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The religious right’s threat of a third-party candidacy

Here’s a poll: How many of you think all the major GOP presidential candidates are sweating buckets right now that leaders of the religious right suggested they may back a third-party Presidential candidate in 2008, due to less than enthusiastic support for the current crop of candidates?

Giuliani’s camp fought back by pumping the media with stories about how the GOP has “to have a candidate that can run in all 50 states,” and arguing that he’s the only Republican contender who can do so.

McCain’s camp arranged for him to give an interview to Beliefnet, where he slandered Islam and suggested that he’d only be comfortable with a Christian president.

Thompson’s been trying to thwart attention from his religion to his tax proposal, in hopes of convincing the religious right to vote with their pocketbooks instead of their bibles.

Huckabee issued a statement saying that a third-party backed candidate would hand Hillary Clinton the election.

And this past weekend, the Boston Globe reported that Romney is doubling his efforts to lure the support of the religious right, by asking Rev. James Dobson of Focus on the Family (the media’s anointed leader of the religious right) to take a second look at his candidacy.

At that’s just the news from the past few days. My god, I don’t even know if the children of Elm Street were this afraid when they went to sleep!

The truth is that Huckabee is probably right. A third-party candidate would handicap the race for Democrats, splintering the coalition of the willing comprised of social conservative s and fiscal conservative s. All of the leading GOP candidates know this, and my guess is that all of them have the head of James Dobson on a dartboard in their war rooms. Imagine having to kiss Dobson’s ass just so he doesn’t pull behind a rogue candidacy?

It’s kind of like the last season of The West Wing playing out in real time. Remember how Alan Alda’s character had to placate the religious right?

Though Tuesday’s Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan is meant to focus on economic issues, I’ll be curious how the candidates work in some religious right talking points to kabash the growing story line that the moral majority is magnificentl y dissatisfied with this bunch. Stay tuned.

(Note: For those who may be interested, I hold a soft spot in my heart for Dearborn, MI. It’s where I tried out for Jeopardy back in 2005. I didn’t make it, but I can hardly hold that against Dearborn. I blame it on Jeopardy’s penchant for asking too many damn opera questions.)


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5 Responses to “The religious right’s threat of a third-party candidacy”

  1. Here’s a poll: How many of you think all the major GOP presidential candidates are sweating buckets right now that leaders of the religious right suggested they may back a third-party Presidential candidate in 2008, due to less than enthusiastic support for the current crop of candidates?

    Absolutely 0%. None. Nada. Because the alternative is the Hillary-beas t.

  2. It’s kind of like the last season of The West Wing playing out in real time. Remember how Alan Alda’s character had to placate the religious right?

    See, this is what the leftists do, try to make life imitate art. Because for the left, TV is life.

    Though Tuesday’s Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan is meant to focus on economic issues, I’ll be curious how the candidates work in some religious right talking points to kabash the growing story line that the moral majority is magnificentl y dissatisfied with this bunch. Stay tuned.

    Tuesday’s debate should contain nothing more than a slamming of the MSNBC “moderator”, Softball’s Chris Matthews. Maybe MSNBC should consider using a journalist to handle this debate instead of a Democratic Party hack who will probably spend the whole debate hawking his new book.

    Speaking of kissing ass, every Democrat brown-noser is so far up George Soros’ ass that they wouldn’t know what daylight is, forget knowing what America is.

  3. “See, this is what the leftists do, try to make life imitate art. Because for the left, TV is life.”

    Riiiiight… I think most people on the Left think TV is garbage, SteveIL. We leave most of it to the lowbrow Right.

    Does that stupid GOP with the endless “Jack Bauer” (24 is a stupid show) ring a bell?

    At least the Left has the taste to reference a reasonably good drama.

    JMJ

  4. […] Clark The religious right’s threat of a third-party candidacy » This Summary is from an article posted at Bring It On! Religion and Society on Monday, October 08, […]

  5. I’d love to see Dobson pull a Nader. Their egos are comparable. I just wonder who he’d run… himself?

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