Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.
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But embracing someone for where he comes from rather than for what he may do has been the hubris of politics throughout history.
Sorry to be the buzz-kill at the liberal victory-party, but this election has been a historic nightmare for millions of gay Americans.
Just for fun, one year ago this week, my magazine E&P decided to have some fun and ask top campaign bloggers at the leading newspapers to forecast what was likely to happen in 2008.
The sight of Barack and Joe Biden, and their families in Grant Park, the warmth of the crowd, and its diversity will long linger as I reflect on how America has changed, and how we have changed ourselves.
Despite talks of its death following the election, within the last two decades the American Christian right has vectored outwards to become a truly global mass membership movement.
In the euphoria the Election night victory, I watched our Wesleyan students celebrating the victory of a man whom they had embraced and in whom they had invested their hopes.
Obama's election does not wipe out the vicious racism of centuries, and Prop 8 shows that there is still work to be done confronting the discrimination of Gay and Lesbian people.
Moms vote. Early exit polls found that moms listened, voted, and played a major role in determining the outcome of this election.
Given a long life and a little luck Barack Obama promises to be a much better president than the Jack Kennedy I can recall.
Maybe I'm just a sucker, or perhaps some misplaced machismo makes me want to defend damsels in distress. but watching Sarah Palin tear up, I actually felt a twinge of sympathy.
The liberal boogeyman card could not be played, no matter how hard they tried. Perceived fear of liberals is far outweighed by the disgust of the actual damage conservatives have wrought.
At Martin Luther King's funeral in Atlanta, Bob Kennedy asked me to campaign for him in the California primary, and I took leave from the new College at Old Westbury to do so.
In the final vote, cable news viewers favored Obama by 11%, he won by 6%. The previous week, we had him ahead by 6%, and would've been dead on, but last week's numbers jumped.
Barack Obama and his family are now preparing to move into the White House - which was built with slave labor. That's progress, isn't it?
With Obama as our president-elect, the country is, in essence, about to enter into its 44th marriage.
We need to invest in multi-dimensional human beings. We need to show that the country cares about culture.
The President-Elect flipped eight Bush states to the blue column and managed to get two states to elect a Democrat for President for the first time in nearly half a century.
We should no longer be adoring fans who are pledging our votes, but instead, the electorate who will hold Obama accountable for the promises he has made and the high standard he has set for himself.
From 11 p.m., when I heard Olbermann announce that Obama had won, until the middle of the afternoon today, I have been speechless. Me! I get paid for words.
Here in California, we appear to have passed Proposition 8
President Elect Obama (smiling broadly) should do ten things as soon as possible: 2. Speak publicly about his regulatory intentions for banks and send a transition team to Treasury.
Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."
Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.
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