiming that the current war of words between Focus on the Family’s James Dobson and supporters of Barack Obama may […]

McCain’s Uncomfortable Times Interview

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday’s New York Times interview with John McCain covered lots of ground of interest to religious conservatives: his church affiliation, gay adoption, same-sex marriage, and evolution in public schools. And from where the Christian Right sits, he answered correctly on […]

McCain’s New Ad: God’s Children

posted by dgilgoff

No, the ad’s not about “values” issues. It’s about immigration. In it, John McCain calls all immigrants–legal and illegal–“God’s children.” Is this Sam Brownback’s hand at work? Brownback has for years talked about every person–including the unborn–as being a “sacred, […]

Why’s Rove Silent on Evangelicals?

posted by dgilgoff

Analyzing what he calls “Obama’s Brilliant Ground Game” in today’s Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove draws plenty of parallels between the Illinois senator’s burgeoning organization and George W. Bush’s in 2000 and 2004. In revealing some trade secrets from those […]

Joe Lieberman Headlines Event with John Hagee

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics notes that Joe Lieberman is headlining John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel annual Washington banquet next week. Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Sallai Meridor, is also listed as a keynote speaker. So is Hagee himself. Another moment to […]

Evangelicals Rally To McCain While Trying To Prevent Another Like Him

posted by dgilgoff

Last week’s decision by nearly 100 conservative Christian activists meeting in Denver to coalesce around presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain was a major coup for a candidate whose relationship with the Christian Right has been famously stormy. But the […]

Gallup: God Gap Still Wide. GOP Still Benefits.

posted by dgilgoff

Another day, another reminder that the God gap in the electorate heavily favors John McCain, even as Barack Obama screams his faith from the rooftops and McCain wears his close to his vest. A new Gallup poll analysis shows that […]

Will McCain Benefit From Marriage Amendments?

posted by dgilgoff

This morning at 10 Eastern, the Family Research Council plans to unveil the results of a poll that suggests that candidates’ support for state-based constitutional amendments banning gay marriage is a major benefit at the polls. Politico’s Mike Allen has […]

McCain Whacks Obama on Social Issues

posted by dgilgoff

Among the Christian RIght’s chief criticisms of John McCain has been his reluctance to point out differences between himself and Barack Obama on hot button social issues like abortion and gay marriage. A new McCain campaign briefing shows the Arizona […]

McCain Ups Religious Outreach. Evangelicals Up Criticism.

posted by dgilgoff

The Dallas Morning News has the best update in weeks on the McCain camp’s stepped-up religious outreach effort, its scaled-back vision for the role of evangelicals in 2008 as compared to ’04, and the continuing evangelical critique of the whole […]

‘Social Conservatives Warming to McCain’

posted by dgilgoff

Or so says a headline in yesterday’s Washington Times. The evidence? Last week’s powwow of Christian Right activists in Denver. For a more nuanced–and skeptical–take on that meeting’s benefit to McCain, see God-o-Meter.

Family Research Council’s Got McCain’s Back?

posted by dgilgoff

This morning’s Washington Post front pager on John McCain offers a chorus of conservative voices vowing war over changes they expect the presumptive Republican nominee to attempt to engineer in the GOP platform. The one conservative urging calm? The Family […]

The Denver Conclave: How Much of a Turning Point for McCain?

posted by dgilgoff

Writing on Tuesday’s Denver meeting among Christian Right activists, at which said activists vowed to put aside their differences with John McCain and back him in November, David Brody called it a “key turning point” for the Arizona senator. God-o-Meter, […]

Poll: Catholics Split Between McCain, Obama

posted by dgilgoff

A new TIME poll has Catholics splitting between McCain and Obama, with McCain’s 45-44 edge within the margin of error. Another reminder that, for all Barack Obama’s religious outreach prowess and for all John McCain’s religious stumbles, the traditional God […]

In Denver, Christian Right Activists Coalesce Around McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Following up on a TIME account yesterday, CBN’s David Brody has more deets on Tuesday’s Denver meeting among scores of Christian Right activists and their decision to coalesce behind John McCain despite their considerable doubts about him. Channeling meeting attendee/evangelical […]

McCain Camp Denies Rebuffing Billy Graham

posted by dgilgoff

Earlier today, God-o-Meter referenced a pair of posts from blogger George Archibald alleging that this weekend’s meeting between John McCain and Billy and Franklin Graham came after McCain had rebuffed an earlier offer to meet with Billy Graham from an […]

McCain’s Billy Graham Visit: New Chapter or Crisis Management?

