I thought Tony Perkins made an interesting case about the way the religious right is evolving. But when I heard him speak Wednesday, he offered one bit of evidence about the movement’s ongoing strength that was hard to accept.The religious right once held weighty influence over candidates, elections, and policy. In their self absorbing quest for "moral purity" they have helped to turn the GOP into a shell of the small-government fiscally-responsible party many of our parents fell in love with.
"The fact that we have a John McCain candidacy shows that the evangelical movement remains strong," Perkins said. Huh? I thought he still had a long way to go to bring social conservatives to his side.
Well, Perkins said, it could have been worse. Despite early polls that held great promise for Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor couldn’t get close to winning the Republican nomination.
Their legacy? A fractured party that can produce no better than Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Tancredo, and John McCain as options for a disenfranchised core. Ain't karma a bitch?