Saturday, February 23, 2008

Democratic Evangelicals

Amy Sullivan writing for the Washington Post:

But now, after 30 years in the wilderness, the Democratic Party is being reborn. The "Come to Jesus" moment was Sen. John F. Kerry's loss in 2004. Catholic Democrats, shocked at the idea that it might be impossible for one of them to ever again win the White House, banded together to push back against their church and their party. Religious liberals, angered at being left out of the definition of "values voters," finally rose from their slumber. Kerry himself called on his colleagues to get over their discomfort with matters of faith.

Most important, led by the two main contenders for the party's 2008 nomination, religious Democrats are publicly reclaiming their faith. I've gotten used to people coming out to me when I speak to Democratic audiences these days. "I'm religious, too," they'll whisper in my ear as they shake my hand quickly. Not long after the 2004 election, a congressional aide identified himself as an evangelical during a public Q&A. He told me afterward that it was the first time he'd "outed" himself in front of fellow Democrats. "How did it feel?" I asked. He paused. "A little scary," he said. "But good." Now he's one of a growing class of consultants who advise Democratic candidates about how to court religious voters.


Here's a bio of Amy Sullivan.

1 comment:

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

I am absolutely infuriated when anyone not ultraconservative is denounced as an atheistic humanist or some other ridiculous term by Ann Coulter and her ilk.

Try living by the PRINCIPLES of the Bible, I say, before you start throwing names around. I just wrote about this when contemplating the death of the campaign of Mitt Romney.