Is “the American Dream” a Christian Dream?

I have been–and will remain–relatively quiet about the presidential campaign. (I can muster enthusiasm for municipal politics, and perhaps even state politics, but remain completely cynical about federal politics.) However, my patience for leftish evangelical infatuation with Obama is spilling over a bit this morning (almost equal to my cynicism for an evangelical right that could get behind McCain).

I’ll just register one question, given the fact that even Stanley Hauerwas has said, “I’ll probably vote for Obama.” It seems that the thrust of this week’s Democratic Convention–presaged in Michelle Obama’s speech last night–will be to emphasize that Barack Obama is a “mainstream American” who has benefited from and lived out “the American dream.”

But is the American dream a Christian dream?