It’s the culture (and something else)

There is only one way that this pro-life Democrat can respond to the following little story in The Washington Post: Duh. You think? You think there’s a reason that people of various social groups keep voting against their economic self-interests? Here is the money quote about new data collected by Democratic strategists:

. . . (The) bad news: “As powerful as the concern over these issues is, the introduction of cultural themes — specifically gay marriage, abortion, the importance of the traditional family unit and the role of religion in public life — quickly renders them almost irrelevant in terms of electoral politics at the national level,” the study said.

Read it all. Hey Dan Balz, do you think this study deserved a bigger story?

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Dan Crawford


    And from me, a double “Duh. You think?” The Democratic Party has sent me several surveys in the past few months – they are all focused on ABORTION, GAY RIGHTS, THE TERROR OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT, AND BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. I have written lengthy notes encouraging them to pay more attention to outsourcing, gas prices, exorbitant cost of medical care, the need for two incomes in the families of those not blessed with graduate degrees to maintain an adequate home, the incredible inequities in access to higher education and the even more obscene costs of college – well, you get the picture. Apparently, the Democrats get all their information from Planned Parenthood, PFLAG, NARAL, NOW, and all the other sophisticated and completely out-of-touch constituencies they have sold their souls too. Unfortunately for the Dems’ former constitutents, the alternative party is equally horrendous.

  • tmatt

    But the smart folks on both sides have noticed that very few people are voting their wallets.

    Rich elites are voting for the Democrats, while the GOP serves up the tax cuts. Why? Moral Libertarianism.

    The blue-collar world is, for the most part, voting GOP even though that it not in its self interest, either. Why? Traditional views on social and moral issues.

    I am not saying that the economy does not matter. I am saying that it is currently secondary and NOT driving the voters who are motivated.

  • Steve

    I can only, sadly, conclude that the leaddership of the Democrat party view the average american voter as a whore. “We’ve upped the offer now why won’t you roll over and put out for us?”
    Isn’t an “economic self-interest” the offer of a payoff from government funds for giving the Democrats a vote?

  • Tom R

    This lends itself to a “The Far Side” cartoon caption: “Well, yes, Lurleen, technically it is federally-sponsored infanticide and adultery, but look on the good side… Your dental care will be 23% cheaper”.