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The Dobson Undorsement
Atlantic Monthly ^ | 05 Feb 2008 | Ross Douthat

Posted on 02/06/2008 6:25:17 AM PST by PurpleMan

"He just told Laura Ingraham he won't vote for McCain in the general election."

(Excerpt) Read more at rossdouthat.theatlantic.com ...


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From Jeremy Lott at AmSpectator: Dobson is a political dummy. Alone among religious rightwingers, he has the clout to really influence elections but his attempts to do so have been halting, ham-fisted, and above all ineffective. The man may have many gifts, but an aptitude for politics isn't among them.

Dobson transcript here: http://race42008.com/2008/02/05/breaking-dobson-slams-mccain-on-ingraham/

1 posted on 02/06/2008 6:25:18 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: PurpleMan

A whole list of “sister souljas” is emerging that McCain can show independents and moderates that he is not like the extreme right wing because they hate him so much.


2 posted on 02/06/2008 6:28:11 AM PST by ari-freedom (Support the troops. Support their mission!)
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To: ari-freedom

The barrage that is in store for him from the clintons will not be viewed as Swiftboating but mearly informing the American public, a snowball in hell has a better chance of not melting than Mccain of becoming President.


3 posted on 02/06/2008 6:31:29 AM PST by pennboricua
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To: PurpleMan

I lost respect for Dobson when he weighed in early about Fred’s supposed non-Christianity. Back then he gave his list of who he wouldn’t vote for and I see is still knocking them out. Dobson should stick to what he is good at. When he leaves his comfort zone he screws things up.


4 posted on 02/06/2008 6:31:49 AM PST by donnab (don't blame me ...I supported Fred.)
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To: PurpleMan
I'm no fan of Dobson or his usual antics, but I do share his unbridled disdain for the pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-illegal RINO McCain.

McCain won't support conservative causes. Why on Earth should conservatives feel obligated to support that liberal with an 'R' by his name?

5 posted on 02/06/2008 6:32:04 AM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: PurpleMan
If he endorsed McCain nobody would want to interview him. Maybe Sean Hannity will have him on TV if he says the right things on the radio shows.
6 posted on 02/06/2008 6:36:25 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: PurpleMan

I don’t care for Dobson, but why the heck didn’t he say this a week or 2 ago??
And why the heck didn’t Rush come out for Romney a week or 2 ago??

Why did so many influencial conservatives wait until the last minute?


7 posted on 02/06/2008 6:37:35 AM PST by nuconvert (There are bad people in the pistachio business.)
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To: PurpleMan

Dobson is stupid.


8 posted on 02/06/2008 6:40:10 AM PST by Poundstone
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To: ari-freedom

Maybe this is shock and awe and then in the end somehow they do get out and hold their nose and vote for him..

Maybe they square it with the inevitable SCOTUS turnovers i.e., Roberts health, Stevens age... Who knows..

Dobson can ill afford a very liberal Court.. The Homosexual agenda and Code Pink are primed for a full assault to make their views law...not to mention the slippery slope of the Science of Cloning and the creation of life and the removal of any mention of God from the public square. A liberal win will mean a full assault by the culture demons.

and they will succeed, Especially if they are working with a friendly Congress and a WH...

How could he live with himself if he didn’t try .. knowing that out of power you have no control at all and in power you do have influence and a stronger voice.

Inevitably he has to answer to a higher power, as do we all on what we did to stop the murder of the innocent and the destruction of family values so I hope he can answer with a clear conscious.


9 posted on 02/06/2008 6:42:46 AM PST by tomnbeverly (If Islamic Jihad is an existential threat then the candidate that should be POTUS is a no brainer.)
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To: PurpleMan

If he doesn’t vote for McCain and if he leads others to not vote for McCain then he and they must accept responsibility for a Hillary presidency and resultant loss of the small conservative edge in the USSC. Welcome back USSC socialism.


