Thursday, June 16, 2005
To the marginally sane Republicans who have so eagerly courted the Christer 'n' cracker vote in recent elections, we can only say: marry in haste, repent at leisure. With their current butt boy enjoying such unprecedented popular support, the mullahs of the religious right will gladly take it upon themselves to hand-pick his successor without any input from you:
With an eye toward the post-Bush succession fight, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said yesterday that he and other conservative activists would like to "interview some of the candidates" sometime this fall and determine whether a single candidate merits their support . . . .
Among early contenders vying for the nod of religious and social conservatives are Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and George Allen of Virginia. All have been active, both publicly and behind the scenes, in wooing religious, social and cultural conservatives in advance of the next presidential contest . . . .
Other activists likely to be part of the conservative endorsement effort, Perkins indicated, are Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation; James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, chairman of the American Family Association; Bauer, president of American Values, and perhaps a dozen or more others.
Perkins' organization has a lengthy wish list for the current Congress, including passage of a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman; and another measure, sponsored by Brownback, that would require women seeking certain abortions to be told that a fetus feels pain during the procedure. He had praise for several potential candidates . . . .
Not on the activist's list, despite a conservative voting record that includes opposition to abortion rights in most cases, is John McCain. The Arizona senator's prominent role in the recent "Gang of 14" compromise on judicial nominees helped "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory," Perkins said.
"There's a sense in the movement that we really have got to back somebody, or else we're going to end up with somebody we really don't like" as the nominee, [Paul Weyrich] said, putting McCain and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a social moderate, into that category.