Kresta in the Afternoon – February 6, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic - Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shot and October Surprises

    Today's political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections--from George Washington to G. W. Bush.  Now that Super Tuesday is behind us, we get a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren't), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all--political campaigning.

    Second Topic - Clerics and Elected Public Office

    Last week a suspended Catholic priest was elected to the German parliament. He has been an active member of the political party for the past 2 years, having previously been a candidate for the city council in Wiesbaden. His priestly faculties were suspended because of his continued involvement in partisan political affairs. However, last year, Archbishop Angel de Jaro, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, welcomed the victory of a Catholic priest in a local election, but only as an "exception." We look at clerics, elected public office, and canon law.

    Third Topic - Super Tuesday: Catholics, Evangelicals and the Social Conservative Vote

    In the past thirty years, the religiously active voter has migrated to the Republican Party, and the story behind this shift, evidenced in the emergence of Evangelical dominance over mainstream Protestantism and the defeat of liberal Catholicism. But has the trend held in this presidential primary? We look at the results of Super Tuesday with Deal Hudson, author of the forthcoming Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States.

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