Still, on social policy, Mr Kerry has a clear advantage: unlike Mr Bush he is not in hock to the Christian right. That will make him a more tolerant, less divisive figure on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and stem-cell research.I've seen this before. The Christian right is called intolerant, but these kinds of statements pretty much admit that it is the other side that is intolerant.
If the president is opposed to abortion, gay marriage and stem-cell research then you get a lot of divisiveness because the people who disagree with him will hate him and refuse to cooperate on anything. They'll fight him on foreign policy, national security, education, everything they possibly can, just to make him look bad. But if you get someone who is the opposite, then there is much less divisiveness because the Christian right will be civil and will still work with him on other issues while working politely to get him replaced with a candidate more favorable to them.
Which is really the intolerant group here?