Christian fundamentalism bedeviled the Republican Party in the last primary season. It’s already started again.
It started when Gov. Mario Rubio was asked how old the earth is. Of course, the religious right wants one answer, 6,000 years.
Rubio knows it is not 6,000 years and that evolution has scientific grounding while creationism does not. He just could not bring himself to say it. This allowed reporters and pundits to label him just one more Republican religious nut case.
The worst thing that could happen to Democrats is for an attractive and otherwise competent candidate like Rubio to appear rational about science. Democrats need another Texas Gov. Rick Perry to emerge, praying his way to the 2016 Republican endorsement.
It’s apparent reporters covering Republican candidates think all will be deeply religious. Thus, they see their job as differentiating one candidate’s religious views from the other, paying little attention to anything else.
They will doze through position statements about jobs and national security because all candidate will have the same positions, “I’m for jobs and national security.” They will reach for their pens only when the topic of Religion comes up.
Conservative pundits can complain all they want about this, “It’s unfair. It’s the liberal press.” But, it’s not unfair.
The Republican Party Platforms and its candidates have spent several elections talking up the immorality of gay marriage and abortion. By presenting religious political theater, the political actors are cast as religious wonks, not policy wonks.
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