December 5, 2007

IN THE MAIL: E.J. Dionne’s new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right. Dionne proclaims the death of the Religious Right as a political influence, which seems to me to be an exaggeration. In fact, they’ve achieved a lot of their goals in terms of shifting the debate their way — just listen to the Democratic candidates talk about the importance of religion, and note that vocal pro-choice politics have been marginalized in the Democratic Party and eliminated in the Republican Party — and they’re still around, if lacking the energy they had in the 1980s. Dionne seems to want to see more from the Religious Left, too. We’re likely to see that, since — as I’ve noted before — Hillary is very much a member of the Religious Left.

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