Political Shifts Among Evangelicals?

JaniceShawCrouse.jpgTraditionally, evangelicals and other values voters have voted for conservative candidates who share their worldview and beliefs on the social issues. In a political climate where those values are not fully embraced by any of the candidates, political analysts contend that such voters are turning to the candidate who is most attractive or who “seems” to be “speaking their language.”
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, former Bush’s presidential speechwriter and a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America, said, “Increasingly, the left is recognizing that the values voters are a huge voting bloc that is up for grabs in this election — the same voting bloc that put George Bush in the White House.
Many of those values voters have said that there is no place for them to go in this election, so they are considering sitting out the general election. The left is convinced that if they speak the rhetoric of values, they can lure those voters into their fold. Thus, we are hearing religious, social conservative lingo from the mouths of non-native speakers of the language.”
Crouse concluded, “Much is made of the three-legged stool for political conservatives — one leg for economic conservatives, another for social conservatives and the third for foreign policy hawks. Right now, the stool has only two legs — the economic and foreign policy ones. While those legs are sturdy, they won’t hold up the stool. It will take a strong social conservative leg to rally the values voters who are, first and foremost, pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family. Without their voice in the November general election, the conservative stool will be very wobbly.”
Christian Newswire/ –Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.