Noonan Sees GOP 'Shifting Too Far' Towards Religion

In her Wall Street Journal column last week, Peggy Noonan lamented the fact that religion was quickly becoming too important to Republican voters. “[T]here is a sense in Iowa now,” she wrote, “that faith has been heightened as a determining factor in how to vote, that such things as executive ability, professional history, temperament, character, political philosophy and professed stands are secondary, tertiary.”

Noonan added that “things seem to be getting out of kilter, with the emphasis shifting too far” towards over-valuing religious faith over secular qualifications. She warned that if this trend continues, Republicans may soon find themselves in “a different kind of party.”

Noonan raised a related point today, noting the “famous floating cross” in Mike Huckabee’s TV ad this week, the former Reagan speechwriter called the commercial “creepy.”

Note to Noonan: you helped create this mess; it's too late to complain now.


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