Back during the Democratic primaries of 2008,
Unfortunately for Hillary, no matter how sincere her Christian faith, she had one big disqualifying mark against her: She was a liberal Democrat.
On a Sunday a couple of weeks before the 2008 Super Tuesday primary, I was in Colorado Springs, one more way station along the campaign trail. The mega-church founded by disgraced pastor
I had a pleasant conversation with an associate pastor named Rob Brendle. Here is what I wrote at the time:
Brendle eagerly shared his political analysis with me. The pastor thinks the country needs "a morally principled diplomat in the White House" like
"What about the
"If Hillary has suddenly started reading the Scriptures, then I'm glad she's reading the Scriptures," Brendle said, but evangelicals are sticking with the
Now, in 2012, nothing has changed.
Not all evangelicals are conservatives -- there is a strong contingent whose faith has led them to focus on issues of poverty and environmental protection -- but most are. They've found a champion much to their liking in