The Myth of The "Values" Voter
Kevin Drum does some very good work here:
Why do I keep writing about the exit polls? Because of stories like this from the Washington Post's Alan Cooperman:Religious liberals contended that a concerted effort by Democrats since 2004 to appeal to people of faith had worked minor wonders, if not electoral miracles, in races across the country. . . .
Once more with feeling: in the the overall national vote, Democrats picked up 5 percentage points compared to 2004.
. . . Among weekly churchgoers they picked up 3 points.Among white evangelicals they picked up 3 points. . . .
All true. But Kevin, Dems won independents by 18 points and that was NOT a coincidental swing. It was the Politics of Contrast. Good show on this. But don't understate the importance of the Indy swing.
See also digby.
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