Monday, August 30, 2004

Yet more evidence (as if we needed it) that the Democratic Party is increasingly the party of the new middle class, not the working class.
Political scientists say polls correlating religious behavior or belief with party alignment indicate the "God gap" is more significant than most factors, including the gender gap.

Similarly, scholars' surveys of delegates to the parties' 2000 conventions found contrasts on weekly worship attendance (59 percent for Republican delegates, 35 percent for Democrats) and conservative beliefs about the Bible (54 percent for Republicans, 26 percent for Democrats).

Bolce says some voters aren't just non-religious but anti-religious. Surveys have shown hostility toward evangelicals and fundamentalists among a segment of Democrats, including more than half of 1992 convention delegates. Unlike anti-Catholic bias through the 1920s, "it's more a prejudice of the educated classes," he says.
Kerry can say as he did in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last month "we welcome people of faith." But the evidence is overwhelming that religious people don't feel welcome, and the leaders of the Democratic Party don't feel comfortable with them. The only kind of "people of faith" they want in the Party are members of the religious left who consistently vote Democratic anyway.

Maybe Kerry and Edwards are sincere. However, the message hasn't reached the level of Party delegates, opinion shapers and other illuminaries. Try being even moderately pro-life (e.g. support partial-birth abortion ban) and watch the onslaughts from Planned Parenthood and NARAL who have the full support of the Presidential ticket. Don't even think about dissenting on embryonic stem cells after Kerry urged us to "believe in science, so we can unleash the wonders of discovery like stem cell research" (notably, the only objects of "belief" or "faith" Kerry mentioned in Boston were [1] "science" and [2] the cognates "the American people"/"our country"/"ourselves"/"shared values"; never "God").

And if you want evidence on how the new middle class constantly condescends to those "people of faith" which Kerry claims to want to reach, read Brad DeLong for a week and you'll understand.

Kerry is trailing badly in Missouri. He's running even in Ohio and leading but slipping in Pennsylvania. These are three states chock full of religious swing-voters and Kerry needs two of them. Are Democrats serious about winning, or do they prefer ideological purity to victory?

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