August 7, 2008 3:18 PM
Obama's "Catholic problem"
It was bound to happen. Jews, Hispanics, low-wage white workers, ticked-off Hillary supporters, and now the Catholics.
Excerpt from today's NYT:
This year, the party is considering giving a speaking slot at the convention to Mr. Casey's son, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who like his late father is a Roman Catholic who opposes abortion rights.
The likely shift reflects concern among Democrats that they need to do more to regain the allegiance of Roman Catholic voters, who broke decisively for President Bush in 2004 and could be crucial to the outcome in a number of battleground states this year. Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, lost the Catholic vote badly to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, like Mr. Obama, is a supporter of abortion rights, during the primaries in states like New Hampshire, Missouri and Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Catholic voters preferred Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama by a 40-point margin.
Brings to mind this somewhat contradictory tidbit from last month's Pew Hispanic Survey:
Obama has strong support across all demographic groups of Hispanic registered voters -- except those who identify themselves as religious, but non-Catholic. That group goes to McCain, 33% versus 59%.
Latino Catholics go with Obama over McCain, 71% to 59%.