Republicans and Christians are not so homogeneous as Democrats and the media pretend. Last year, Indiana Republicans asked Hoosiers if they were in favor of equal rights for gays and lesbians; 70% said yes. That helps Mich Daniels to resist Micah Clark's demands. Then the Terry Schiavo affair demonstrated that Americans, whatever their personal beliefs, do not want politicians meddling in their family matters. In Evansville, last weekend, I met a pastor who told me of a poll of American church goers that reported that between 80% and 90% of those sitting in the pews were angry at the church. The reasons may vary, but I doubt the evangelicals are rejoicing. This morning ABC reports from a poll that 90% of Americans believe that a pharmacist should be required to dispense and prescription that is presented to be filled. This sends a clear message about "faith based" initiatives.
The agenda of the religious right is to impose their beliefs on everyone else, and overwhelmingly, the American people want none of it. They are not good on theory or abstract ideas, they need education (that is denied them in our schools) and they are impatient with the demands of politicians, but their instincts, so it would seem, remain good. Micah, and his ilk know that their days are numbered.