This Extremely Odd Election

There is something fundamentally weird about this current presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain, in that we have the Democratic candidate being very open about his religious faith while the Republican is supposedly reticent to discuss it, which in turn leads to bizarre statements from Right Wing leaders who don’t quite know how to deal with this new dynamic.

And as such, we end up with mind-bending quotes like this from Gary Bauer, attempting to downplay Obama’s openness about his faith and outreach to evangelical voters:

Christian voters are not hiring a pastor; they’re picking a president … I think we need to be careful not to expect from our candidates what we would expect to hear in church