Saturday, February 09, 2008

On Jesus, swords and rocket launchers

More American political trivia:

Relevant magazine asked its readers which presidential candidate they thought Jesus would vote for. Relevant magazine's readers are Christian evangelicals, more than 3 in 4 of them voted for George Bush. These are the people who got Bush elected twice.

According to evangelicals, the message Jesus wants to hear this year is 'Yes, We Can'. More evangelicals thought Jesus would vote for Barack Obama, than those who thought it would be Mike Huckabee, who is explicitly the Christian evangelical candidate and used to be a pastor. Obama got more votes than Hilary Clinton and John McCain combined. If Obama is the Democratic candidate in the general election, there's going to be a lot of previously solid Republican votes up for grabs.

On the other hand, this is a brilliant explanation from one Democrat voter about why he's voting for Hillary:

"I like swords. Swords are cool. But if I’m going to a gunfight, I’m not bringing a sword. No matter how cool swords are, guns are better. Aesthetically less pleasing perhaps, but in the coming years, I would rather America be led by the smartest, most experienced person. America is in dire straights as far as I'm concerned. Obama is a knight weilding a sword and people are lining up behind him cheering. Filled with hope. Thats a great thing. Hilary is an evil genius with a rocket launcher.

I wish Obama all the best. I just think Hilary will be able to accomplish more thanks to her experience and attitude. Obama will try to reach across the aisle and will waste valuable time doing so. And it will get him nowhere. I think he'll spend his first two years in the White House learning the lessons Hillary already learned."


At 9:06 am , Blogger scott redding said...

The evangelical thing is interesting. "In These Times" has had a few articles on non-stereotypical evangelicals in the US (one article on Latinos and one on progressive evangelicals).


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