For better or worse, Evangelicals have enough clout to carry elections and Senator Barack Obama has kept no secrets in his attempt to court them. But is Obama’s pandering another sign that he is drifting from his liberal base–or just a wasted effort to persuade a historically republican voter block?

The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO! Senator Obama speaks openly of his Christian faith (he is not a Muslim…for the millionth time already), and his recent appearances at the Saddleback & Compassion forums, provided thoughtful, nuanced, and deliberate answers on faith.

Obama understands when it’s appropriate to quote the Bible, has broad knowledge in religious theology, and speaks the language in Christian terms effectively.

I admired his response, in particular, to our country’s greatest moral failure: “We still don’t abide by that basic precept of Matthew…that whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me.” The truth of his statement, especially when held to our last eight years under Bush (Katrina anyone?) could not have been more clear.

But when it was McCain’s turn at Saddleback, he delivered robotic lines that fed to the cheers of the crowd. With the question, “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?” McCain growled, “At the moment of conception.”

I find his incessant reference to the audience as “My friends” to be ingratiating and insincere, like that of a used car salesman (he’s certainly no friend of mine…especially after these comments). (READ MORE)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In our new Blindie feature, “Confessions of an ObamaVoter,” Thai–a Chicago native who has been a Barack Obama supporter since his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention–is our “ObamaVoter” and will provide commentary throughout this exciting political season. Enjoy!

With Barack Obama’s overseas tour behind him, John McCain twisted Obama’s massive success by creating the next political fear tactic: It’s not the Muslim thing…Or the Black thing…Or the Elitist thing…It’s the Celebrity thing.

Comparing our generation’s JFK to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, the McCain camp attempted to diminish Obama to a frivolous star. This baseless character accusation is a clear distraction from the litany of problems our nation needs to address. Recession? Health Care? War?

But maybe McCain will have the last laugh, as recent polls suggest that there is a disengaged voting collective that feels there is too much coverage of Obama. Nevertheless, the Obama campaign responded with their similarly-themed attack ad, accusing McCain of being Washington’s biggest celebrity. (READ MORE)

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