Dobson (finally) Endorses Huck
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Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 04:47:34 PM EST
Last night, following the exit of Mitt Romney from the GOP presidential sweepstakes, James Dobson made a dramatic break with his personal history of not endorrsing presidential candidates (except for Bush's '04 uncontested reelection). The Associated Press reported that the honcho of Focus on the Family picked up the phone and called Mike Huckabee to say that he was endorsing his campaign as the Anti-McCain candidate. Well, he probably didn't put it exactly that way, but from this distance it appears that Dobson's endorsement was more anti-McCain than it was pro-Huck.
Dobson [had] criticized 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. He said he'd sit out the presidential election if McCain were the nominee.

Dobson e-mailed the full text of his endorsement to 110,000 supporters via Focus on the Family Action, and posted it on their web site.

Here is the full text:

Dr. James Dobson issued the following statement Thursday, speaking as a private citizen.

I am endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee for President of the United States today. My decision comes in the wake of my statement on Super Tuesday that I could not vote for Sen. John McCain, even if he goes on to win the Republican nomination.  His record on the institution of the family and other conservative issues makes his candidacy a matter of conscience and concern for  me.

That left two pro-family candidates whom I could support, but I was reluctant to choose between them. However, the decision by Gov. Mitt Romney to put his campaign "on hold" changes the political landscape.  The remaining candidate for whom I could vote is Gov. Huckabee.  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. That is why I will support Gov. Huckabee through the remaining primaries, and will vote for him in the general election if he should get the nomination. Obviously, the governor faces an uphill struggle, given the delegates already committed to Sen. McCain.  Nevertheless, I believe he is our best remaining choice for President of the United States.

(NOTE: Dr. Dobson made these statements as a private citizen. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a reflection of the opinions of Focus on the Family or Focus on the Family Action.)




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Sure, as a private citizen I have 110,000 of my closest friends on my e-mail list.
What hypocrisy.

by nogodsnomasters on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 06:18:42 PM EST

Dobson knows that he's not going to see another pseudo-christian fascist even approaching the caliber of Bush Jr. in what remains of his earthly sojourn. That's got to hurt.

Scratch away at Dobson's veneer of Christianity, and the sick, "tough love"/parental/authoritarian will to power shines through.


by razajac on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 04:49:24 AM EST



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