Schlafly Away

December 06, 2011

Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent conservative Christian political activist, has made her endorsement for president in 2012--Michele Bachmann. Touting Bachmann's work against "ObamaCare" and for "traditional values," Schlafly argued:

If I were an Iowa voter, I would be making plans right now to cast my vote for Michele Bachmann for president on January 3. I hope you will take advantage of this golden opportunity to support a candidate we can all be proud of.
As I noted in my book (Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics), Schlafly was an important figure in helping establish our age of confessional politics. Although not as important of a religious-political figure today as she was in the 1970s and early 1980s, Schlafly is still held in high regard by many conservative Christians. Her endorsement will likely do little to help Bachmann's struggling campaign, but it might bring in a few extra votes. Regardless, the fact that Schlafly deliberately decided not to endorse "one of the two who currently lead in the polls" demonstrates that both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are struggling to unite or excite conservative Christians. Iowa Republicans vote in just four weeks, but conservative Christian leaders still seem quite divided.