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FAMiLY LEADER’s “Declaration of Dependence” and the longstanding tradition of evangelical pledges. – By Molly Worthen – Slate Magazine

FAMiLY LEADER’s “Declaration of Dependence” and the longstanding tradition of evangelical pledges. – By Molly Worthen – Slate Magazine.

Sign Here, and Here, and Here

FAMiLY LEADER’s “Declaration of Dependence” is just one in a long line of evangelical manifestos.

When Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed the FAMiLY LEADER’s “Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family” last week, many observers wondered the same thing: Who is this mysterious FAMiLY LEADER, and what gives him the authority to demand that candidates for public office affirm his list of proclamations against the “redefinition of the Institution of Marriage” and other 21st-century sins that he condemns not only on behalf of “Christian Scripture,” but also “Classical Philosophers,” “Natural Law,” and the “American Founders” themselves? Just who does he think he is—and what is going on with that sinister lower-case I?

Although the name sounds like an epithet that Kim Jong-il might select on one of his off days, it turns out that the FAMiLY LEADER is an Iowa nonprofit affiliated with Focus on the Family. Its mission is to provide “a consistent, courageous voice in the churches, in the legislature, in the media, in the classroom, in the public square … always standing for God’s truth.” (The lower case I is meant to signify the individual’s submission to family and God.) Despite their obscurity outside Iowa, the authors of the “Declaration” claim the right to call out politicians on behalf of all conservative Christians. And, oddly, there is nothing unusual in this chutzpah: They are following a long-standing tradition of evangelical Christian manifestos, pledges, and declarations.

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Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com

Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com.

Issues? Who can run the country? The language of democracy? Hey, that’s not what we are about. We are all about who won.

Here is who won – – and lost – – the first major Republican debate, which was broadcast by CNN from Manchester, N.H., on Monday night. It is guaranteed accurate to three decimal places.

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Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com

Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com.

The Des Moines Register poll released Saturday confirmed what the other GOP presidential campaigns already knew: In Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is for real.

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The congresswoman’s cool, dismissive response to an unmistakeably provocative question may have provided a clue that explains her rapid ascent from cable television culture warrior to contender: Far from being a one-dimensional character who can play only at the extremes and at high volume, Bachmann is a polished politician with more adaptability than she is given credit for.

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Michele Bachmann, others raise millions for political campaigns with ‘money blurts’ – The Washington Post

Michele Bachmann, others raise millions for political campaigns with ‘money blurts’ – The Washington Post.

In the ever-evolving world of campaign fundraising, some
politicians have stumbled on yet another way to bring in buckets of
cash. Let’s call it the “money blurt.”Here’s how it works: An up-and-coming politician blurts out
something incendiary, provocative or otherwise controversial. The remark
bounces around the blogs and talk shows and becomes a sensation.

And in the midst of it all, the politician’s fundraisers are manning the phones and raking in the donations.

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US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian

US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian.

US national debate needs pragmatists, not people who indulge grievances and parade prejudices as badges of identity

The US Republican party has made a bad start showcasing its presidential talent as it begins to choose a candidate to run against Barack Obama next year. Its prime exhibit is Mitt Romney, who made his personal fortune downsizing companies, but whose current message – ironically – is “jobs, jobs, jobs”. He joked to unemployed Floridians, that he, too, was unemployed. Few laughed. Or there is Michele Bachmann, who makes sense to the evangelical right, but sounds almost unhinged to many others. Her answer to faltering economic recovery? Close down the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the full article here: The Guardian, online edition, June 19, 2011

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