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GOP Will Bounce Back: Rove

Democratic wave was aberration caused by unusual factors

(Newser) - Voters didn’t so much choose liberalism or the Democratic Party as they did Barack Obama, writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal. And that’s potentially good news for the GOP in the 2010 midterm elections, Rove says: “In politics, good years follow bad years. Republicans... More »

Obama Breaks Evangelicals' Grip on Politics

Obama's coalition of religious supporters was defined by "a wild diversity" of faiths

(Newser) - Listen to too many campaign reporters, and you might forget that there are religious voters out there other than white evangelicals. But, writes Lisa Miller in Newsweek, Barack Obama built a coalition of religious voters by improving Democratic performance with virtually everyone else. “Indeed, it includes almost every committed... More »

Amish Could Give McCain Crucial Swing-State Support

Many members of sect, concentrated in Ohio, Pa., voted Bush in '04

(Newser) - With John McCain now focused on winning Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, he could get help from a group that has traditionally avoided politics: the Amish. When they do vote, Amish are thought to be 100% Republican because of their views on abortion, Benjamin Sarlin writes in the Daily Beast; George... More »

Obama Calls for Faith-Based Aid Expansion

Patriotism tour continues with outreach to religious voters

(Newser) - Barack Obama today called for even more federal dollars for President Bush’s initiative funding faith-based social service groups, the AP reports. His plan will let the groups hire and fire based on religion, a controversial move that's part of an organized effort to court evangelical voters. The candidate says... More »

Obama Just Wants Evangelicals Not to Fear Him

Reassuring those unlikely to vote for him will cool opposition, could win over undecideds

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s plan to cut the Democrats' evangelical deficit (68%-30% in 2000, 78-21% in '04)? Convince the religious right he’s not the devil. That’s a “radically different” course from the one taken by John Kerry and Al Gore, what Jeff Greenfield, on Slate, calls a “... More »

Obama Opens 12-Point Lead

Margin grows to 15 with Nader and Barr in the mix

(Newser) - Barack Obama has a 12-point lead (49%-37%) over John McCain in a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll. With Bob Barr and Ralph Nader in the mix, the margin grows to 15 points (48% to 33%). The poll suggests that both Democrats and independents think Obama will do the best job... More »

Dumping Pastors Is Gamble For McCain

In casting aside Hagee and Ohio's Parsley, Republican stands to alienate evangelicals

(Newser) - By rejecting endorsements from influential pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley, John McCain might have alienated evangelical voters, a key Republican electoral bloc. If they “feel this is an attack on them,” one consultant told the Washingon Post, “even if they don't agree with Parsley and Hagee... More »

Obama's Must-Fix List

Among his chores: broadening his base of voters

(Newser) - Deeming Hillary Clinton knocked out, John Judis takes a look at Barack Obama’s flaws in the New Republic and finds the Democrat with much to work on before Election Day:
  • His base: Obama has become too dependent on young and black voters, after early success with white men.
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