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Right Says Party Lost, But So-Called 'Values Voters' Won

Gary Bauer, Brent Bozell, and CWA cite anti-gay marriage amendments. Rod Parsley, FRC, and Focus on the Family also applaud amendments.

Right Claims Some New Dems As Their Own

But worry they won’t be in charge: FRC’s Perkins, Marvin Olasky, National Right-to-Life.

Armey: Wedge Issues Failed GOP

“You can't build a winning constituency based on anger” over gay marriage, immigration, writes former House speaker. Viguerie: GOP leaders should “get out of the way.”

Tancredo Predicts Comprehensive Immigration Reform: 'We Will Fight It, We Will Lose'

He’s “absolutely horrified.” WSJ: Immigration hard-liners failed, and hurt GOP’s Hispanic outreach. But anti-immigrant group FAIR interprets the opposite.

After Abortion Ban Rejected in South Dakota, Right 'Going Back to Drawing Board'

Says militant Operation Rescue. FRC’s Perkins failures in SD and parental-consent measures in CA and OR “need only minor adjustments,” meaning exceptions. But American Life League says ban failed because of exceptions. National Pro-Life Action Center still optimistic.

Right's Eyes Now on Supreme Court with 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Case

Center for Reclaiming America for Christ delivers 170,000 petitions – and cheers on Bush-appointed justices. American Center for Law and Justice’s Sekulow is “optimistic.”

Perhaps Colson Isn’t the Best Example

Appearing in Wednesday’s edition of the Washington Post was an op-ed by Joseph Loconte and Michael Cromartie, both affiliated with the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center, entitled “Let's Stop Stereotyping Evangelicals.”

The gist of the piece was that the culture’s conception of evangelicals “is a gross caricature” because it ignores “evangelicalism's deepening social conscience.” 

There can be no doubt that certain segments of the evangelical community have long been committed to social and justice issues beyond the Right’s standard anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda. In fact, as we noted in a post the other day, the National Association of Evangelicals is attempting to broaden its agenda to include everything from global warming to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Of course, such efforts have not been welcomed by some right-wing pundits and Religious Right leaders, some of whom are attempting to discredit this effort by tying it directly to the NAE’s disgraced former president, Ted Haggard. 

Loconte and Cromartie insist

Even the Moral Majority in its most belligerent form amounted to nothing more terrifying than churchgoers flocking peacefully to the polls on Election Day. The only people who want a biblical theocracy in America are completely outside the evangelical mainstream, their influence negligible.

So as Jerry Falwell and other ministers were jumping into politics, leaders such as Charles Colson -- former Nixon aide turned born-again Christian -- were charting another path. In 1976 Colson launched Prison Fellowship, a ministry to inmates, to address the soaring crime problem. Today it ranks as the largest prison ministry in the world, active in most U.S. prisons and in 112 countries. "Crime and violence frustrate every political answer," he has said, "because there can be no solution apart from character and creed." No organization has done more to bring redemption and hope to inmates and their families.

Colson’s organization has indeed been very effective reaching out to inmates.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been doing so in a manner that is constitutional

Operation Rescue Says Kansas Voters Have Blood on Their Hands

Amid the myriad of losses the Right suffered this election – be it the anti-abortion measure in South Dakota, the stem-cell amendment in Missouri, the parental notification measure in California, the fall of Sen. Rick Santorum, or the loss of more than two dozen seats in the House – nothing seems to have generated as much rage as Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s, an anti-abortion zealot who has long been trying to obtain medical records from women’s health clinics in the state, defeat.

Operation Rescue was practically beside itself   

Morrison Slithers into Kansas AG's Office on Backs of Dead Babies

“Kansas has opted to continue the practice of looking the other way when innocent young girls are taken to abortion clinics by their rapists, who are looking to destroy the evidence of their crimes,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It has also voted to ignore violations of Kansas law that bans post viability abortions. That vote has bloodied the hands of the Kansans who cast those votes.”

Being upset after losing a race that one feels passionately is understandable, but telling the nearly half-million voters who supported your preferred candidate’s opponent that they have blood on their hands is probably not going to generate a lot of sympathy or support.

Pat Robertson Brings DeLay on TV for Election Analysis

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who resigned from Congress after being indicted, was all smiles when he appeared on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” to talk about the election – even as he said he was “really frightened about what the Democrats are going to do to the president's ability to fight the war on terror.” According to DeLay, the Republicans lost because they “played not to lose, and when you play not to lose, you’re gonna lose.”

DeLay on 700 Club

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Right Offers Minority Leader Pence as Their Map to Lost GOP

“[T]he American people didn’t quit the Contract with America, we did,” proclaimed Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) of the Republicans’ loss of the House. As rumored in September, Pence has announced his intent to run for minority leader in the next Congress. His “new vision” is, in fact, the old vision: to “rededicate [the party] to the ideals and standards that minted our majority in 1994.”

Pence speaking at the Values Voter SummitAlready, Pence has garnered the endorsement of Human Events, which certainly sounds a lot like the magazine’s attempt to make him majority leader last winter, when they named him “Man of the Year” after his rise to prominence for his dramatic plan to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by cutting funding to safety-net programs and a grab bag right-wing bugbears.

Other right-wing leaders seeking to regroup and ensure they don’t get left behind as the GOP assesses its political options are also rushing to bolster Pence’s early claim. Pat Toomey, whose Club for Growth worked hard to unseat supposedly moderate Republicans in primaries this year, was nonplussed about the prospect of his PAC helping to topple the Republican’s hold on Congress, and he looked forward to the Club playing an “enormous role” in “rebuild[ing]” the GOP. Today, he says: “I think that Mike Pence would be a great leader for House Republicans.”

David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, insisted that yesterday’s vote was not a rejection of the “ideological vision[]” of the modern GOP, presumably represented by right-wing groups like his, but merely an expression of dissatisfaction in “Republicans' performance in taking us there.” Keene also expressed early support for Pence.

Other groups have yet to weigh in, perhaps preoccupied as they scramble for their own spin on yesterday’s results – see, for example, “Integrity Voters Reveal Values Gap,” from the Family Research Council. But Pence did receive a standing ovation at FRC’s “Values Voter Summit.”