"The nearly three-decade-long ascendancy [of Christian conservatives] in the Republican Party is over."
So saith Steven Thomma, a religion reporter for the McClatchy newspapers.
He marshals what evidence he has of that, none more potent than Rudy Giuliani's popularity in Republican polls (and the corresponding anemia of Sam Brownback's and Mike Huckabee's numbers).
The American public may just be fed up with politicians who want to be Preacher in Chief. And with puritanical pressure groups whose own houses have revealed plenty of disorder.
SECRET MEETING OF CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES DETAILED
At a secret meeting in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Mullah James Dobson and other Christian conservative leaders threatened to mount a third-party candidate if Rudy Giuliani gets the Republican nomination.