Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Who pulls the strings on the right

Evangelical Christians have been the go-to "base" for conservative politicians, turning out the vote on social issues and the like. The flip side of that is that semi-moderate political figures like Giuliani and McCain may not pass muster with that segment, and thus may never make it out of the primary, however popular they might be in the nation at large. For Rudy, it's his three marriages (and unseemly divorces); for John it's his moderate insufficiently lather-flecked conservative social positions. Will these guys get flattened by lesser-known Republican candidates, or will they just get pushed to the right by the lash of evangelical whips? Only time will tell.

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