November 4th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Some say Democrats' weak faith outreach partly to blame for losses

(CNN) - Among the many reasons Democrats are giving for why so many lost faith in them at the polls on Tuesday, some are blaming the party for losing faith itself - for neglecting religious outreach and messaging in the run up to Election Day.

"It's been a real challenge organizing at the level of what was done in the last couple of cycles in faith constituencies because of a smaller staff and a small overall commitment," from the Democratic Party, said Burns Strider, who was hired by the party to help with faith outreach this year.


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  1. Herb

    Can the Dems stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ?

    November 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Republicans are Destroying America

    When I was growing up, we had a town drunk who was three sheets to the wind at 9 a.m. He had an uncanny ability to be talking one minute, and crying the next. The actions of the new speaker of the house to cry at a moments notice is similar.

    November 4, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    This is actually a very good point. Just because we vehemently oppose fundamentalist religio-fascist nonsense from the tinfoil hat brigade, claiming that there's no separation of church and state or that "this is a krischun nashun," doesn't mean we shouldn't be alienating SANE people of faith that are in this country. We should be enlisting, encouraging and seeking their support in every way possible. Their voices will be extremely helpful in combatting the extremist political fervor for institutionalizing their dogma in our secular laws as part of the social conservative agenda or their use of islamaphobia as a tool for demogoguing up votes and heightening the sense of a religious divide. People of strong religious conviction who still hold moderate to liberal political beliefs and who wish to continue our tradition of keeping religion and governance separate...they FAR outnumber the zealots, but they get ignored, boith by the media AND by politicians, even though they have a stronger position from which to argue against what is proposed by the religio-fascists that do those of us who are not very religious at all or who espouse more atheist or agnostic vewpoints. It will be interesting (and very important) to see if liberals and moderates can tap that population in the next 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Economy was number 1 issue when unemployment rate is 9.6 party in the power is out

    November 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Republicans are Destroying America

    The republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, as Oprah needs the money. If republicans get this travesty extended, the republicans will add $3 trillion to our national debt and they will then say the increase of debt is Obama's fault.

    November 4, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Chipster

    This President has helped Veterans so much with education, job training, housing, and bringing 2 wars to a close soon. You would think they would have turned out. They didn't. President Obama & Democrats ended abuses by credit card companies and insurance companies. You would they that consumers would show up to vote. They didn't. Republicans want to dismantle Medicare. You would think Seniors would vote to help Democrats to protect it. They didn't. Republicans plan to privatize the VA! Again, veterans didn't turn out for that either. Those who voted, said they support repealing health care reform and cutting govt spending. The President and Democrats should cooperate with Republicans to give the voters what they voted for. Maybe then, veterans, seniors, working people, etc. will know why they should have turned out to vote!

    November 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. The election had little to do with religious issues. It really was all about the jobs......which no one is doing anything, about.

    November 4, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm Catholic and I don't know about all that.
    IMHO the reason why Democraps lost was because they did NOT stick together and by their President until too late in the election cycle. Hell, they turned me off!
    Give credit where credit is due: the Rethugs pulled it off by sheer stick-to-it-vitness(sp!) Lockstep worked for them.
    When you don't stand by your leader, and seek to distance yourself from him by being inanother part of the state, you're sending a very contradictory message to the electorate.
    You blew it Democraps: by kow-towing to the opposition; by not standing firm inyour beliefs; by leaving the President flapping in the wind by himself; and by not TOUTING all that you've accomplished.
    How the hell is is that those that did akll the work failed to get the proper recognition? Get your message together, and your freaking Party!

    November 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Democratic Party, said Burns Strider, who was hired by the party to help with faith outreach this year.

    Huh??!! Why aren't all the atheist libtards in here going wild that the DemocRAT Party is wasting money on involving all these "religious nuts"?!! Isn't this like supporting creation theory instead of evolution? Just how do all you libtards resolve this inconsistency? Aren't you the party of non-relious people? And just how do you approach religious people when you support the abortion of millions of children?

    November 4, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Sue

    Republicans "won" because the Democrats didn't vote in big numbers. This might not be so bad. Because after two years of
    Republicans, the country will probably turn blue again. Like in 2008. Funny how this works.

    November 4, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |