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December 9, 2008

How Big the Tent?

John Boehner bubbles that Ahn Cao, Vietnamese-American congressman from New Orleans, is the future of the Republican Party. Likewise Newt Gingrich: "This is the opposite of red-vs.-blue, base-mobilization politics." Meanwhile, African-American RNC chair wannabe Michael Steele rages against GOP conservatives who, in shutting him out, would shut out moderates:

They have been beating me upside the head with it and let me give it to you straight on: Wake up people. I mean what are you going to do? Are you going to kick these folks out of the party? I have watched this party self disintegrate for the last four or five years. I've watched this party isolate itself from itself.

Stay tuned.

(Originally published at Spiritual Politics.)


Mr. Steele cannot see the forest for the trees. Like other "big tent" moderates, he doesn't realize that the moderate stance is the very reason the republican party lost the election. Mr. Obama won because he enunciated and stood by his liberal vision. Had the republicans put forth a candidate with a strong and reasoned conservative vision, they may have won. McCain, for all of his use of the word "conservative," came across as a compromising moderate. I believe a lot of people voted for Mr. Obama simply because they knew where he stood on issues.

I read where Billy Graham said, "Evangelists cannot be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle in order to preach to all parties, right or left." We do need to remember that Christians and people we want to win over are spread across parties and come in many flavors - moderates, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc. Expecting a particular party to become the approved source for representing Christians is like playing with fire.

I posted a response yesterday that was short, diplomatic, reasonable - referring to a quote from Billy Graham about reaching out to everyone. I notice it hasn't appeared. Did you find the quoter offensive? Is there some reason my comment was not posted? Wasn't relevent in someone else's mind? Politically incorrect for this blog? I'm curious.