Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pat Buchanan on Sen. Obama's Catholic Problem

(Hat tip: Fidelis)

Notwithstanding Prof. Kmiec's sycophancy, Sen. Obama has some serious problems among Catholic voters according to Pat Buchanan:

In the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama rolled up more than 90 percent of the African-American vote. Among Catholics, he lost by 40 points. The cool liberal Harvard Law grad was not a good fit for the socially conservative ethnics of Altoona, Aliquippa and Johnstown.

But if Barack had a problem with Catholics then, he has a far higher hurdle to surmount in the fall, with those millions of Catholics who still take their faith and moral code seriously.

For not only is Barack the most pro-abortion member of the Senate, with his straight A+ report card from the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood. He supports the late-term procedure known as partial-birth abortion, where the baby's skull is stabbed with scissors in the birth canal and the brains are sucked out to end its life swiftly and ease passage of the corpse into the pan.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
A Couple of Interesting Posts from Catholics in the Public Square

New Quinnipiac Poll: Obama's Catholic Problem Persists

Fidelis on "Obama’s Catholic Problem" [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"

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At 8/12/2008 1:09 PM, Blogger gordon gekko said...

I don't know how this problem is unique to Obama.

In my mind, he's no different than any other democrat in terms of their support for abortion.

Maybe someone can clue me in on how and why Obama's support among Catholics is different than any other democrat.

At 8/12/2008 1:19 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I think the point of Buchanan's piece is that Obama had huge deficits among Catholics while running against Hillary during the Democrat primaries, and that those problems will be exacerbated in the general election.

In other words, Buchanan may be saying that Hillary would have been a better candidate at getting Catholic votes than Obama. She might not have won the Catholic vote outright, but she probably wouldn't be running a 15-point deficit against McCain as polls indicate that Obama currently is.

I don't know how accurate that assessment is, but that seems to be what a number of commentators are saying.


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