Catholics are a group that went more for Clinton over Dole in than normal and were a deciding factor in that race. I am not surprised that they might not support McDole either.
and in the 00 and 04 election, it was the catholic vote that pushed bush over the top and bush reciprocated by appointing two pro-life Catholic Supreme Court Justices.
Teddy K., Nancy P., John Skerry, Chris Dodd, Patrick Leahy..
Need I go on?
These people are Democrats first, fake Catholics, Losers in Life and Americans last.
They are a disgrace and so is the majority of the US Clergy.
The Catholic vote has been moving steadily out of the Democrat camp and into the Republican camp for a couple of generations.
In the old days, the Republicans represented the WASP establishment, and the establishment was anti-Catholic. Catholics were mostly ethnics—Italians, Irish, Poles—and were looked down on and discriminated against. Catholics were mostly working class and a major part of the labor unions.
All that started to change with Roe v. Wade. If the bishops had been on the ball, the decision might even have been reversed. But lay Catholics started the pro-life movement, and have moved into the conservative camp more and more every year. Catholics were ahead of Evangelicals in the right to life movement, although no question that Evangelicals are now on board, too, and agreement on this point has done much to improve relations.
At least such was the case through 2004, when Bush and the Republican Party started to stumble. There is some risk that Catholics may shift over more slowly and Evangelicals may lose interest in the political process again. Let’s hope we can get the momentum going.
This is why it was a gigantic mistake to impose someone like McCain on the party—because there’s a terrible risk of losing heart and losing momentum.