May 23, 2006

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHANGING THEIR MINDS AND CHANGING YOUR OWN:

The New Temptation Of Democrats (Ruth Marcus, May 23, 2006, Washington Post)

When mega-pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church opened last year in its new Houston home, the city's former professional basketball arena, a most unlikely guest was on hand for the celebration: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a minister's son who chairs the House Democrats' Faith Working Group, headed to Dallas a few months later to worship with Bishop T.D. Jakes, an African American Pentecostal minister who's been called "the next Billy Graham."

This month, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean -- yes, that would be the Howard Dean who dismissed Republicans last year as "pretty much a white, Christian Party" -- went on Pat Robertson's "700 Club," asserting that Democrats "have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community." Randy Brinson, founder of Redeem the Vote (think Rock the Vote meets Jesus), met last week with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.

Democrats these days are a party on a mission that might sound impossible: to persuade evangelical Christian voters to consider converting -- to the Democratic Party.

Just as Republicans have worked, and to some extent succeeded, at peeling off some African American voters from the Democratic Party, evangelical voters are too big a part of the electorate (about a quarter) for one party simply to write off.

Democrats have a shot at luring some of them, but it's a long shot, and one that poses dangerous temptations for the party as it tries to narrow the God gap.


The GOP just has to convince black Christians to vote conscience instead of tribe--Democrats have to ditch everything they believe in (or, rather, don't) to appeal to the religious.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2006 3:37 PM
Comments

If the Dems start courting the evangelicals in earnest, and moderates its positions on abortion and buggery to improve the sales pitch, the Kos/Soros/NOW/NARAL crowd--which controls the party purse strings--will have a meltdown.

This could be fun.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 23, 2006 4:05 PM

Once again, the way to forestall this move is to keep the pressure on.

Just as we are to keep the gun-grabbers active by advancing gun rights, we need to keep the baby-murderers and perverts in the public eye by provoking their reactions.

Remember, just as the republicans can lose their base, the other side can not build bridges to evangelicals without burning those to their pagans and witches.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 23, 2006 5:33 PM
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