November 8, 2006

Americans Vote for Change!

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 8:56 pm

Well, that was interesting! The Iowa Electronic Market, along with other markets and betting sites, was predicting the Republicans would hold the Senate. So this was clearly unexpected, but welcome, news.

I started blogging almost two years ago because of the 2004 election, and the media’s storyline that the Christian vote won it for Bush. Not so this time around. From Amy Sullivan:

It’s finally time to retire that tiresome, inaccurate phrase “the God Gap,” so beloved by pollsters and commentators after the 2004 election. Coined to reflect the fact that weekly churchgoing Americans split their votes 58 to 41 percent for George W. Bush that year, the label ignored the fact that a supermajority of Democratic voters attend church as well. And, more importantly, it implied that the loyalty of religious Americans was securely with the Republican Party, not to be wrested away by heathen Democrats.

Yesterday, the God Gap all but disappeared.

Even before we started voting, Newsweek came out with cover stories titled “Sex vs. Social Justice: Evangelicals at a Crossroads” and “A New Faith-Based Agenda”. The latter is authored by Michael Gerson, a former Bush administration speechwriter, who writes:

The goal is not only to stand for Christianity’s moral teachings but to emulate the manner of its Founder, who showed that kindness is not weakness, and had more tenderness for moral outcasts than for moral hypocrites.

So the storyline that Christians elected Bush to stop abortion and protect marriage from gays has now been replaced by a storyline that Christians care about the poor and the suffering and are as willing to vote for Democrats as they are for Republicans.

Well, it’s been a long, tough two years blogging about Christian progressives, but it seems I have successfully turned American Christianity around from an arch-conservatism to political pluralism, from a narrow focus on sex to a social gospel. My work here is done.

(Just kidding.)


  1. This blog has been here for the past two years, and I’ve just now found it?? Unbelievable.

    Comment by Indigo — November 10, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  2. Well stated, I too am sick of the hijacking of our faith for purposes of political power. I think the Christian Right-Wing is starting to realize that the GOP was simply using it to get votes.

    Comment by Former Minister — November 11, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  3. Welcome, Indigo…better late than never. And thanks, Former.

    Comment by Bob — November 11, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

  4. […] After the election, I wrote about the change in the media perception of the Christian voter to a more moderate, compassionate view. Since then, it’s become even more apparent that this is the case. Articles like this one in the Christian Science Monitor are getting more frequent: On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Evangelical superstar Rick Warren – author of the runaway bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life” – hosted an AIDS summit at his California megachurch. The keynoter? Sen. Barack Obama (D) of Illinois. […]

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