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain sojourned to Billy Graham’s mountaintop cabin in North Carolina yesterday for a 45-minute meeting with the Reverend and his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. Although the Grahams declined to issue endorsements for McCain, the New York Times reports that […]

McCain (Finally) Backs California Marriage Amendment

posted by dgilgoff

It’s been a month and a half. The Brody File reports that John McCain has finally responded in a big way to the California Supreme Court’s May 15 decision to legalize gay marriage, sending a statement of solidarity to the […]

Dobson Broadcast Footnote: McCain Gets Stung, Too

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

When James Dobson ripped into Barack Obama on his radio program yesterday, his denunciation came through loud and clear in the headlines. But it’s worth noting that the head of Focus on the Family saved a bit of his ire […]

Maybe McCain Doesn’t Need Romney After All

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Among John McCain’s former competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has been most outspokenly supportive. As the God-o-Meter noted, the two men recently traded compliments during a McCain fundraiser in Massachusetts, where Romney served a single-term as governor […]

Could Minnesota’s Pawlenty Help McCain?

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

John McCain is visiting Minnesota this evening, holding a “town hall event” in St. Paul, not terribly far from where he’ll be again when the GOP holds its convention come September. The trip has already stirred up talk of whether […]

Brownback to McCain: Talk About Faith

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, erstwhile presidential candidate, says his choice for president, Senator McCain, needs to talk more about his personal faith. “I think he should,” Brownback tells National Public Radio, “but not just as a way to warm up […]

For Religious Conservatives, McCain’s Values Hide in Plain View

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

The God-o-Meter has sometimes wondered why Senator McCain doesn’t seem to hold the allure for religious conservatives that President Bush has, even though the Arizonan has seemed to stand close to the president on key social issues. And then along […]

Falwell’s Widow Will Vote for McCain

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

As noted from time to time by the God-o-Meter, Senator McCain has not had an easy time of it winning support from conservative evangelical Protestants. So, it certainly can’t hurt him with that electoral segment that he can count on […]

McCain and Romney Campaign Together

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Although it was way overshadowed by the news that Sen. Barack Obama’s top vice presidential search aide had quit, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain spent yesterday campaigning in Massachusetts, the state’s former governor, Mitt Romney, at his side. Romney, of […]

Poll: The Changing Religious Landscape

posted by dgilgoff

Calvin College is out with the results of a new public opinion survey titled “The Religious Landscape and Projected Presidential Vote: Spring 2004 and Spring 2008. Check it out here. God-o-Meter hasn’t sifted through the whole report yet, but some […]

Is Jindal McCain’s Most Likely Veep Pick?

posted by dgilgoff

Veepstakes wise, John McCain’s biggest decision may be whether to pick a social moderate who would appeal to swing voters but alienate the Christian Right–a Charlie Crist or Tom Ridge–or someone who would clearly excite the Christian Right, a Mike […]

God Gap: Same As It Ever Was

posted by dgilgoff

Gallup has released an “Early Road Map to the McCain-Obama Matchup” suggesting that, despite John McCain’s anemic religious outreach, and despite Barack Obama’s unprecedented efforts to win over the faithful (at last count, the Obama camp employed three fulltime faith […]

Exclusive: Interview with Mark DeMoss

posted by dgilgoff

With clients like Focus on the Family, Franklin Graham, and Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark DeMoss may be the most prominent public relations executive in the evangelical world. A former chief of staff to Jerry Falwell, DeMoss became then-presidential candidate […]

Who Are McCain’s Foot Soldiers?

posted by dgilgoff

Writing in The Wall Street Journal today, Karl Rove says the 2008 race will likely be won by the candidate who has the superior ground game. Presidential candidates’ national organizations typically grow to comprise tens of thousands of supporters, mostly […]

Iran as the New ‘Jewish Issue”

posted by dgilgoff

In its wrap of Senator John McCain’s speech yesterday before AIPAC, The Wall Street Journal makes an obvious but important point: The Republican presidential candidate’s speech Monday before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee drew a standing ovation and illustrates […]

A True Christian for Veep

posted by dgilgoff

A pretty prominent religious conservative has started an online petition for the presidential candidates (read: John McCain) to select “a true Christian VP”–someone who has been “spiritually transformed by Jesus Christ (i.e. regenerated or born again).” The effort is being […]

McCain, Jews, Evangelicals, and AIPAC

posted by dgilgoff

For all John McCain’s bungling of religious outreach, particularly with his own party’s social conservative base, no one can accuse him of taking the Jewish vote for granted. He embraces every opportunity to reiterate his firm support for Israel, his […]

Ralph Reed’s Novel-Length Warning to McCain

posted by dgilgoff

The lead from today’s Wall Street Journal story says it all: As the general election approaches, a contentious battle for the Democratic nomination continues right up to the convention between the two remaining candidates. The Republican contender is a military […]

Gay Marriage Spreads. McCain Still Mum.

posted by dgilgoff

Two weeks after the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, The New York Times reports that New York State will begin recognizing gay marriages from California, Massachusetts, and other countries. And because California, unlike Massachusetts, lacks a law preventing gay […]

