April 13, 2008

IT'S SUGGESTIVE OF JUST HOW LITTLE THE LEFT UNDERSTANDS KANSAS...:

Obama gaffe undermines Dem outreach (DAVID PAUL KUHN, 4/13/08, Politico)

[T]he Illinois senator’s controversial remarks about “bitter” small-town Pennsylvanians who “cling” to religion and other cultural stances out of economic despair—comments immediately characterized by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and McCain as condescending—have suddenly reintroduced an unwelcome issue, undermining the progress made by a concerted Democratic party outreach to religious voters and reinvigorating criticism that the effort to woo religious voters is more rhetoric than substance.

“The danger, frankly, is that Democrats will be perceived as disingenuous,” said Laura Olson, a Clemson University professor who focuses on politics and religion. “What I really would be concerned about there is that Republicans could really spin this and they could say Obama is a Marxist. That’s what Marx said, it’s the opiate of the masses.”

Democrats’ newfound openness on faith began as an attempt to close the party’s disadvantage with regular church attendees. Democratic nominees have lost these voters by double digits, with the exception of 1992, since Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

This so-called “God gap” consumed Democrats following the 2004 presidential election, as George W. Bush won eight in ten of those who voted on “moral values” and the GOP advantage with weekly churchgoers soared to more than 20 percentage points.

That stark divide is at the root of Sunday’s “Compassion Forum,” which comes just nine days before the April 22 Pennsylvania primary, the second event of the Democratic primary season to feature a prominent discussion of the role of religion in politics.


...that they think this is the dealbreaker, not his support for infanticide, aborting his own grandchildren, and his black nationalist church.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2008 5:03 PM
Comments

We have yet to see a major media report on Obama's actions in the IL Senate on abortion and infanticide. They know (even if Barack and Michelle don't) that his opposition to the born alive legislation is unrecoverable in a general election.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 14, 2008 7:08 AM
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