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.
Interesting to note that the continuing slow drip of Wright criticism from conservatives has created the unusual circumstance of Republicans attacking a religious leader. Public opinions polls show that most Americans share that criticism, so far be it from God-o-Meter to propose that the GOP risks some backlash for knocking a clergyman. But the controversy does align a Democrat–Obama–more with a religious tradition and the GOP against it at a time when John McCain’s party already has issues with its religious base and Democrats are making inroads among the faithful.
Here’s Dick Cheney weighing in on Wright yesterday, courtesy of ABC News:
Vice President Dick Cheney made a quick appearance on
Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he used some very strong words to condemn the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barak Obama’s former pastor.
“I thought some of the things he said were absolutely appalling,” Cheney told the conservative talk show host. “And, you know, I haven’t gotten into the business of trying to judge how Sen. Obama dealt with it, or didn’t deal with it, but I really — I think, like most Americans, I was stunned at what the reverend was preaching in his church and then putting up on his Web site.”