Knight: evangelicals, Catholics drive Republican rout; leader of homosexuals-in-military crusade ousted
By Robert Knight
To liberals, our 234-year-old republic isn’t a nation of human communities but rather a sorry collection of misfits who need ever more government. Those misfits sent quite a message on Tuesday, however, which ran far deeper than the Republican tide.
Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics turned out in droves, many of them supporting Tea Party candidates and initiatives.
A post-election survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Faith and Freedom Coalition reports that self-identified evangelicals comprised nearly 30 percent of the total vote and cast 78 percent of their ballots for Republicans. The survey also indicated that 52 percent of self-identified members of the Tea Party movement are born-again evangelicals. Roman Catholics, who had voted Democrat in 2006 and 2008, broke for the GOP in 2010, with 54 percent overall and nearly 60 percent of white Catholics voting for Republicans, according to a Pew Forum survey.
Given the nation’s economic crisis and health care takeover, the Tea Parties have concentrated on fiscal issues. But it would be a huge mistake to conclude that they care only about money. They’re worried for their kids and grandkids.
The Tea Party/Christian surge helped the GOP sweep the South, and the gains were so big in the Midwest that one wag called it the “Rust Belt Rout.” Pro-life winners included Pennsylvania’s new senator, Pat Toomey, and the former and now future Indiana Sen. Dan Coats.
In Iowa, voters dispatched three of the state Supreme Court justices who had struck down Iowa’s marriage law – Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit. The other four judges were fortunate not to be on the ballot.
In Oklahoma, voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from applying Islamic Shariah law.
Constitutional amendments passed in Arizona and Oklahoma allowing residents to opt out of certain provisions in ObamaCare. Arizona voters also passed, with 60 percent of the vote, an initiative prohibiting racial preferences in the state’s public institutions, including universities.
Four initiatives to legalize marijuana went up in smoke. California’s Prop. 19, which leftwing billionaire George Soros promoted heavily, failed by 54 percent to 44 percent. Initiatives involving legalized medical marijuana also failed in Arizona, South Dakota and Oregon.
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