The achilles heel of the Republican Party may be its unsophisticated and absolutist “value voters.” It’s obvious that the Democrats play them for fools---and unfortunately seem to be getting away with it. How do we inoculate the evangelical Protestants and conservative Catholics before the inevitable “October Surprise” of each and every election cycle? A few years ago, it was George W. Bush’s drunk driving conviction some twenty years earlier. This year it is the Mark Foley mess. What will it be the next time? And there will definitely be a next time! All human beings are sinners and some Republican is going to goof up. Democrat activists like George Soros are doubtlessly funding the spying on any Republicans not completely living up to their stated ideals. Only one incident seems sufficient to cause enormous damage.
What ever happened to the concept that Christian believers should be innocent as doves while also being wise as serpents? Both Thomas Aquinas and Reinhold Niebuhr taught that politics is often an acceptance of the lesser of evils. We elect imperfect politicians to implement the policies that adequately underpin a viable society. Are we to settle only for saints? If so, we are deep trouble.