More Christian Right Fallout for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

When John McCain threw pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley overboard last week, God-o-Meter was struck that both pastors issued statements absent of any ill will toward the presidential candidate. Pretty gracious, thought GOM–would the broader Christian Right be so […]

McCain’s Trump Card with the Christian Right?

posted by dgilgoff

Yes, he upset the Christian Right by throwing John Hagee and Rod Parsley overboard. And by staying quiet on the California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. And by entertaining the possibility of Charlie Crist as his running mate. And […]

Could McCain Pick Tom Ridge?

posted by dgilgoff

Marc Ambinder says the Christian Right’s fears about John McCain picking Charlie Crist as a running mate are misplaced. What the movement really ought to worry about, Ambinder says, is McCain picking pro-choice former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge: I don’t […]

Warnings to McCain on VP Pick

posted by dgilgoff

Like God-o-Meter said last week, one of the potential running mates who John McCain invited to his Arizona ranch over the weekend is not like the others. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney both have major support among Christian […]

McCain’s Religious Outreach: Signs of Life

posted by dgilgoff

While God-o-Meter was making the case that McCain’s pastor-dumping last week was the clearest indication yet of his abysmal religious outreach operation, the McCain camp gave David Brody a story about ramping up is faith-based efforts: Two campaign aides for […]

Why McCain Can’t Avoid Cali Gay Marriage Decision

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain hasn’t said much about the California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage earlier this month. In fact, God-o-Meter’s pretty sure that he personally hasn’t said anything whatsoever about the case, even while campaigning in California. The conventional wisdom […]

In Dumping Pastors, Who Was McCain Responding To?

posted by dgilgoff

Over at Spiritual Politics, Mark Silk notes that there was no great clamoring for McCain to reject John Hagee’s endorsement, especially after Catholic League president Bill Donohue forgave him for his long record of anti-Catholic remarks: One of the odd […]

Christian Right Endorsements: The Reagan Approach

posted by dgilgoff

Like John McCain today, Ronald Reagan had his work cut out in winning over the Christian Right during his 1980 campaign, when a new organization called Moral Majority was mobilizing evangelicals and other conservative Christians in a way not seen […]

McCain’s Latest, Biggest, Religious Stumble: Take 2

posted by dgilgoff

Now John McCain is rejecting Rev. Rod Parsley’s endorsement, too. Like God-o-Meter was just saying just a few hours ago, after McCain finally disowned John Hagee, the Arizona senator is still a novice at religious outreach. So which Christian Right […]

McCain’s Latest, Biggest, Religious Stumble

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s rejection of John Hagee’s endorsement today is the starkest example yet of McCain’s ham handed approach to dealing with the Christian Right and with handling religious matters generally. It’s a striking contrast to era of George W. Bush, […]

McCain’s Growing Pastor Problem?

posted by dgilgoff

This story is getting legs. In March, Mother Jones magazine dug up some anti-Muslim rants of Rev. Rod Parsley, an Ohio-based evangelical minister and rising Christian Right star who campaigned with John McCain at a time when Mike Huckabee was […]

One of These VP Possibilities is Not Like the Other

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s meeting with potential vice presidential runnng mates Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this weekend at his Arizona ranch suggests McCain is sensitive to the Christian Right’s ongoing misgivings about his presumptive nomination and wants to put […]

McCain Rebuffs Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

That’s according to Bob Novak: An invitation for Sen. John McCain to meet with evangelical leader James Dobson at his Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., so far has been rebuffed by the McCain campaign. God-o-Meter doesn’t […]

Rod Parsley’s Other Side

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter recently posted video of John McCain backer Rev. Rod Parsley sermonizing against Islam as “an anti-Christ religion that intends, through violence, to conquer the world.” American Prospect reporter/Christian Right foe Sarah Posner says there’s another controversial side to Parsley, […]

McCain’s Gay Marriage Ban Failed

posted by dgilgoff

As John McCain continues to keep a low profile on the California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dick Polman has a helpful reminder about McCain’s personal experience with gay marriage bans. While the bans have passed […]

Reminder to the GOP on Gay Marriage

posted by dgilgoff

While John McCain and the GOP continue to keep quiet about last week’s California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, the party’s Religious Right base continues to be just bit more exercised over the decision. Here’s popular radio host Dennis […]

McCain’s Catholic Organizing. Any News?

posted by dgilgoff

The Wichita Eagle reports today on Sam Brownback’s role as a Catholic organizer for John McCain. Seems like Brownback is still doing the same macro-level Catholic outreach that God-o-Meter reported on months ago. But GOM caught a whiff of a […]

Hagee’s Holocaust Sermon

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics tipped God-o-Meter off to a Revealer post showcasing a Holocaust-themed sermon from John Hagee, the Texas televangelist and John McCain endorser. Apparently from the 1990s, the sermon has Hagee blaming the Holocaust partly on the Jews and framing […]

