I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dobson to Rudy - you can't win!

I discussed the revolt of the Religious Right against Rudy Giuliani below. Well today one of the leaders of the American Taliban, Dr. James Dobson, has an editorial in the New York Times. Although he never mentions Giuliani by name he is basically telling Rudy he can't win.
After two hours of deliberation, we voted on a resolution that can be summarized as follows: If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate. Those agreeing with the proposition were invited to stand. The result was almost unanimous.
And so Rudy is not acceptable and he can't win without their support.
The other approach, which I find problematic, is to choose a candidate according to the likelihood of electoral success or failure. Polls don’t measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one’s principles. In the present political climate, it could result in the abandonment of cherished beliefs that conservative Christians have promoted and defended for decades. Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear.
Is Dobson right? As I discussed here the social issues politics just isn't as important as it used to be. This too is a big negative for the Republicans since Evangelicals have been voting against their own economic interests because of the social issues.

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