Steven Waldman

My “diavlog” with former White House official Pete Wehner, over at the excellent website, Bloggingheads, including some chat about Obama’s potential appeal to evangelicals and McCain’s troubles with them:

Reprinted from Wall Street Journal Online. While Barack Obama was trying to vanquish Hillary Clinton, John McCain has been focused on a challenging target of his own: religious conservative voters. He’s always had a mixed relationship with evangelicals, heretofore a key part of the Republican base. Apparently his decision in 2000 to call Christian leaders…

Two posts (from wsj.com, where my post was originally printed) that typify the coming debate in the evangelical community: My Dad is a Southern Baptist Minister and my mother is also highly conservative. They are dedicated and excited Obama supporters. You don’t get much more evangelical than they are and you won’t find people who…

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal Online If Bill Clinton was the first white to be a black president, could Barack Obama be the first non-evangelical to be an evangelical president? Huh? — you might be grunting. If Sen. Obama can’t even win moderate white Catholics –- and he lost them again yesterday in Indiana…

Based on Indiana and North Carolina, we can now further clarify Sen. Obama’s weakness. He doesn’t have a big problem with whites. He has a problem with older whites. Consider this: in North Carolina, Sen. Obama beat Sen. Clinton among 17- to 29-year-old whites 57%-41%. Among those 30 to 44 years old, Sen. Clinton was…

Sen. Obama made major headway Tuesday among Catholics. He lost Catholics 70%-30% in Pennsylvania, but narrowed the gap to 59%-41% in Indiana and 51%-48% in North Carolina, exit polls showed.

Richard Land recalls the inspiration of hearing President Reagan’s prayer day declaration. I have mixed feelings, to be honest, about National Prayer Day. I agree with the spirit: Americans should periodically pause and consider its tremendous blessings and express profound gratitude to God (or if you don’t believe God had anything to do with it,…

Deal, You said that while officials of the church expressed “concern” about the Iraq war, you weren’t aware that the Church opposed the Iraq war. I know you’re making a distinction between the official church rulings and the mere pronouncements of the Pope, a distinction that is not always clear to many people outside (or…

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal Online. No voter wants to appear bigoted, so when asked directly if someone’s race would affect their vote, almost everyone says no. Pollsters have therefore searched for more indirect measures. I noticed two particularly interesting attempts. The March Pew Research Center poll asked voters whether it is “all right…

Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal Online Sen. Obama tanked with Catholics in Pennsylvania, and losing Catholics nationally would be a definite burden to carry into the general election. I found one glint of a silver lining for Sen. Obama: despite his struggles, he has shown himself able to win in heavily Catholic states. There…

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Steve Waldman

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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