Why Does Bush Take Evangelicals for Granted?

Conservative evangelical Christians have been among President Bush’s most loyal supporters over the last five years. So why does he continue to take them for granted?

Reviving a major plank of his re-election campaign, President Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Tuesday.

The president’s address to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention — the fourth year in a row he has spoken to the conservative evangelical gathering — was crafted to rally the social religious conservatives who make up a crucial part of Bush’s governing coalition.

What’s not mentioned: according to the White House website, Tuesday marked the first time President Bush has mentioned the same-sex marriage ban in a public address since Election Day 2004. If the president truly valued the support of conservative evangelicals, he wouldn’t just mention their issues during election season or when his approval ratings were flatlining.