When it comes to Christian conservatives, New York Times columnist Frank Rick swings between sneering and screeching — depending on whether he thinks the cultural left is winning or losing.
In yesterday’s paper, Rich was ecstatic (his pantyhose were definitely un-bunched) over what he claimed is the growing insignificance of social conservatives.
According to Rich, the “good news in our global economic meltdown” is that “Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years.”
But Rich’s demigod, Barack Obama, says that in hard times, the masses veer to the right on social issues.
In the campaign, Obama observed that when jobs disappear, Middle Americans “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” So, which is it? During economic downturns, do people embrace social conservatism or focus on more important things?
To prove that his side is winning the (now non-existent) culture war, Rich cites a number of polls — one purportedly showing that “55 percent endorse either gay civil unions or same-sex marriage (Newsweek, December 2008).”
As Ann Coulter explains in her new book, Guilty, the media love to cite polls they’ve manipulated.
During the Terri Schiavo affair (when a disabled women was starved to death to massive applause from Rich and The Times), ABC produced a poll (misstating the facts) in which a 63% supported removing Schiavo’s feeding tubes. When a Zogby poll described Schiavo’s condition correctly, 79% opposed denying her food and water.
If most Americans favor gay marriage or civil unions, why do voters keep passing state defense-of-marriage amendments (Arizona, California and Florida last November)? To date, 30 states have prohibited gay marriage, by an average vote of almost 70%.
Looks like the “intrusive and divisive moral scolds” continue to thrive.