Baffling Our Way to Heaven
John Podhoretz, who has been playing the Stop Hillary tune since before it made the charts (and giving her candidacy the tone of inevitability from before the first notes), doesn’t get those enigmatic conservative religiosos:
The conduct of Religious Right leaders has been entirely baffling. They’ve have several candidates they could have rallied around as a matter of principle — Huckabee and Brownback in particular. But they haven’t done so. It’s almost as though they’re paralyzed.
I’ll admit that I’ve yet to receive the memo regarding the approved position on Huckabee and Brownback, although I will say that within the context of my deliberate non-attention to this premature campaign season, I’ve found both uninspiring. Still, I wonder if what baffles others on our side of the political line about rightward Christians is that results in this world aren’t exactly the crucial consideration. We’re at liberty, therefore, to play a riskier game with our votes.
That said, I suspect that the Religious Right understands that backing either of the candidates whom Podhoretz mentions is to support a long-shot, and if we’re going to do that, we might as well devote our efforts to proving to one of the two mainstream parties that it needs us to survive. We’ve faith, after all, that all of the damage can and will be put right.