The stronger the base(s), the more the middle matters
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post - President Obama has indulged in hyper-partisan rhetoric, let on that he’s in favor of gay marriage and pulled the plug on our troop presence in Afghanistan. His base is pleased these days. They should be. His mask of moderation is gone. He’s out there waving the bloody shirt in the class and gender wars.
Meanwhile, CNN reports:
“The Public Religion Research Institute poll showed Obama carrying Catholic and mainline Protestant voters, as well as voters who did not identify a particular denomination.
Romney’s lead among white evangelicals was nearly 50 percentage points, as 68 % chose him and 19 % chose Obama in the survey. . . .
Obama’s advantage among Catholic and Protestant voters was less pronounced than Romney’s lead among evangelical voters. Obama carried Catholics 46% to 39% and mainline Protestants 50% to 37%, the survey said.
It showed him having a larger advantage among those who did not identify with a denomination, by a 57% to 22% margin.”