Who's it gonna be for the quaking defenders of marriage now? It just keeps getting better. However, even with the Repugs all singing out of tune, I still think it's well within the reach of the Dems to snatch presidential defeat from the maw of victory one more time. They just seem to have a knack for it, and practice makes perfect. Slouching toward November, 2008. 487 days.
Ed Gorski, AP September 19, 2007
DENVER — James Dobson, one of the nation’s most politically influential evangelical Christians, made it clear in a message to
friends this week he will not support Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson.
In a private e-mail obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Dobson accuses the former Tennessee senator and actor of being weak on the campaign trail and wrong on issues dear to social conservatives.
"Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should
be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won’t talk at all about what he believes, and
can’t speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?" Dobson wrote.
"He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent ’want to.’ And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!" (emphasis added)
The founder and chairman of Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, Dobson draws a radio audience in the millions, many of whom first came to trust the child psychologist for his conservative Christian advice on child-rearing..
Dobson’s strong words about Thompson underscore the frustration and lack of unity among Christian conservatives about the GOP field. Some Christian right leaders have pinned their hopes on Thompson, describing him as a Southern-fried Ronald Reagan. But others have voiced doubts in recent weeks about some of the same issues Dobson highlighted: his position on gay marriage and support for the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation.
Dobson and other Christian conservatives support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would bar gay marriage nationally.
Thompson has said he would support a constitutional amendment that would prohibit states from imposing their gay marriage laws on other states, which falls well short of that.
There's more. If you care. I zapped a bunch.
Dobson has now dissed Thompson, McCain and Guilliani for . . . their stances on Iraq? Terrorism? Nope, folks, we've got bigger battles to fight. Gay people want the right to get married like everyone else. It's a heart pounder. The nation is at peril. Onward Huckabee! Brownback! Dasher and Dancer!
BTW, also in the AP article:
Last week, Dobson announced on his radio show that the IRS had cleared him of accusations that he had endangered his
organization’s nonprofit status by endorsing Republican candidates in 2004. The IRS said Dobson, who endorsed President Bush’s re-election bid, was acting as an individual and not on behalf of the nonprofit group.