I have been thinking about the recent spate of Republican candidate endorsements by religious conservatives, and wondering what a fragmented evangelical voting bloc might mean for the party’s field of candidates. With three prominent religious conservatives endorsing three different Republican candidates within 48 hours, evangelicals are no longer waiting for an ideologically attuned “white knight” to emerge as the party’s standard-bearer. Fred Thompson’s recent comments on abortion and gay marriage may have officially brought this waiting period to a close.
So, we may be looking at a Republican primary field in which candidates will continue to compete for the conservative Christian vote right up until the balloting begins, with no one candidate benefiting disproportionately from the support of this influential group of voters.
Today’s curious Pat Roberston endorsement of Rudy Giuliani brings some religious fervor to the Giuliani campaign, but may not actually be all that far-fetched, in light of Giuliani’s own zealous rhetoric on the War on Terror.
Posted On: 11-08-2007 15:01:36 by jay welsh
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