Two dependable Republican voting blocs are starting to desert the sinking ship. Evangelicals are beginning to embrace progressive stances on stewardship in both the environment and poverty reduction.
They say they are tired of the culture wars. They say they do not want the test of their faith to be the fight against gay rights. They say they want to broaden the traditional evangelical anti-abortion agenda to include care for the poor, the environment, immigrants and people with H.I.V., according to experts on younger evangelicals and the young people themselves.
And down in Miami the young Cubans are coming out for Obama’s stance on opening up travel to Cuba.
On May 23, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, who brought his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination here, received a swell of cheers when he told a gathering of Cuban exiles here that he would immediately allow “unlimited family travel and remittances to the island.”
The Democrats are essentially testing the theory that Miami politics have changed. Voters will ultimately decide — and local hard-liners show few signs of insecurity — but at the very least, the debate over travel has sparked what many here describe as the liveliest, most open debate about Cuba that Miami has seen in decades.
Boy, If the Republicans can’t rely on evangelicals or anti-Castro Cubans, who is left?