McSames fundie pandering for naught

McSames fundie pandering for naught

Faithful in pews might not be voters in November

COLUMBUS, Ohio – If Christian conservatives stay on the sidelines during the fall campaign, presidential hopeful John McCain probably stays in the Senate.

Christian conservatives provided much of the on-the-ground, door-to-door activity for President Bush’s 2004 re-election in Ohio and in other swing states. Without them, the less-organized and lower-profile McCain campaign is likely to struggle to replicate Bush’s success. And so far, there’s been scant sign that the Republican nominee-in-waiting is making inroads among these fervent believers.

McCain, who identifies himself as Episcopalian and attended Baptist services last weekend, has done himself no favors. He appeared ignorant of high-profile figures, especially as he sought — and then was forced to reject — the support from Ohio’s Rod Parsley and Texas’ John Hagee after their controversial sermons brought the candidate unwanted criticism.

“That was one of the most ill-advised faith and values adventures this campaign,” said Jacques Berlinerblau, a religious scholar at Georgetown University who studies faith and the U.S. presidential campaign.

It gave religious conservatives yet another reason not to like McCain, even though he has sought a truce this time after calling televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell “agents of intolerance” during his first presidential run.

“I don’t know that McCain’s campaign realizes they cannot win without evangelicals,” said David Domke, a professor of communication at the University of Washington who studies religion and politics. “What you see with McCain is just a real struggle to find his footing with evangelicals.”

McSame’s problem is, that while fundies may well be crazy, they aren’t stupid. They understand that McCain stands for nothing- and is willing to change his mind a dozen times a day, depending on who’s standing in front of him. He no more cares about evangelicals than he does Iraqis. They are just grist for his pathetic run to nothing.

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