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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:25 PM
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Obama's Faith Tour
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Obama's Faith Tour

19 Sep 2008 09:31 am


One of the lesser known but fairly important activity that the national media tends to overlook these days is how aggressively the Obama campaign has been using surrogates and peer-to-peer canvassing to convince ...well, working class whites that Obama isn't some unknown force but instead is a guy who is like them...enough like then anyway, and shares their values.

CBN News gets exclusive word of a major surrogate effort that'll launch next week. The Obama campaign calls it their Faith, Family and Values Tour, with the slogan: "Voting ALL Our values."

The Brody File is told that top faith surrogates will hit the trail for Obama. Some of those high profile figures include Former Indiana Congressman and pro-life Democrat Tim Roemer, Catholic legal scholar Doug Kmiec, and author Donald Miller. You can also expect a soon to be named Evangelical North Carolina (red state) Congressman to travel the country as well. All of these surrogates are well versed and comfortable talking faith and politics. This is clearly a sign by the Obama campaign that they plan to target red state and swing state moderates.

The key here is targeting. This isn't an effort to corral single-issue evangeliclals, who, even before the choice of Palin, weren't going to vote for Obama. Instead, the tour will hit cities and towns and neighborhoods with a massive of moderate mainline protestants and modernist Catholics. The campaign has crunched a lot of data and knows, for example, where to go in a state like Indiana to find moderate to conservative Methodists, and where to not to waste their time (i.e., courting Southern Baptists.)

The Obama campaign takes heart at public polling showing that Obama is running strongly among white Catholics and well among just about every identifiable religious group -- outisde of conservative evangelicals.
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golddigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:39 PM
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1. I wish they would keep religion out of friggin politics.
:mad:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:41 PM
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2. But since they don't,
I'm glad that Obama is taking assertive action....instead of sitting back and shaking his head in the negative.
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mamalone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:42 PM
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4. Well said!
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knixphan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:46 PM
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5. agreed!
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mamalone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 02:42 PM
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3. I, for one, am thrilled to see this...
But I wish they wouldn't discount the conservative Evangelicals... I think Obama is a good enough candidate to win over even them :)
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LiberadorHugo Donating Member (557 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 03:05 PM
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6. I will be an atheist until the day I die...
But I realise that reaching out to people of faith who would otherwise feel as though they have no home outside of the Dobson Jesusland caricature is integral to a victory for Obama and a decisive long-term victory for progressives and rationalists in America. Here in Canada, there were two key forces behind many of the positive social changes that have taken place throughout the 20th Century: One being the secular, social liberal currents behind Jean Lesage and Quebec's Quiet Revolution, behind Trudeaumania and the liberal reforms that came with it, and behind the liberal and social democratic transformations that took place in Quebec in the early years of the modern Quebec nationalist movement (about 15 years after the beginning of the Quiet Revolution). Equally important, however, is the populist, Christian socialist tradition of the Social Gospel movement, generally associated with mainline Protestants, liberationist Catholics, and left-wing evangelicals (The left-wing component of the Western Canada protest movements that formed a key part of the CCF, the precursor to our social democratic NDP, was defined by these evangelicals, with leaders like Ministers J.S. Woodsworth and Tommy Douglas playing a key role in the formative years of Canadian socialism and the positive social transformations that came with it...And they were pretty damn radical, with positions heavily influence by Marxism until well into the 1950s...This protest movement also had a right-evangelical component that played to irrationality, fundamentalism, anti-semitism, and the more disguting base components of these sorts of populist movements...This side of the coin was personified through the various Social Credit movements in Quebec and in Western Canada and, in more modern times, through the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance, and the Conservative Party of Canada. Most of the Tories where I go to school, thankfully, are libertarian-ish Progresive Conservative types who would drink, debate politics, puff on the odd joint, make decent grades, and wax about the greatness of Stephen Harper...And they have nothing to do with the Campus Crusade for Christ and similar freaks that we have running around Carleton U.). If Obama and his surrogates are able to build a similar coalition in the States, then progressives throughout the world of all sects, of all races, of all creeds have every reason to be excited.
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 03:58 PM
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7. " I will be an atheist until the day I die...."
And that morning you'll read the Parable of the Vineyard? :)

Sorry, I couldn't resist - and I like your comment a lot.

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