Religion in yesterday's election
Terry Mattingly, at Get Religion, takes a first glance at poll numbers from yesterday and how religious people voted, compared to the past couple of national elections:
It was a good day to be a populist, church-going, leaning-toward-conservative Democrat.
It was a bad day to be liberal Republican, or a Republican in a blue state who was running against a centrist or conservative Democrat.
It was a bad day for Andrew Sullivan, if you look at ballot initiatives.
It was a bad day for Dr. James Dobson. Maybe. That depends, in large part, on his willingness to talk to centrist or conservative Democrats. Some of them may want to talk with him.
It was a bad day for Howard Dean and the new Democratic bloggers.
It was a really bad day for Karl Rove and the Dick Cheney side of the big GOP tent â a really, really bad day.
He observes that the Democrat leadership "bit its tongue and let some social-issues heretics seek office":
Clearly, Iraq was a big factor â especially with Catholics. Also, the left side of the âborn againâ world continues, slowly, to develop or, perhaps, âemerge,â drip by doctrinal drip.
Then there was another obvious factor. The Democratic leadership bit its tongue and let some social-issues heretics seek office, at least at the state and local levels.
Senator-elect Robert Casey, jr., will initiate precisely zero pro-life policies during the next six years; some of the newly elected congressmen may be 'better'. Time will tell whether Democrat "social-issues heretics" are in fact deserving of the appellation.