Those who lament the promiscuous mixing of religion and politics over the past few decades will continue to have much to complain about. To ascend to center stage in presidential politics, candidates will still have to prove their bona fides as people of faith, but as religion becomes something that Democrats and Republicans alike discuss, there will be less to gain from discussing it. In their runs for the White House, candidates will be talking less about Jesus and more about jobs, less about God and more about government.
I suppose it is crass to talk of religion as a pawn in contemporary American politics, but it is crasser still to enlist God in our political projects, as if we really knew what Jesus or Yahweh or Allah would do about the stock market or the war on terror. So while those who favor the strict separation of church and state might have something to cheer about as all this talk of God makes talking of God less politically expedient, those who want to let God be God might have something to cheer about, too.