I found it fascinating to watch the rollout of Rick Perry’s campaign this week, and the reactions of his opponents, of his party, and of the opposing party. It’s going to be an exciting race. I hope you have enough going on in life to not be paying attention yet, but if you are:
I have a review at The Daily Beast of Fed Up!, Rick Perry’s policy book from last year. I argue that he seems to identify more with the anti-federalists, and the anti-federalist-placating bits of the federalists, than he does with actual federalism. You can check it out here if you feel inclined.
Today, in an op-ed at the New York Times, David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam, authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, turn their attention to the Tea Party and determine that it’s not their desire for a smaller government that unites Tea Partiers, but their desire to [...]
I’ve recently criticized people I felt were too hard on the mainstream media’s coverage of conservative evangelical politicians. But now that Rick Perry has joined Michele Bachmann in the race, the fear in my circles of someone perceived to be an actual theocrat becoming president is palpable.
But a word of caution. It [...]
I could have become Michele Bachmann.
Reading a recent Bachmann profile in The New Yorker felt like attending an awkward cocktail party with former best friends whom I now stalk on the internet but haven’t spoken to in years.
The story describes Bachmann’s influences – including figures like Francis Schaeffer and David Noebel, [...]
In his book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? John Fea explores the history of Christian nationalism, the relationship between Christianity and the American Revolution, and the beliefs of several of America’s founders. The most interesting and original part of the book shows that there have always been significant figures in American [...]
A couple of days ago, at The American Scene, Wheaton professor Alan Jacobs took Andrew Sullivan to task on his recent remarks about “Christianists,” a term he often uses to describe the Christian right, but which, more generally applied, refers to people who fuse “politics and religion for the advancement of political goals.” [...]
Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a list of complaints with Ryan Lizza’s buzz-gathering profile of Michele Bachmann in this week’s New Yorker. Overall, the long report is a pretty impressive piece of work that blends colorful campaign diary with a deeper exploration of Bachmann’s political formation and intellectual influences. As usual, [...]
I have a new column at Patheos on Perry’s “prayerpalooza”:
Asked in 2002 how his faith influences his politics, Rick Perry replied, “I don’t think it does, particularly.” But at the massive prayer rally he hosted in Houston on Saturday, the sitting governor of Texas prayed, “as [...]
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