Just So We’re Clear about Last Night…

That was not a landslide. This was a landslide:



Reagan (44 states, 489 electoral votes)

Carter (6 states, 49 electoral votes)


Only to be outdone four years later:



Reagan (49 states, 525 electoral votes)

Mondale (1 state, 13 electoral votes)


Which reminds me, Paul, have you seen this new book?

5 responses to this post.

  1. Interesting historical note Matt. Even though Regan had better numbers during the second election, he had more opportunity during the first to make real changes. His second term was hamstrung by a do-nothing Congress and that little Contra thingy.

    I feel very lonely today because I sense I’m in the minority of evangelicals who are unmoved by a McCain loss. John McCain enjoyed a career as a progressive republican for twenty six years (never a conservative) and asked for the impossible in last few weeks of his campaign.

    William F. Buckley (no I have not read the book you noted) gave us one of the defining distinctions that many seem to have missed or never understood. Republican does not equal conservative. One may be conservative (e.g., on a single issue) but that is a wholly different thing than being a conservative.

    Regardless of who is in the White House, our mission as a church remains unchanged. It has been interesting to note on Facebook how many people are all the sudden fans of God’s sovereignty.

  2. How quickly we forget!
    in my case, I dont really remember 1984, I guess I sort of remember the Olympics.

  3. Posted by Scott Christensen on November 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Paul, good points. Just as many people voted for Obama as a vote against Bush, many voted McCain as a vote against Obama.

    I do think this is a time to rise above the fray and instill a little bit of God’s transcendence into the hearts and minds of the members of our flocks. I have done so the last few weeks and have recieved a great deal of appreciation from those that needed a healthy dose of perspective.

  4. Posted by Norma O'Connell on November 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I am thankful that God is Sovereign over all things and as God can raise up wicked men to serve His purposes. May we as believers be prepared for what ever God brings our way as a result of this election. We need to be reminded that this is not our home we are here to serve God and reach the lost.

  5. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on November 6, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Since i get to contribute here i will put this article i wrote in the comment section.

    Every since Sarah Palin decided to join the McCain ticket she has been barraged and attacked from all over the place. For one example of this hatred click here http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/27/effigy-palin-hanging-noose-halloween-fun-says-owner/

    One of the surprising groups that has consistently attacked Gov. Palin has been the “Feminist camp.” Now you would think that this group of ladies would be thrilled that the Republican party choose a gifted WOMAN as the parties first ever national V.P. pick. You would think that they would thrilled George W Bush choose a black woman (Ms. Rice) to serve as our nations Secretary of State.

    Feminists are not for the advancement of women in the workplace and home. Feminists are really only for women who think and act like they think and act. Because Sarah Palin supports more traditional/conservative values she is considered an outsider to this group. I mean heaven forbid that a powerful, intelligent, woman actually supports the right to life for unborn babies OR marriage as defined as a union between one man and one woman. The crazy thing is that Sarah Palin is more than likely an Egalitarian (an Evangelical Feminist) yet Feminists treat her like dirt. Could you imagine if she were actually a Complementarian? Hell’s guns would attempt to shoot her off the face of the planet.

    You probably already knew this but in case you didn’t i thought I’d say it again. Feminists are not for the advancement of women in the workplace and home. Feminists are really only for women who think and act like they think and act.

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