However, as it turns out, the men and women who had actually come for the Faith and Freedom Coalition event were courteous, informed, reasonable, good-humored people — and the 22 in the group outside the venue were Occupy Wall Street protestors. ”This is what democracy looks like!” the OWS protestors chanted, over and over again. Well, true enough; protesting is a fine democratic tradition. But democracy really looks a lot like the 1000 Iowans who ate fried chicken off paper plates inside the Knapp Center and listened with understanding and appreciation to a far-ranging discussion of political problems and policies, in order to select a candidate who represents their values. As Ralph Reed said to me and Michael Gerson after the event, “This is what’s right with America.”

I agree. It’s not the only thing right with America. But there is something right about the Christian Right.