Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dobson's Checklist: Not to Fred

As Justin Hart reported over at MyManMitt, James Dobson will not be endorsing Fred. Independently, this may be not so earth shattering. Fred has not given any reason for voters to vote for him. His appeal largely stems from fortuitous similarities to the most beloved conservative leader of the century. Actor? Check. Political career? Check. Yet, the prima facie similarities end there, which is what Dobson is pointing out (even going to the extreme of using the dreaded exclamation point at the end of his last sentence).

The interesting part, at least to us Mitt supporters, is this: Dobson has ruled out every other first tier candidate except Mitt. As the New York Times story states:

Earlier this year, Dobson said he wouldn't back John McCain because of the Arizona senator's opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Later, Dobson wrote on a conservative news Web site that he wouldn't support former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani should he win the Republican nomination. Dobson called Giuliani an ''unapologetic supporter of abortion on demand'' and criticized him for signing a bill in 1997 creating domestic-partnership benefits in New York City.
Some are speculating an endorsement of Mike Huckabee, but Huckabee's longshot status means Dobson will be support almost a sure loser. Such an endorsement would mean diminish Dobson's political power with the potential nominee. But there's still another option. Could it be that Dobson is going to put theological differences aside and endorse Mitt? Consider this from back in May:

Transcript from above audio:

Laura Ingraham: Any thoughts on Romney? He's now winning in Iowa and looks like he's winning in some polls in New Hampshire.

Dr. Dobson: Since I talked to you, I've spent an hour and a half with him and I liked him. He's very presidential and he's got the right answers to many, many things. I haven't made a decision yet, but let's just say he's still on the list.

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