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Theoretically, they could, but Evangelicals don't simply vote for people who are "born again".  Reagan wasn't "born again".  He was a divorced b-movie actor who got an erection every time someone said "tax cut".  Hell, they voted out Carter in huge numbers for Reagan, and it's hard to imagine a candidate more Evangelicious than Carter (or is he a problem since he's actually read the Bible unlike the Bushes and Falwells of the world?).

I don't think the Dems are vulnerable to a lot of influence from the Religious Right, at least not at this point in time, because those Evangelicals who do vote Dem are not of the hard-right theocrat variety.  Some Evangelicals are simply progressives, even on choice and gay marriage.  If younger ones are starting to skew that way, shouldn't that be a good thing?

Put another way: If having some Evangelicals as part of our party were to jeopardize our stand for women's rights or the rights of same-sex couples, then I'd agree that we don't want them.  But if they come over to vote for us now and then simply because they agree with us on climate change and universal health care -- well, hey, hard to argue with that, isn't it?  It's all a question of whose terms we play on.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 09:03:01 AM EST
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