In the last couple of days, I have wondered what it would take for John McCain to get the evangelical vote, particularly when Dr. James Dobson had previously said that he could not vote for him.  Well, apparently the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin worked some magic for the good doctor and he said "But I can tell you that if I had to go into the studio, I mean the voting booth today, I would pull that lever."  

With the blessing of America's self-appointed Christian leader, millions of evangelicals can now go and cast their vote for McCain-Palin without having to go to the protestant version of confession afterwards.

Here is an excerpt of the interview.  The interesting thing is that both Dobson and host Dennis Prager know that what Dobson says is the equivalent of a Papal Bull (but without the Papal part). 

Dobson: Well, you know I did a radio program about a month ago with Dr. Albert Mohler, and we talked about what was at stake in this election and our concerns about the policies that Barack Obama would implement. The more I hear the more I learn, the more concerned I am, and so on that program Dr. Mohler and I talked about the fact that John McCain is not the perfect candidate. He's certainly would not be my choice and, for over a year, I did not feel that I could vote for him. But I said in that radio program that "I can't say it now"-which was then, because I didn't know who his vice presidential choice would be, and he if would come up with Lieberman or Tom Ridge or somebody like that, we'd be back in a hole again. But I said for the first time "I might, I might." And some people call that a flip-flop. If they do, so be it. Campaigns are long. You get information. You find out what the choices are. So I've been moving in John McCain's direction. I don't know if anybody cares, but for me

Prager: Plenty, plenty of people care and that's why I am having you on. I care, many people care and you have a lot of followers. You have earned the right to that respect.

Read more at 

http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2008/08/29/dobson_"i_would_pull_that_lever"_for_mccain-palin

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Fabian says:

    Dr. Dobson is the biggest hypocrite I know and he lost his credibility, as a radio personality, a doctor, and a Christian, many years ago. This is sad because I looked up to him when I was younger. Then he got tongue-lashingly involved in neocon politics and ruined, by my measure, any thread of credibility he still possessed. Of course, he would come out and say that, it adds to the drama and the bogus conservative defiance that has characterized the Republican schema for years. If you read the quote you will see that Dobson is recalcitrant, his influence notwithstanding, to the point he can't tell the difference between the studio and the voting booth. "He misspoke," you say? I agree. Many times.

  2. Fabian says:

    Dr. Dobson is the biggest hypocrite I know and he lost his credibility, as a radio personality, a doctor, and a Christian, many years ago. This is sad because I looked up to him when I was younger. Then he got tongue-lashingly involved in neocon politics and ruined, by my measure, any thread of credibility he still possessed. Of course, he would come out and say that, it adds to the drama and the bogus conservative defiance that has characterized the Republican schema for years. If you read the quote you will see that Dobson is recalcitrant, his influence notwithstanding, to the point he can't tell the difference between the studio and the voting booth. "He misspoke," you say? I agree. Many times.

  3. Mark Allen says:

    I'm afraid both Mr. Peabody and "Fabian" (does he have his own Society?) make way too much of James Dobson.

    Many of the evangelicals I know — most, in fact — are exceptionally capable of making up their minds irrespective of Dr. Dobson's views. That doesn't mean he is not respected; he's just not the evangelical "mullah" y'all are making him out to be.

    I happen to believe the most impressive thing about Sarah Palin is her worldview — which above all encompasses the support of life, from conception. She could have aborted her special needs child, but didn't. She could have hushed up her daughter's mistake, but hasn't.

    I seem to remember reading something about "The greatest want of the world is the want of men– men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." (EGW, Education, p. 57)

    How refreshing — how utterly wonderful — to have someone in Sarah Palin who will stand for the right (to life) though the (political) heavens fall!

  4. Mark Allen says:

    I'm afraid both Mr. Peabody and "Fabian" (does he have his own Society?) make way too much of James Dobson.

    Many of the evangelicals I know — most, in fact — are exceptionally capable of making up their minds irrespective of Dr. Dobson's views. That doesn't mean he is not respected; he's just not the evangelical "mullah" y'all are making him out to be.

    I happen to believe the most impressive thing about Sarah Palin is her worldview — which above all encompasses the support of life, from conception. She could have aborted her special needs child, but didn't. She could have hushed up her daughter's mistake, but hasn't.

    I seem to remember reading something about "The greatest want of the world is the want of men– men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." (EGW, Education, p. 57)

    How refreshing — how utterly wonderful — to have someone in Sarah Palin who will stand for the right (to life) though the (political) heavens fall!

 
 
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