The Brody File
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Campaign will Launch 'Joshua Generation Project'
June 6, 2008
The Brody File has learned that in the next two weeks Barack Obama's campaign will unveil a major new program to attract younger Evangelicals and Catholics to their campaign.
It's called the "Joshua Generation Project." The name is based on the biblical story of how Joshua's generation led the Israelites into the Promised Land.
A source close to the Obama campaign tells The Brody File the following:
"The Joshua Generation project will be the Obama campaign's outreach to young people of faith. There's unprecedented energy and excitement for Obama among young evangelicals and Catholics. The Joshua Generation project will tap into that excitement and provide young people of faith opportunities to stand up for their values and move the campaign forward."
The official rollout won't be for another two weeks or so, but The Brody File has been told the activities will include house parties, blogging, concerts and more.
Rest of article at link above.
I have discussed the Obama/Evangelical Push in two previous posts:
Religious Right - Leaning Towards Obama?
Obama & The Right Wing: Is it All About Race, Or Not?
Last week, Mark DeMoss, who may be the most prominent public relations executive in the evangelical world, stated that he wouldn't be surprised if Obama got 40% of the evangelical vote.
I'm not saying Obama would get that much, but does he really need that much in order to tilt this election? No.
Remember the original hypothesis about Obama and Religion was brought forth on Politicalinaction.com
Now, we have Obama specifically outreaching to evangelicals. Evangelicals are to the GOP what Black folk are to the Democrats. What would happen if there was a Republican candidate that could get 40% of the Black vote? Exactly. That's why this is so serious.
And, it is the reason for
a) the Muslim Smears
b) why The Right went apecrazy over Jeremiah Wright
Those were both attempts to marginalize Obama as a Christian.
Obama is trying to rework the electoral map. He's going after voters in states that previously would have been ignored.
UPDATE: Found this at the Time.com, Swampland website
June 9, 2008 5:07
Evangelicals for Obama?
If this Barna poll of Evangelicals* is right, McCain has a LOT of work to do. From the poll’s synopsis:
But the big news in the faith realm is the sizeable defection from Republican circles of the much larger non-evangelical born again and the notional Christian segments. The non-evangelical born again adults constitute 37% of the likely voters in November, and the notional Christians are expected to be 39% of the likely voters. Among the non-evangelical born again adults, 52% supported President Bush in 2004; yet, only 38% are currently supporting Sen. McCain, while 48% are siding with Sen. Obama. Although notional Christians voted for John Kerry in 2004 by an 11-point margin, that gap has more than doubled to 26 points in this year’s election. Protestants and Catholics have moved toward the Democratic challenger in equal proportions since 2004.