‘Old lines between Catholics and Protestants … have been replaced’

“[In choosing a running mate who is Catholic, Romney showed that he is not worried about damaging support among Protestants,] … Continued

“[In choosing a running mate who is Catholic, Romney showed that he is not worried about damaging support among Protestants,] especially those who don’t think of themselves as evangelicals. I’m not saying that Romney thought he could afford to take them for granted. But clearly he felt that he could reach out in another direction. [...] The old lines between Catholics and Protestants which were dominant in our politics as recently as the 1960 election have been replaced by new lines of division, not between denominations but within them. So you now have a coalition of evangelical protestants and traditionalist Catholics, and Orthodox Jews as well. … It is a very important fact about American politics today.”

William A. Galston, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of a Catholic running mate as an example of new religious/political divisions in the nation.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wave as Ryan is announced as his vice presidential running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk.

  • di89

    I think he’s just figuring the evangelicals are in the position of “Lord, to whom would we go?” If people are in a mood to vote for anyone halfway competent who’s not Obama (or just anyone with a pulse who’s not Obama) then they won’t not vote for a Catholic just because they’re Catholic…they may not prefer that, but they will put up with it.

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