The God Delusion vs. Audacity of Hope

Candidates can’t ignore values-based voters

“This much is clear: Presidential candidates ignore the importance of the values-based vote at their peril.”

“[In 2000] White voters identifying with the “religious right” grew from 14 to 17 percent of the total electorate. At the same time, the GOP’s share of the white religious right vote jumped 15 percent: from 65 percent in 1996 to 80 percent.”

“[In 2004] …although the war in Iraq dominated the headlines, it didn’t dominate at the polls. A small plurality of voters cited ‘moral values’ as the most important issue in the campaign; Bush crushed Sen. John Kerry among these voters by a whopping 62-percent margin, 80 percent to 18 percent.”

“‘If white evangelicals had not voted in 2004, Kerry would have beaten Bush by a 53 to 45 percent margin nationwide…'”

And, as such, their first opportunity to share the stage in a “forum” (not debate) will be in a mega-church.

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3 Responses to “The God Delusion vs. Audacity of Hope”


  1. 1 goodtimepolitics August 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Can I burn hope in my car? Will hope put food on my table? When it can then I will put all my resourses into hope but until then I will stick to the known and not the unknown!
    Obama has a bad record when it comes to voting on the issues, John McCain has over 20 years of good voting records so I shall stick with the one we can trust!

  2. 2 Matt H. August 19, 2008 at 10:46 am

    “Obama has a bad record when it comes to voting on the issues, John Mccain has over 20 years of good voting records so I shall stick with the one we can trust!”

    What does that mean? What issues? If you like George Bush’s agenda then you will love John McSame! Check out the story on Media Matters the media watchdog that points out how similar McSame’s voting record is with the Bush administration positions. Do you like where we have been for the last eight years? How about another four more?

    “McCain voted in support of the Bush administration’s position 95 percent of the time in 2007, making McCain the administration’s most reliable supporter in the Senate that year. Indeed, in a January 13 article (accessed via Nexis), CQ reported that “McCain’s 95 percent support [for Bush] score for last year was the highest in the chamber.” Moreover, CQ also found that McCain has voted with Bush 90 percent of the time over the seven-and-a-half years of Bush’s presidency.

  3. 3 Steve M. August 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    “Can I burn hope in my car? Will hope put food on my table?…Obama has a bad record…McCain has over 20 years of good voting records”

    Except…this post was not really about either politician’s record. It was a nod to the intersection of our readings and the comingling of Church and State.

    In fact, the article linked in my post says that “value-based” voters don’t necessarily even *care* about the issues — e.g. ‘although the war in Iraq dominated the headlines, it didn’t dominate at the polls.’

    If you had commented that Obama didn’t vote for Jesus while McCain did, I would be confused but could see the applicability to the post. Though I might ask if Jesus will fuel my car…


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