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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    once again, for those............. (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Sat Nov 11, 2006 at 04:22:27 PM EST
    who didn't get it the first hundred or so times: we are ALL values voters!

    frankly, i am damn sick and tired of the co-opting of the term "values" by the right-wing, as though they have some kind of monopoly on them. they don't. we all have values, just not all the same ones.

    i, and everyone else, is a "values" voter. unlike those who publicly profess that they are, mine are not the values of the soprano family.

    Heh. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Sat Nov 11, 2006 at 04:39:23 PM EST
    The right has values? Who would have thought?

    Any beyond short sighted self-interest? ;-)