As part of the never-ending quest for political metaphors after the red-blue divide, the Pew Research Center for People and the Press has developed a nifty little online test in an attempt to give a snapshot of the basic political viewpoints in the land. The resulting report includes more than a few doses of religion.
Overall, the result is a series of camps framed to undercut the much-cursed red-blue divide. Here's a place to see the various types of politicos.
I still think there are some crazy twists and turns here, and I am one who thinks that the clout of strong red-zip-code people and the elite blues is one of the major stories of the year. The 10 percent or so of true believers on left and right are real. They have power, in their niche. They affect key states and primaries. There is a story here -- probably more than one.
And religion is a key part of the equation in this Pew study. For example, it says there are three kinds of conservatives -- Enterprisers, Social Conservatives and Pro-Government Conservatives. Note: Three kinds. Then one of the other basic camps consists of "conservative Democrats."
Wait a minute.
Three plus one equals . . . FOUR? Right? I am not very good at math and, perhaps, neither is the copy editor for this study. Well, I guess there are no conservatives in the Democratic Party. And they don't go to church more often than other Democrats, either (and they are not largely Hispanic or African American).
So take the test. I did. Let us know how you scored, if you wish. Anyone want to label each member of the GetReligion borg?
I already know my handle. Clue -- I am not in the GOP (cue: gasp from some readers).