Polling shows that most Americans want their president to be religious. An atheist candidate does not — if you’ll excuse the pun — “have a prayer.”
In today's Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.
Last night's State of the Union was not the best or the worst such speech. And it reflected the political realities of the day. Gone is the aspiration to change the way Washington works. Gone is most of the hope and change. The agenda has shrunk in the five years of Barack Obama's presidency.