Friday, February 08, 2008

Evangelical assholery

By Michael J.W. Stickings

The AP is reporting that James Dobson, child abuse advocate and founder of Focus on the Family, will endorse Mike Huckabee for president.

No surprise there. Dobson hates McCain, just like he hates anyone who doesn't kowtow to his right-wing Christianist agenda -- and to him personally. In fact, he hates McCain so much he won't even vote for him come November. Not that he'll vote Dem or anything, he'll just sit on his ass and not vote at all.

Should he stay in the race -- and note that he likes and respects McCain, unlike Jimmy D. -- Huckabee will almost certainly get a boost from this, just as he'll get a boost from Romney's withdrawal. But it won't matter. Huckabee may be a social conservative, but he isn't what the anti-McCain purificationists of the conservative movement are looking for. While he could make some races more competitive, it's doubtful he'll stay in the race much longer.

The truth that the right now faces is that McCain will be the GOP's nominee for president, a nominee without the support of most conservatives, a nominee loathed by many among the party's core constituencies (justifiably or not).

All the Dobson endorsement means now is that Huckabee is sure to be on McCain's veep shortlist.

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  • Just curious as to why you refer to Dobson as a "child abuse advocate".

    I would love to know the background of this epithet so I can justifiably use it myself.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 PM  

  • All these promises by Conservatives that they will stay home are so much hot air. Not one single Conservative will fail to vote Republican in november, no matter what. The republicans could nominate Pol Pot and Conservatives would obediently vote the straight party line. And that includes the Religious Right.

    All these complaints now are just meant to get John McCain to make backroom promises, such as allowing James Dobson right of refusal on all judicial nominations and the keys to the doors at the Justice Department. Nothing more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:33 PM  

  • Wasn't Pol Pot a Republican?

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 3:39 PM  

  • Wmforr: Dobson has written various self-help books for parents. One of his more well-known books is Dare to Discipline, wherein he recommends spanking. Now, this may be a point of contention with some: is spanking abuse? Dobson says that "corporal punishment should not be a frequent occurrence," and that "discipline must not be harsh and destructive to the child's spirit," but also that "the spanking should be of sufficient magnitude to cause the child to cry genuinely." He goes to great lengths to distinguish this sort of "discipline" from "abuse," but, to me, this is the latter. In another book, The Strong-Willed Child, Dobson advocates submission to authority.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 3:44 PM  

  • Dobson will eventually endorse McCain: he's just doing this to apply pressure to McCain to give in to the fundamentalists' agenda. McCain, after all, showed that he'll cave in to such pressure with that revolting ass-kissing of Falwell.

    Ed Brayton posted on this, and I agree with his analysis.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  

  • By Blogger mirckeyfi, at 1:45 PM  

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