Reading right-wing blogs like Redstate and Instapundit is always a good way to question Democratic assumptions on how politics works. Lately it’s not even as frustrating as it was the last time I tried, since they post primarily about horserace politics.
In his race for U.S. Senate, Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. (D) has been outspent by millions, and his image has been battered by a barrage of negative ads, including the now-infamous spot with a blonde floozy that has been pulled off the air. Several polls show him trailing.
But being an underdog has its own righteous appeal, and the campaign used that status yesterday not only to rally voters but as evidence that God had looked with favor upon the Democratic campaign.
The fact that they are still in the race despite the odds, Ford told an African American crowd at Mount Zion Baptist Church here, was evidence that “we got something else at work.”
“I think the congressman said something wise — we got another manager in this race,” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told the group.
Obama really is a left-wing Dominionist. On the other hand, Redstate is overhyping the issue. Obama’s Dominionism is still not so bad as this of less liberal politicians, like Bush or Lieberman. Obama is a fundamentalist, but he’s still better than the religious right, which says “It’s Dominion that we want, not just a voice.”
And of course, the people on Redstate couldn’t resist making a “The Democrats are hostile to people of faith” argument. The Democrats aren’t hostile to people of faith. They’re not hostile to Byrd, and they had no problem with Lieberman’s fundamentalism; Lieberman got the boot because of his support of Bush. In contrast, I can’t get through a whole week without reading Amy Sullivan rant about how atheists are oppressing her and how the Democrats need to muzzle everyone whose religious views are more liberal than Obama’s.