Christian Conservatives Abandon Republican Party

It was reported after the 2000 presidential elections that the Bush/Rove fake out to the Christian Evangelist community mobilized at least 4 million new Republican voters.  That number nearly doubled in 2004 (unfortunatly neither case was sufficient for Bush to win either election legally).

By my analysis, if you subtract them Christians from the 21% of Americans who self-identify as Republicans, you end up with a handful of folks in Utah County and south.  I guess thats what they mean by ‘regional party.’

From: The Huffington Post, Family Research Council Slams New GOP Initiative

“The National Council for a New America, the much-publicized GOP re-branding initiative, is already facing skepticism from the party’s old allies. The Family Research Council, a powerful Christian conservative group, sent out a scathing press release hitting the Council’s avoidance of cultural issues.”

The effort only underscores the Republicans’ present identity crisis, as the GOP leadership kicked off the campaign devoid of the values that once caused voters to identify with the party.

Uh oh. I guess someone should have asked if Rove was only renting the religious folks.

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  1. #1 by Becky on May 7, 2009 - 4:30 am

    Way back when we had Jerry Falwell and the ‘Moral Majority’, I suspected it was just a matter of time before there would be a backlash. It was clear to me that the Republican party in the Reagan era was building up its base by developing various special interest groups, though it wasn’t all that committed to their individual agendas. At some point, the religious right co-opted the party and the entire conservative movement and the rest of the country started backing away from the R party as it had become too extreme for mainstream.

    But as you point out, Cliff, the party really was not so much committed to those Christian values as they were to garnering the Christian vote. Now the fundamentalists feel like a bride left at the altar.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on May 7, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Say it ain’t so, “Joe”…

    Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he’s so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience.

  3. #3 by Walter E. Simendinger on May 7, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Please know that more than people than christian cons are pissed about the massive spending. Democrats could be unpleasantly surprised, and while dems may stay in power, the representatives will be forced to make promises about upcoming attempts to spend even more. Both parties will soon be on the skids, republicans are just first being the owners of the last debacle.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on May 7, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    From Daily Kos:

    In just a week, the NCNA has gone from:

    “A formal acknowledgement by top congressional and national leaders that the GOP needs to change its pitch and its ideas.”

    … to the same old thing. Goposaurs rule. Their world anyway.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on May 8, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    So the republican party finally realized it has to pay attention to real issues after decades of God, guns , and gays and gets attacked by an organization that participated in the scam. Get me some more popcorn! I like this movie!

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