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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

McCain Keeps Christian Endorsements Coming

posted by dgilgoff

How better for John McCain to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and tomorrow’s annual Right to Life march than to announce a statement of “profound respect and admiration” for him from King’s niece Alveda King, a prominent conservative Christian […]

McCain Ups Religious Outreach, Again

posted by dgilgoff

In the final hours before voting begins here in tomorrow’s GOP primary, The Brody File notes that John McCain is faring pretty decently among South Carolina evangelicals: The latest poll shows Huckabee leading McCain 33% to 20% among the Evangelical […]

Another Christian Conservative for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s Christian Right offensive yields another endorsement, from Tom Coburn, poster child for old school Christian conservatism in the U.S. Senate. Another reminder that the fight for Palmetto State evangelicals isn’t limited to Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson.

Santorum: McCain Weak on Values

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter knows John McCain is redoubling efforts to repair relations with the Christian Right, but being called weak on values by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an influential figure in the movement, isn’t going to help his cause. Here’s what […]

McCain’s Second Chance with Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

This all seems so eight years ago. A folksy Southern evangelical wins Iowa only to be stopped in his tracks by maverick John McCain. But will what happens next in the Republican presidential race be a replay of 2000? Will […]

McCain Scores NH Muslim Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain, who raised eyebrows by telling Beliefnet that “I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith,” when asked how a Muslim presidential candidate would do, has been endorsed by New Hampshire’s highest ranking […]

With Help From Brownback, McCain Redoubles Christian Right Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Launching a new “Catholics for McCain” group and rolling out new leadership for his “Iowans of Faith for McCain” group last week, broadcasting a television ad about bonding with a prison guard over a cross as a POW, and airing […]

McCain Steps up Faith Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Shortly after announcing its new Catholics for McCain effort yesterday, the McCain campaign unveiled new leadership for its Iowans of Faith for McCain coalition. It’s more evidence that McCain is seeking to expand his second wind in New Hampshire on […]

McCain Announces Catholics for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain today announced a new coalition of Catholic supporters headed by some big names, including Kansas Senator/former presidential candidate Sam Brownback and former Kansas Governor Frank Keating. From today’s press release: ….Former Governor Frank Keating (R-OK), also National Co-Chair […]

McCain Hedges on Jesus Question

posted by dgilgoff

From an AP article on how McCain parried a Jesus question on the campaign trail yesterday: McCain wrapped up his two-day spin through South Carolina with a town hall meeting at a Greer family restaurant. John Grabiel, a Greer minister, […]

McCain Wins Brownback Nod

posted by Jeff Sheler

It’s official. Conservative Kansas senator and former presidential candidate Sam Brownback is supporting John McCain. In a joint appearance in Dubuque, Iowa, Brownback, a darling of the Christian right, called his senate colleague from Arizona “the best pro-life candidate to […]

McCain Picks Up Pro-Life Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain just announced an endorsement from a prominent Michican pro-life activist who’d been affiliated with Sam Brownback’s campaign. It’s not enough to boost his God-o-Meter rating–and even with Michigan’s super-early January 15 primary, it’s not clear that winning the […]

McCain’s Beliefnet Interview: How can the Religious Right Hate This Guy?

posted by dgilgoff

Watching Beliefnet’s exclusive John McCain video, God-o-Meter finds it perplexing that the Arizona senator has long been a scourge of the Religious Right. After all, McCain told Beliefnet that the “Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian […]

McCain: I’m a Baptist. Really, I am.

posted by dgilgoff

Is it just coincidence that John McCain waits till his presidential bid is ailing and till he’s in evangelical-rich and electorally important South Carolina to correct the long-held impression that he’s Episcopal by insisting that he’s Baptist? God-o-Meter says: unlikely. […]

Previous Posts

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 robust White House office of faith-based initiatives, pove

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 states: Years before Barack Obama showed that a liberal Demo

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 director of the Christian Coalition. What surprised you i

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 generational shift in their political thinking and reexa

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

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