October 9, 2007


Black voters eyed for new values party (Ralph Z. Hallow, October 9, 2007, Washington Times)

Black traditional-values voters, credited with making up the margin that re-elected President Bush in 2004, would be prime targets to join a pro-life third-party protest movement, some on the religious right say.

"If a third-party candidate were running on a moral-values platform, a significant number of religious African-Americans could be attracted to this party," Bishop Harry Jackson said.

"As black conservative leaders, we would not be opposed to a third party that brings us together with our fellow Christians," said Bishop Jackson, chief pastor of a 3,000-member conservative black congregation in Beltsville. "Our interests are the same, but the parties have worked hard to keep us apart."

Here too we see the Jeb-shaped hole in the national party.

How To Win (ELI LAKE, October 9, 2007, NY Sun)

Rudolph Giuliani has an evangelical problem.

He is strong on national defense. He is strong on taxes. He appears to be electable. Well, it's just that the 9/11 mayor thinks that, at least in some circumstances, abortion should be legal and doesn't want to outlaw man-on-man marriage. He's a New Yorker running inside an anti-New York party.

Hence Reverend James Dobson on September 30 in Salt Lake City met with some 45 like-minded social conservatives to discuss the prospect of supporting a third-party alternative if Mr. Giuliani wins the Republican nomination. Can you blame them? Back in April, Mr. Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash that he would still favor federal subsidy for abortion, so long as it was legal.

To understand how what is probably the largest plurality within the Republican party feels about that, replace the word "abortion" in that last sentence with "infanticide." Like slavery for the abolitionists or women's voting for the suffragists, there is no compromise for all of those Americans who became political activists to protect the life of the unborn.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2007 7:43 AM

a pro-life third-party protest movement

Named the "We-Didn't-Learn-A-Thing-From-The-Last-Time-We-Had-A-Snit-And-Helped-Elect-A-Clinton" Party.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 9, 2007 8:41 AM

Now there's a slogan, Raoul -- vote for us, in spite of your convictions!

Posted by: Randall Voth at October 10, 2007 2:28 AM