James Dobson, influential leader of the anti-gay and proto-racist Focus on the Family, finally decides one of the GOP presidential candidates is sufficiently theocratic to receive his blessing: Mike Huckabee.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, the spiritual guru to millions on the Christian right reiterates his intense opposition to front runner John McCain and says Mitt Romney's dropping out "changed the political landscape," perhaps implying the evangelical leader was willing to endorse the former governor of Massachusetts, despite historic animosity between the Mormons and evangelicals over key doctrinal issues.
"The remaining candidate for whom I could vote is Governor Huckabee," Dobson said. "His unwavering positions on the social issues, notably the institution of marriage, the importance of faith and the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others ... Obviously, the governor faces an uphill struggle, given the delegates already committed to Senator McCain. Nevertheless, I believe he is our best remaining choice for president of the United States."
This is excellent news and bragging rights for Huckabee, who long sought Dobson's blessing and believes "he is the best fit to advance Dobson's conservative, moral world view."
Throughout the election cycle, the evangelical leader has criticized the leading Republican presidential candidates. Former front runner Rudy Giuliani was derided as an "unapologetic supporter of abortion on demand" and being too soft on the gays. Character actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson was also trashed for not supporting a federal marriage amendment and having "no passion, no zeal." James Dobson has reserved his most intense vitriol for John McCain. The right-wing Christian spokesman says he will not vote for the Arizona senator under "any circumstances" and criticizes McCain "for his support of embryonic stem cell research, his opposition to a federal anti-gay marriage amendment and for his temper and use of foul language."
For what it's worth, the Christian right has attacked McCain for opposing the federal marriage amendment, but, he starred in several commercials for the proposed Arizona amendment that ultimately lost.
Some Background ...
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