The Christianists And Rudy

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says Giuliani is a non-starter for the religious base. Money quote:

While Giuliani's moderate to liberal stances on social issues are beginning to be discussed more and more in conservative circles, Land said the mayor’s annulment, divorce and subsequent third marriage will seal the deal against hizzoner for social conservatives.

"It's got to surface at some point," Land said. "There are too many social conservatives talking about it, and it applies to [Newt] Gingrich, too."

Land talks often about the weight social conservatives carry within the Republican Party, citing exit polling and warning GOP candidates that they can "no more win without conservative voters than a Democrat can without overwhelming support from blacks."

"That's the reality of politics in the early 21st century," he said.

Land's new book has a foreword written by Joe Lieberman.