Missed Opportunity for McCain? A Bush Veteran Reflects

posted by dgilgoff

After the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in the Golden Gate State last week, God-o-Meter called Gary Marx, a Bush-Cheney ’04 hand who helped lead the campaign’s effort to turn the 2004 legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts to […]

GOP Silent on Gay Marriage Decision

posted by dgilgoff

Marc Ambinder noted yesterday that the Republican Party greeted the California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage with near total silence (except for a statement from second-in-command House Republican Roy Blount that denounced the ruling.) Twenty four hours later, the […]

McCain Quiet on Cali Gay Marriage Ruling

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling overturning the state’s gay marriage ban gave John McCain a big open to reach out to his party’s conservative Christian base, especially the Christian Right leaders who continue to be openly skeptical of his candidacy […]

Gay Marriage Decision Puts Heat on McCain

posted by dgilgoff

If John McCain wanted an opportunity to make common cause with the Christian Right, he’s just been handed it: the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban. One of the Christian Right’s biggest grievances against McCain […]

Will Jews (Finally) Go Republican?

posted by dgilgoff

Will this be the year a Republican presidential candidate peels of serious Jewish support from Democrats? The Wall Street Journal makes a convincing case: Many Republicans think so — particularly with Barack Obama likely heading the Democratic ticket. That calculation […]

Bill Donohue’s Take on Hagee’s Apology

posted by dgilgoff

The case is closed on John Hagee, the Texas evangelist whose endorsement of John McCain set off a national controversy because of allegations that Hagee’s books and sermons contain anti-Catholic rhetoric. Or at least it’s closed according to Bill Donohue. […]

Catholic League: Hagee Controversy Officially Over(!)

posted by dgilgoff

That was easy. The conservative Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has received a letter from televangelist/John McCain supporter John Hagee expressing regret over having offended Catholics (read it here). And, just like that, Catholic League president Bill Donohue […]

McCain’s Evangelical Enthusiasm Problem

posted by dgilgoff

Bob Novak writes today that a well-placed Christian Right source says that Mike Huckabee, who has publicly endorsed and campaigned with John McCain, has floated the idea that an Obama candidacy might be just what the American people need, perhaps […]

Meet Rod Parsley

posted by dgilgoff

Mother Jones has assembled some highlights from the anti-Muslim screeds of Rev. Rod Parsley, who’s been tagged as John McCain’s answer to Jeremiah Wright. McCain’s defenders respond that Parsley, who has campaigned with McCain and whom McCain praised as “one […]

Religious Outreach Week at McCain HQ

posted by dgilgoff

Or maybe religious conservative awareness week. On Tuesday, Senator McCain gave a speech promising to appoint conservative jurists to the courts. Some in the Christian Right applauded. On Wednesday, he gave a speech that opened with a celebration of evangelical […]

Family Research Council Likes McCain on Judges

posted by dgilgoff

Family Research Council Action, the most influential conservative evangelical advocacy group, likes what it heard about judges this morning from John McCain. Here’s the statement from FRC Action president Tony Perkins: Senator McCain’s speech will be well- received by millions […]

McCain Rolls out Judicial Advisory Committee

posted by dgilgoff

On the heels of his Wake Forest address on judges this morning, John McCain has rolled out his Justice Advisory Committee. The full list includes plenty of conservative Christian activists and is below. Most noteworthy, however, are the co-chairs. Or, […]

McCain on Judges: Winning Any Converts?

posted by dgilgoff

At Wake Forest University this morning, John McCain delivered his most detailed comments to date on his vision for the federal judiciary, including, most importantly, the Supreme Court. McCain’s support for “strict constitutionalist” judges is supposed to be his big […]

Is Hagee Mainstream?

posted by dgilgoff

American Prospect Religious Right expert Sarah Posner (who writes the weekly FundamentaList column) contacted God-o-Meter to say that the supposedly controversial video of John Hagee that GOM linked to this morning won’t be much of a liability for Hagee endorsee […]

Controversial New Hagee Video Surfaces

posted by dgilgoff

The Huffington Post is steering readers to new video of John Hagee (below)–the Texas evangelist whose John McCain endorsement generated controversy because of Hagee’s past anti-Catholic statements–that’s sure to raise some eyebrows. Sure, Hagee’s not McCain’s regular pastor, so he’s […]

Behind The Christian Right’s Kind Words for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Last night, God-o-Meter noted that the Family Research Council Action, the powerful DC-based evangelical advocacy group, had some surprisingly kind words for John McCain, given its vocal disappointment about McCain’s flaccid Christian Right outreach. So God-o-Meter checked in today with […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

McCain Steps Up Anti-Catholic Rebuke

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

The Hagee Effect: Scaring Off Evangelicals?

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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