I’ve got a story here in the stack about this, folks, a little monologue going along with it that I’ve gotta find here on the basis of this. Hang on here with me, ’cause it’s somewhere in here. It’s not a big stack today. It’s about the Democrats — here it is. I have found the story. It’s classic. It’s by Tiffany Stanley at the New Republic. You know, after the 2002 midterms, Wellstone memorial and all that, exit polls were stunned to learn that values voters were the — and the Democrats were stunned, “Well, yeah, we gotta work on our appeal to the values voters,” which lasted about two weeks.
Here’s the piece: “Things Fall Apart — How Democrats gave up on religious voters. When Barack Obama burst onto the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he represented … the shining hope for the religious left. Here was a liberal politician who was not afraid of the language of faith, who just might reclaim territory that the Democratic Party had, willingly or not, ceded to Republicans. Red America did not own religion, Obama declared: ‘We worship an awesome God in the blue states.'” He’s talking about himself. “Between 2004 and 2007, when Obama announced his candidacy for president, he became possibly the most prominent Democratic politician who was comfortable speaking about religion — a liberal who gave the impression that his religiosity was heartfelt, genuine, and important to his politics.”