Eleanor Clift write in a column that excuses Kerry's new found support of the Iraq war and this being perceived as a flip-flop with:
"It was classic Kerry, full of subtleties that get lost in translation."
Full of something, but I thinks not subtleties. Funny what use to be known as being disingenuous is now known as nuance. Eleanor Clift ends by writing about the Catholic vote.
What moves voters is as much art as science. No candidate has won the popular vote without carrying Roman Catholics, and both Bush and Kerry are wooing the Catholic vote. A recent poll shows Catholics evenly divided, with 40 percent committed to each candidate, and 18 percent undecided -- a high number in this polarized electorate. Bush appealed to the pope when he visited the Vatican earlier this year to encourage the bishops to get more involved in the U.S. election by pushing their opposition to gay marriage. Bush did Kerry a favor by activating the bishops because now everybody knows Kerry is a practicing Catholic, and that's a benefit when one out of four voters is Catholic -- and they're congregated in the battleground states.
As for Bush doing Kerry a favor, I wouldn't go that far. But prior to the President's visit to the Vatican in June of this year there had already been months and months of news about the Communion debate and the various opinions of the Bishops. With the constant barrage of editorials crying against the separation of church and state and complaining taht the Bishop's were stepping out of line and being political -I wouldn't think that there were many if any Catholics who had not already informed that John Kerry was a Catholic. This view that Catholics would then vote for someone because they were Catholic is also not very credible. Maybe there are some of those creatures left, but they are basically extinct.
The poll she was referring to must have been the latest one from Gallup that showed that among those Catholics who went to Mass weekly - supported President Bush 52 percent compared to Kerry with 42 percent. For those Catholics who seldom or never went to Church Kerry lead by 57 percent compared to Bush's 39 percent. The overall sample that included both groups Kerry led Bush by 51 percent to a 45 percent margin. This sample of 545 self-described Catholic registered voters must have included more non-practicing Catholics and this is probably accurate that out of the 25 percent of the electorate that identifies itself as Catholic, there are more non-practicing ones.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.