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Holy rollers turn into holy pollers

Cleveland rocks? No, unless you're talking about the rock of ages.

If you believe polls (and I don't, but I might make an exception in this case), 22 percent of voters cited "moral values" as the most important issue, according to this Southern Baptist news service story—and by a supernatural coincidence, 22 percent of voters were "white, evangelical/born-again Christians."

Even more sheep flocked to the polls in Ohio. Southern Baptist bigwig Richard Land, channeling Ohio's secretary of state, claims that "25 percent of Bush's raw vote came from white evangelicals" in that state.

This appears to be an unholy alliance between the nation's largest cluster of churches (the Southern Baptist Convention's 36,000 congregations) and the nation's largest Christian broadcasting empire (Focus on the Family, led by James Dobson and former Reagan Secretary of the Interior Don Hodel). The Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Focus on the Family hooked up to run IVoteValues.com. See the September 10 Bush Beat item, "The Christocrats," for details. (As for the supremely antifeminist Dobson, start with my 1997 look at his gender "guidelines" for Bible study.)

They claim to have registered 54,500 new voters in Ohio in their first-ever formal voter-registration drive.

New born-again types won seats in the Senate and House, too (save for Barack Obama). Meanwhile, all the money from the Upper East Side and Upper West Side couldn't save Tom Daschle. But the South Dakota Democrat was beyond saving, according to people at Focus on the Family. Speaking from the group's Colorado Springs bunker, policy analyst Carrie Gordon Earll told the Baptist Press:

Dumping Daschle—which has been the theme of his opponents in South Dakota—is going to have a major impact on the Senate. [It will have an impact] on marriage, hopefully on human cloning. Daschle almost single-handedly blocked a vote on human cloning a couple of years.

I don't understand. Seems to me we have more clones than before.

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