Bush believes in God’s will—and in winning elections with the backing of those who agree with him. As a subaltern
in his father’s 1988 campaign, George Bush the Younger
assembled his career through contacts with ministers of the
then emerging evangelical movement in political life. Now they
form the core of the Republican Party, which controls all of the
capital for the first time in a half century. Bible-believing
Christians are Bush’s strongest backers, and turning them out
next year in even greater numbers is the top priority of the
president’s political adviser Karl Rove. He is busy tending to
the base with pro-life judicial appointments, a proposed ban on
(approved by the House last week) and a $15
billion plan to fight AIDS in Africa, a favorite project of
Christian missionaries who want the chance to save souls there
as well as beleaguered lives. The base is returning the favor.
They are, by far, the strongest supporters of a war—unilateral
if need be—to remove Saddam.