In This Issue: Can the Democrats Reclaim the Religious Vote? by Deal W. Hudson
In the October issue of Crisis Magazine, I published a review I would like to share with you. As you know, I do not normally send you book reviews. But this one you might find interesting because it reveals the strategy of the Democratic Party leadership toward reclaiming the religiously-active voter.
How the Republicans Stole Christmas (Doubleday, 288 pages, $23.95) was written by television commentator Bill Press. Press is a practicing Catholic with whom I have shared some pleasant moments on cable news programs. As I say in the opening sentence of the review, Bill Press is a very likeable man but he has written a rather angry book, and one that confirms once again that, thus far, the Democrats "just don't get it."
Here are the first few paragraphs of the review. For the rest you will need to click through to the Crisis magazine website.
How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, Doubleday, 288 pages, $23.95 A Review
Bill Press is a nice guy who has written a contentious book. Reduced to its essentials, his argument is straightforward. But the narrative itself is angry, convoluted, and self-contradictory. If Press intended to demonstrate how Democrats can take back Christmas, he has succeeded in showing why, at least in the near future, they will fail. In short, the Democrats will never get back Christmas if they continue to ignore Easter. But more about that later. Here is Press's argument: The essence of religion is morality (his own words); the Republicans misrepresent Christian morality; Democratic Party policies are more in tune with Christian morality, particularly the Jesus of the Gospels; and finally, if Democrats would only stand up and publicly proclaim their belief in Christian morality, they would win back the religiously active vote.
Press is a lifelong Catholic, a product of Catholic schools, and had spent ten years in seminary before deciding not to enter the priesthood. He is angry-and says so repeatedly-that his party is seen as unfriendly to people of faith, while the Republican Party has become the home of most religious voters. He does not hide from the data that support this observation-for example, that 64 percent of the voters who attend religious services each week voted for Bush in 2004 while 35 percent voted for Kerry, according to exit polls conducted by the Pew Research Center. Press gives the impression of a man honestly attempting to understand why religious voters would be attracted to Bush and the Republican Party. What's surprising is how he avoids seeing the real issues.
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