Here’s what those well-known scholars of evangelicalism say we’re going to do:
Evangelicals are wary about GOP front-runners John McCain and Mitt Romney. Though much was made of McCain’s retro embrace of Jerry Falwell, his aides know that at best the senator is going to make a truce with evangelicals. He is not at ease talking about his Christian faith, and he’s going to disappoint them on issues like gay marriage. Romney makes a show of having read The Purpose Driven Life and has met with Warren. He has also voiced strong opposition to Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, and Hillary Clinton–all popular stands with Christian conservatives. But that may not be enough for those evangelicals adamantly opposed to his Mormon faith.
In 2008, religious purists will either rally around long-shot candidates like Sen. George Allen or Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, or they’ll sit out the election. More pragmatic conservative Christians may lend their support to a compromised front-runner like McCain or Romney with a lower expectation of what they might receive from him once in office.
Calling Allen a “long-shot” is an interesting move. But more importantly, does this sound like low expectations to you?