On the other side, I am still a little stunned at the hatred from the far right toward John McCain. Has the GOP shifted so very far to the right that they really think that someone like John McCain is a liberal? That seems ridiculous on its face. James Dobson, for example, is all upset:
"I'm deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, who voted for embryonic stem cell research to kill nascent human beings, who opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, and who has little regard for freedom of speech, who organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.I love how opposing tax cuts makes you a liberal. Why does Mr. Dobson not want us to pay for his wars? Where does he find that in his giant Bible? And the foul language? Come on. Was he equally upset by Dick Cheney's use? I doubt it.
Bible Belt Blogger notes that and has a nice little shot at the entire public prayer idea so loved by the right.
Dobson's wife, Shirley, is chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Once each year, she gets invited to the White House so that she and President Bush can publicize the power of prayer with the television cameras rolling.Hmm. Making a show of prayer. That is just so Godly.
If Sen. McCain becomes President McCain, will he continue to allow Dobson to pray in the East Room each May? Or will he tell Ms. Dobson to "enter into thy *#@!#% closet, and when thou hast shut thy *#@!#% door, pray to thy Father which is in *#@!#% secret..."
But what is even more troubling for the Christian right is that Dobson cares more about John McCain's language than he does about our current President's defense of torture. Actually, Bush said in 2005:
“We do not torture,” Bush declared in response to reports of secret CIA prisons overseas.
Of course, at the same time, Bush was supporting Dick Cheney's effort to stop the Senate from outlawing torture.
January '09 really can't come quick enough. And if this primary means that people like James Dobson and Rush Limbaugh lose power, then that can only be good for our republic.