August 31, 2005


God Is in the Details (Dana Milbank and Alan Cooperman, 8/31/05, Washington Post)

What strategists call the "religion gap" between Democrats and Republicans may be widening, despite efforts by Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and other prominent Democrats to talk about their faith and the religious underpinning of their positions.

A Pew Research Center poll released yesterday found that 29 percent of the public sees the Democratic Party as "generally friendly" toward religion, down from 40 percent a year ago and 42 percent in 2003. A 55 percent majority continues to see the GOP as friendly toward religion, according to the poll.

Scott Keeter, Pew's director of survey research, said it appears that during the 2004 presidential race, Republicans succeeded in using Sen. John F. Kerry's support for abortion rights to raise doubts about the sincerity of the Democratic nominee's Catholic faith.

Since then, Keeter said, the charge that Democrats are anti-religious has been repeated in debates over judicial nominees, public displays of the Ten Commandments and the teaching of evolution in public schools. "My own sense is that the Democrats haven't forged a coherent response, and it's a hard charge to rebut individually, because if you start making a show of your personal piety, it can easily backfire," he said.

Opposing the President's Catholic nominee to the Court over abortion and gay rights should help, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2005 6:07 AM

Perhaps I missed it but the "...charge that Democrats are anti-religious..." has not been raised with force or persistance by the Republicans. The Democrats have been allowed, to date, to string themselves out. The harm that has been done so far is self-inflicted.

Posted by: Luciferous at August 31, 2005 12:01 PM

Oh, the Democrats have a coherent response. It's just a politically suicidal response.

Posted by: Mikey at August 31, 2005 12:13 PM

In my dreams Karl Rove is sitting on an old copy of the movie "Sunrise at Campabello" starring Ralph Bellamy as FDR. At the appropriate moment they should play the scene where Roosevelt, who is running Al Smith's presidential campaign is confronted by some dignitary who presses him to back off because of Smith's Roman Catholicism. FDR replies by sarcastically dictating a statement that Roman Catholics should not be qualified to be President, or senator, or representative, or governor, or legislator, or police or fireman or to serve in the armed forces. He then turns to the guy and asks if that's what he wanted. The guy bristles and stomps out. I don't remember if he mentions judges or not. It would be a great reminder of who the Dems once were and are emphatically not anymore.

Posted by: jeff` at August 31, 2005 2:15 PM

Mene, mene, tekal upharsin.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 1, 2005 10:41 AM