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Thursday, November 04, 2004
The showdown with morals
All the talk post-election seems to center around the same theme: Democrats' secular arguments don't resonate with a deeply religious country. Somehow Dems need to seize the discussion of morals and articulate their vision in a more moralistic way.
posted by CB @ 9:26 AM
I am very disappointed with the outcome of the election. Having a day to take it in and read and watch all the commentary, I am very surprised that the moral values issue was such a driving force of the election. I think that it was a issue that totally snuck up on everyone, especially the Democrats. I was reading the NYTimes article and it said that when asked what one quality mattered most in choosing a president, Kerry got 91% of those who said "he is intelligent" is the most important presidential quality and 95% of voters who "wanted needed change". Nonetheless, Bush, of which hardly any thought he was the "most intelligent" leader, won (!) largely due to the fact that 91% of voters who needed someone who "has strong religious faith'' voted for him.
It dumbfounds me that people would choose someone who they recognize openly is not the smartest guy over one they feel embodies a strong religious faith as their president to make those crucial decisions. I always thought it was good decision-making and intelligence in a leader that influenced Americans' decision for choosing a president, not this overwhelming undercurrent of religion and conservativism. Be that as it may, I think the Democrats need to do some serious re-evaluating and soulsearching on how to connect with these people, even if they don't really understand it.