We tend to think of the campaign battles as being the quest for those on the middle of the political spectrum. But there’s another place candidates forage. The very Republican and very Democratic groups nonetheless have dissenters in their midst. For instance, in 2004, 20% of the Religious Right were Democrats, and 31% of the…

Because it was a trend spotted early in the campaign, analysts have stopped talking about it. But if Obama wins, one of the main reasons may be a massive shift in the Latino vote. In 2004, Bush won 45% of Latinos. According to the new Twelve Tribes analysis, Obama is beating McCain by more than…

This should certainly not be deemed a definitive account but does seem to be plausible enough to justify a question being posed to Palin. By the way, dear readers, if it’s true that she thinks Pebbles and Deeno really did live at the same time, would that make you feel worse about Palin? Better? Or…

When we look back, it may turn out that one of the most important, and brillaint strategic moves of the campaign, was when Obama asked the debate commission to have the first encounter be about foreign policy. Remember, the commission had proposed beginning with the economy. McCain suggested going to foreign policy — and, in…

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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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