March 31, 2008

50-0 FILES:

McCain making quiet play for Catholic vote: Quiet courtship part of a broader effort to win religious voters (WAYNE SLATER, March 31, 2008, The Dallas Morning News)

"If he can get Catholics and evangelicals together in a coalition, that would make him very difficult to defeat," said political scientist Mark Rozell of George Mason University.

Mr. McCain's plan to win the White House includes an appeal to Christian conservatives, long a crucial GOP voting bloc, as well as to more moderate independent voters and so-called "Reagan Democrats," many of them Catholic.

It's a formula that has worked in the past. In 2004, nearly 80 percent of white, evangelical Protestants voted for President Bush. He also got a majority of Catholics, which he failed to do four years earlier. [...]

This year, the Arizona senator won the Catholic vote in most GOP primaries, including Texas, according to exit polls. And his campaign has announced the names of 100 prominent Catholics as part of a group headed by former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback.

"Sen. McCain is a natural for Catholics in a lot of ways," said Rob Wasinger, who was Mr. Brownback's campaign manager. "He's pro-life and for traditional marriage. But he goes to a lot of issues that Catholics feel very strongly about, issues that reflect a deeper sense of social justice and human rights."

Meanwhile, his opponent is talking about aborting his own grandchildren.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2008 4:18 PM

The Reagan Democrats were pretty much a given as soon as Rev. Wright showed up cursing America. It's just a question how much verbal recorded cursing of Union leadership will be given if/when the leadership backs the Democratic nominee. I cannot see the construction trades or the Teamsters' members not going for McCain, let alone the police or firefighters

Posted by: Mikey at March 31, 2008 6:07 PM

Please please please let it be Obama.

It just might be 50-0.

Posted by: Benny at March 31, 2008 7:19 PM

Pro-life is getting ready to call in its markers. We have already gotten Roberts and Alito, so we are almost there. We are not going to turn the coutry back over to the baby-murderers and grandchild-aborters, to people who think children are a "punishment," when we are so close.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 1, 2008 3:28 AM