Leveling the praying field

In 2004 the head of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, was introduced to megachurch pastor Rick Warren, author of the mega–best-seller The Purpose Driven Life. McAuliffe stuck out his hand and said, “Nice to meet you, Rick! And what do you do?”

Amy Sullivan tells this story and a good many others to illustrate how clueless Democratic leaders have been about the Christian world, especially the evangelical Christian world. Current DNC chief Howard Dean has committed his own series of blunders: he once derided the Republican Party as the “white Christian party” and later, when trying to connect with evangelicals, declared that Democrats “have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community”—as if, Sullivan comments, Dean was an ambassador “dispatched to liaise with creatures from Planet Christian.”


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