Monday, July 21, 2008

Dobson and McCain Sitting in a Tree ...

One thing you can say about right-wing religious wackos like James Dobson is that their unwaivering hate and myopic and self-serving views on life are at least predictable, even consistent, well, usually -- that is until they enter the arena of politics.

James Dobson is now ready to let us know he may be endorsing John McCain, maybe.

We all know there has been no love lost between the two, and Dobson early in 2007 stated emphatically that "under no circumstances" would he support a McCain run for the White House:

I have seen no evidence that Sen. McCain is successfully unifying the Republican Party or drawing conservatives into his fold. To the contrary, he seems intent on driving them away.”
Translation: McCain doesn't hate gays enough, and he also hasn't kissed my ring yet.

McCain has made no direct overtures to Dobson but has been doing his part to court evangelicals. Nonetheless, Dobson, who certainly doesn't want to be the last one standing at the bar at closing time, seems to be having a change of heart:
“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to be broadcast Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

No surprises here of course. After all. McCain is the only "Hate Talk Express" in town, so they better get on board. But, do you think Dobson's endorsement, however lukewarm at this point, will have an impact? Will it start a begrudging drum beat of support for McCain by evangelicals or will it actually turn them off even more?