Despite my best intentions to avoid the Internet last week, news of Sarah Palin’s bus tour and her Star of David pendant still somehow seeped into my vacation. Speculation over the 2012 presidential candidates takes up much of the media’s excitement as you can imagine reporters preparing to either flock to Palin’s campaign or write the campaign obits.
Even in the “who’s running for president” speculation, there seems to be fewer religion and politics stories than there were in 2008. Over the past few years, I’ve helped run the politics blog at Christianity Today, where we’ve been tracking news, trends, surveys, etc., and I have seen less religion coverage than during the previous election. You’ll see some exceptions, like this weekend’s coverage of Ralph Reed’s conference, but other stories seem to take priority over religion.
Few reporters have noted religion in the Republican field other than Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Just before Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said he would not run for president, I wrote a column on how he would be the only leading candidate who is a mainline Protestant. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has a new column out noting that (with Daniels out of the race), we probably will not see any mainline Protestants running for the Republican nomination.