Originally Posted by bruce2000ltc
I will aways be greatful for the Bush presidency because he single-handedly destroyed the Christian Right and rendered them impotent.
And this is coming from a lifelong conservative and Republican.
I would say that the Bush administration has shattered the political power of the neo-conservatives, as they are closely tied to specific policies, most of which are unpopular and widely seen as failures.
The struggles of the Christian Right, from my vantage point, are largely the result of actions by members of Congress and others outside of the Bush administration.
The Christian Right has not been able to exert strong political power this election cycle is because they are not united around a candidate that is acceptable to other wings of the Republican party. Part of this is because as the Bush presidency has imploded, the various wings of the party fled in different directions. And the best candidates the Christian Right could have put forward got caught up in the abuse of power that led to the Democrats retaking Congress, or other scandals. Examples of the latter are Trent Lott's praise of the Dixiecrats, George Allen's "macaca" statement, and Bill Frist's failure as a majority leader.
I expect the Christian Right will be influential in the 2010 mid-term elections. And if the Democrats take the White House this year, the Christian Right will be as powerful as ever in 2012.
If you disagree, I would love to hear your point of view.