While waiting for the 2044 Republican front runner for President of the USA to be born, I've spent a lot of time on the Internet lately. I began looking at the personal bios of past Presidents and became interested in the religions that had been represented in the White House. One thing that I found quite interesting is the fact that JFK is the only Catholic to ever sit in the seat. (
The Mormons Jehovah's Witnesses have also had just one - Ike). A large amount of the population is (was) Catholic. It got me to wondering, does anyone REALLY care about the religious affiliations of those seeking the most powerful position in the world?
In looking at front runners for 2008, I've tried to take into account several polls, but they vary depending on MANY different factors, so I chose Malkin and Kos for obvious reasons. These only poll on the respective parties, not against each party. The results were slightly unexpected.
The GOP prefer Frist and the dems Clark. I can understand Frist (maybe I'm biased) but Clark? For the record, Clinton came in FOURTH, behind the aforementioned, as well as Feingold and Edwards. When the parties face off, votes were 46% for McCain and 37% for Clinton.
Does the religion matter? In the democratic primary, you have Baptist (Clark) and Jewish (Feingold) facing off. Historically, Feingold wouldn't stand a chance. There have been four Baptists presidents to none for the Jews. Before you jump all over the Southern Baptist Association and the Bible Belt, the Baptists come in fourth place overall. In the Republican primary, you would have Presbyterian (Frist) versus Mormon (Romney). Romney is in the same boat as Feingold. There have been 10 and 1 Presidents, respectively. Following the same logic and think-pattern, the election would come down to Presbyterian vs. Baptist (First vs. Clark). The result would be Frist by a landslide (10 to 4).
Of course, we know many events, besides religion, come in to play in determining who the next President will be (or even who will make it past the primaries). If it did come down to McCain and Clinton, you have Episcopalian against Methodist. Hillary would lose based on our little game here but it is also interesting to note, Bill ran as a Baptist. He beat the last Episcopalian to run (H.W. Bush). I wonder if the Clinton's have ever heard "a house divided cannot stand" or "don't be unequally yoked"? I know, I butchered both sayings, but you know what I mean.
There are HUGE differences in many religions and I suppose that most people think that a sitting President would not push his (or her) religion on the people hence, maybe, the topic isn't discussed much during elections. I admit that I believe in prayer (as any good Southern Baptist would) and I like that President Bush admits that he spends time in prayer. However, would I be comfortable with some less popular religion doing the same in the White House? I just don't know...would you?