10 posted on 02/06/2008 6:43:03 AM PST by tdewey10 (Voting for McCain. We need a non-activist USSC. It's time to end the legal murder that is abortion)
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To: ari-freedom
A whole list of “sister souljas” is emerging that McCain can show independents and moderates that he is not like the extreme right wing because they hate him so much.

Can anyone name a single "extreme right wing" Presidential candidate who has ever ocupied the White House? I can't think of any, and for good reason. I wouldn't want an extreme right winger elected. I want a conservative elected, and those two things are not the same.

I will be glad if McCain can show that the Republican party is not filled with extremists. I hope (against hope) that he will track some to the right, and select a real conservative to show his acceptance of the conservatives in the party (someone like Michael Steele perhaps).

IMO he has already shown that he can attract some conservatives just by getting as far as he has gotten, but he will need more conservatives (as well as moderates, independents, and Reagan Democrates) to get elected in November. He can do it, but it won't be easy.

11 posted on 02/06/2008 6:43:35 AM PST by HoustonTech
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To: Digital Sniper

Dodson would not have supported Lincoln.

Although Lincoln was personally opposed to slavery, he did not initially take the position that it was appropriate that federal laws be passed to abolish the practice in states where it already existed.

Though he strongly condemned any extension of slavery, he was still willing to tolerate even that to preserve the Union.

Once again, “willing to tolerate (slavery) even that to preserve the Union.”

There was someone who wrote that we need an 80% solution.

I wish I could find it.


12 posted on 02/06/2008 6:44:09 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: nuconvert
-—And why the heck didn’t Rush come out for Romney a week or 2 ago??-—

Rush was equivocating about how he would vote yesterday. I’m not.

I won’t vote for McCain.

13 posted on 02/06/2008 6:46:42 AM PST by claudiustg (Sic Semper Tyrannus)
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To: tdewey10
You’re right about that! The idea that we should let Hillary win so they can mess up and we can take the White House back in four years is ludicrous. They said the same thing when Bill first ran, and instead of four years of liberalism in the WH, we got eight, and after that, a weak Republican President.

This philosophy is a little like saying, “I’m willing to take two steps back, if that gives me the ability to take one step forward.” A small net gain forward that can be built upon in the future is much better than giant steps back.

14 posted on 02/06/2008 6:48:17 AM PST by HoustonTech
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To: PurpleMan
"Dobson is a political dummy. Alone among religious rightwingers, he has the clout to really influence elections but his attempts to do so have been halting, ham-fisted, and above all ineffective."

It's the "evangelical" Christians showing their redneck hatred for Mormonism. I think Huckleberry and his ilk have handed the nomination to McInsane. It's really too bad that conservatives couldn't have rallied behind Romney, he'd have made a great President. If McInsane or Hillary Clinton or Hussein Obama are indeed the best we can select to lead us, then we deserve exactly what we get. There are so many pissed off, "fractured" Republicans now that I look for a landslide on the Democrat ticket. McInsane will not be able to defeat his opponent.

15 posted on 02/06/2008 6:48:44 AM PST by houstonman58 ("When the Son of Man returns, will there by any faith left on earth, think ye"?)
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To: PurpleMan

We will not vote for McCain in any election.


16 posted on 02/06/2008 6:48:50 AM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: donnab

“I lost respect for Dobson “
So did I, he’s part of the reason we’re in this mess.


17 posted on 02/06/2008 6:49:48 AM PST by Robbin
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To: PurpleMan

One of the few times I have agreed with Dobson


18 posted on 02/06/2008 6:52:24 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: pennboricua

I agree, When the press and the Dems get done pushing McCains hot buttons he’ll be completely unelectable.If McCain’s as explosive as some insiders say it will come out. I doubt he wins one state in the general


19 posted on 02/06/2008 6:52:57 AM PST by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: ari-freedom
That First amendment is a pesky thing we need to forget, right?
20 posted on 02/06/2008 6:53:59 AM PST by Sybeck1 (So senator, we can't be "mavericks" now? Party over Principles? Yeah right.....)
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