Mollie at GetReligion details and dissects “a new Pew study that indicates that Obama is getting slightly fewer — that’s right — fewer white evangelical supporters than John Kerry was at the same time four years ago.”
Wait a minute. I thought the whole center-right coalition was falling apart, led by the defection of Evangelicial Christians? I thought efforts like Obama’s faith-based initiative outreach to Evangelicals were changing the dynamic of the race?
Then again, maybe not. Mark Hemingway at NRO thinks the story line “is a classic example of the media trying to force a campaign narrative, regardless of whether it is true.” Golly, where have we seen that before?
The Climb-Down Begins
Looks like James Dobson is having second thoughts:
“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”
Dobson should think about avoiding sweeping predictions about the future, as in his statement that he’d never vote for McCain, or “I don’t believe that conservative Christians in large numbers will vote for a Mormon, but that remains to be seen, I guess.”
David Broder says what many (including me) are wondering:
McCain relies on his instincts for the big decisions, and I can’t tell whether he has really abandoned his initial thumbs-down judgment about Romney. He clearly needs help from someone to compete with Obama on the economy. Greenspan and Buffett aren’t going to do it for him.