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Energizer bunny.jpgFirst thought: Gilgoff’s right to draw attention to Richard Land’s enthusiasm for Palin as Veep in his CBS interview of a few weeks ago. So she’s the ticket’s energizer bunny: activated evangelicals plus Alaska oil. See Sarah run.
Second thought: Palin gives religious right leaders–real, supposed, or would-be–all the grounds they need to jump on board McCain’s bus. But for them it’s the old dodge of pushing for all you can get, knowing that at the end of the day you’ll be there for your seat. What rank-and-file evangelicals will think is another question. They flocked to Huckabee even though the putative leaders were very lukewarm. They are not, in a word, easy to command. Even though the religious right has had women in leadership positions going all the way back to the 1970s, traditional gender roles are part of its stock in trade, and having a youngish, inexperienced Mom a heartbeat away…well, we’ll see.
Third thought: McCain’s choice of Palin shows how undead the religious right remains in the American political system. The Republican Party birthed it, and to this day cannot disown it. Abortion politics will be as big as ever this fall; the culture wars will continue apace. The game will only be changed by a substantial Obama victory.
Fourth thought: This choice will weaken McCain’s appeal to Jewish voters. Over the past two decades, nothing has kept Jews in the Democratic camp more than the GOP’s embrace of the religious right in particular and evangelicals in general. One of the appealing things about McCain to Jews has been his uncomfortable relationship with both. Palin is not only a strong values-voting evangelical, she’s got a Buchananite past–and there’s no one in the Republican Party more noxious to Jews than Pat Buchanan.

  • allen bean

    Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 1:11 AM
    Not only all that, but Ms Palin has had virtually no contact with
    Jewish people in America. In fact, most Alaskans still use the term
    “to jew someone down” as part of their every day vocabulary when
    speaking about bargaining at the store….so I guess Ms Palin has a
    huge storehouse of inherited antiSemitic fixations based not on hatred
    but on ignornace. Ask her what she thinks of Jewish people someone? I
    am sure he only knows about 3.

  • Asinus Gravis

    Whatever happened to the “family value” that mothers were supposed to stay home and take personal care of their young children?
    How do those Baptists who were convinced that Romney is not a Christian because he is a Mormon manage to convince themselves that a Pentecostal Palin is a Christian?
    Aren’t Pentecostals the group that just eats up Hagee’s “gospel”? and Oral Robert’s gospel? and that of other “prosperity gospel” peddlars? Could that be a key part of the McCain-Palin economic plan?

  • cindy

    This is a pitiful smear, she self-identifies with Independent Bible churches, of course she’s a supporter of Israel, no doubt about it. And as for the wearing of pins, I see you didn’t mention her wearing of the flag of Israel lapel pin did you?

  • Cindy

    Asinus Gravis, since you asked,
    (1) there’s a difference between being a good Homekeeper (biblical) and adding the legalistic requirement that woman must stay at home to do so,
    (2) despite having attended different churches, Palin does not identify herself with Pentecostalism but with independent Bible churches, so I won’t even go there,
    (3)&(4) Pentecostals are not a monolithic group, but for reasons of quick to pigeon-hole assumptions because of the negative associations you mention, I sure am glad Palin is not a Pentecostal!
    (not that there aren’t great Christian Pentecostals, just that the association would bring obstacles to a campaign).
    (5) No, unbiblical prosperity gospel teachings are actually taught against by independent Bible churches who not only feed the sheep but protect the sheep from wolves like prosperity gospel preachers.