Monday, July 21, 2008

Getting in Line: Dobson to Endorse McCain

There is not much to like about James Dobson. Whether it is advocating child abuse through so-called tough love, to denouncing gays and lesbians as biological and moral rejects, or using the last hours of serial killer Ted Bundy's life as a form of self-advertisement, Mr. Dobson is by all accounts your typical tax exempt, state-sanctioned hater. However, there was one issue he at least seemed to hold some principle (outside of worshiping fetuses), his opposition to John McCain--with was being the operative word.

Without further ado, the Paul de Lagarde of American politics.

James Dobson might endorse John McCain

Barack Obama's 'radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice,' the conservative Christian leader says.
From the Associated Press
July 21, 2008

Conservative Christian leader James C. Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator.

"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air today. " . . . While I am not endorsing Sen. John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."

Dobson and other evangelical leaders increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race.

In an advance copy of his Focus on the Family radio program provided to the Associated Press, Dobson said that though neither candidate was consistent with Dobson's views, McCain's positions were much closer to Dobson's.

"There's nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context," Dobson said in a statement to the AP.

"Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain," Dobson said.

Earlier, Dobson had said he could not in good conscience vote for McCain, citing the candidate's support for embryonic stem-cell research and opposition to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Of his new position, Dobson said in his statement, "If that is a flip-flop, then so be it.",0,4923398.story?track=rss

This should help McCain to shore up some of the timid support from Evangelical voters. Then again, this is also the same John McCain who, in a moment of candor, had this to say about the religious right.

In some circles, such changing of one's views would be called flip-flopping.

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