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Harvard has Terri on the mind today...as does Danforth.

Faith and Politics is also offers a tour of the “wedge issues,” and here Danforth is often at his best, illuminating each issue through the prism of his life experience. His powerful critiques of the Christian Right on the issues of stem cell research, religion in the public square, and the Terri Schiavo matter are worth reading in their own right. He writes movingly of his evolution on gay rights. Recalling a former staffer who broke down in tears because she was gay and feared his disapproval, he declares, “I know I want no part in the meanness that causes this kind of misery.” Danforth also offers ways in which we might work to return a sense of civility to politics, though one wishes that he had chosen a subject other than Clarence Thomas as the focal point of his chapter decrying character assassination.....

How to Defuse the Culture War

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570 posted on 06/13/2008 4:42:03 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Oh no! Charlie makes Newsweak. How bad can it get?

The only problem? Crist hurts McCain more than he helps him. For starters, Florida already looks like a lock for McCain; he leads by 8.3 percent in the latest polls, and the state's senior citizens, Cuban-Americans, military families and Southern transplants provide the senator with a clear demographic edge over Obama--not to mention that Crist will campaign for McCain in the Sunshine State whether or not he's on the ticket. Secondly, Crist may be a social conservative on paper, but the Christian right is wary of him--to put it mildly. He pulled his support for the gay marriage amendment. He created a socialized insurance market in Florida. He speaks out against global warming. As attorney general, he refused to intervene in the Terry Schiavo debacle. And, worst of all, he was once pro-choice and, although nominally pro-life today, displays little enthusiasm for abortion issues. "It would be seen as a slap in the face to the Evangelical base," writes the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody. Conservative activist Jim Backlin has gone one step further. ""If the goal of the campaign is to shore up the base of the party, which is still critically needed, that pick would do exactly the opposite," he has said. "Many social conservatives, and conservatives in general, would sit on their hands this election." Needless to say, McCain can ill-afford to further alienate the right wing of the Republican party. Finally, Crist is unmarried, having divorced in 1980 after a year of marriage, and his swinging singledom has been the subject of much speculation, including (somewhat conflicting) rumors of homosexuality and an out-of-wedlock child. Crist denies the charges--both completely unproven--but, as a conservative commentator Michael Medved notes, "such reports... would receive lavish and detailed press coverage the moment Crist appeared on a ticket with a very real chance that stories about his dating life over the last 28 years would drown out serious discussion of his accomplishments."

After his trip to Sedona, Crist told reporters that he "ate too much, had some great chicken, great barbecue.'' He should treasure the memory--because it doesn't look like McCain will be serving him desert anytime soon..........

The McCain Veepwatch, Vol. 3: Charlie Crist

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571 posted on 06/13/2008 4:48:07 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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