The TV networks are talking about the great disruption that Hurricane Gustav has caused the poor Republicans. Oh please! This is great news for McCain. His main dilemma this week was how to distance himself from the Bush administration given that Bush and Cheney were going to be featured speakers at the convention. Problem solved,…

Evangelicals Christians exerted enormous influence on McCain’s decision — for better or worse. John McCain had wanted to appoint Joe Lieberman, his close friend, but religious conservatives protested so vehemently that McCain felt he couldn’t go that way, The New York Times reported. Paul Weyrich, a leading conservative, apparently pushed hard for Palin, according to…

Have we ever had an ex-Catholic on a major presidential ticket? I can’t think of any. Palin was Baptised as a Cahtolic and later became an evangelical Protestant. This will thrill evangelicals (quite a few of which are ex-Catholics) but I wonder how Catholics will feel about it. It’s unclear when in her life she…

The always-shrewd Jeff Weiss at the Dallas Morning Newsy characterizes her as a post-denominational Christian. Doug Weed, a Bush friend, notes that Palin not only helps with evangelicals but with Pentecostals in particular, who have been especially cool to McCain. He also raises a very good political point: if Democrats start attacking her as a…

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Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

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