James Dobson Shocks No One With McCain Flip-Flop

Conservative Christian crank James Dobson is apparently the last person in the universe to realize that he will, after all, be supporting the Republican nominee for President this year, contrary to his pre- and post-primary promises.

“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

Ah yes, we’re all waiting in suspense to see what happens next, aren’t we?

Dobson, of course, would apparently like folks to think that this predictable turn of events is all down to recent revelations about the two candidates and some serious pondering on his part:

In an advance copy provided to The Associated Press, Dobson said that while neither candidate is consistent with his views, McCain’s positions are closer by a wide margin.

“There’s nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context,” Dobson said in a statement to the AP. “Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain.”

Changing political context? Back when Dobson said that he could not “in good conscience” vote for McCain, both McCain and Obama were pretty much the same guys they are today. Obama was just as much a contradiction of everything Dobson slouches for, and McCain was just as much… uh, whatever the heck he is.

In fact, the only new developments in the Obamaverse in recent days have involved Obama playing up his more centrist positions. The only recent developments in McCainia has been a mirroring stroll towards centrism, including McCain’s recent, horrifying admission that maybe gay people can raise kids, you know, if no one else wants them. In short, the only new information Dobson now has with which to change his mind is an Obama apparently slightly closer to his positions than before, and a McCain slightly farther.

So here’s a far more plausible scenario: Dobson is an opportunistic gasbag who knows, and always knew, that if McCain won, that he’d eventually be endorsing him. His hyperbole to the contrary was merely a means of trying to throw his weight around: the ultimate in playing hard to get. And given that the whole point of the ploy was first to hurt McCain’s primary ambitions and then to try and weasel as many concessions out of McCain’s camp as possible, his backing off now is doubly pathetic: Dobson seems to have entirely failed in both realms. As a last resort, he seems to have settled on the lame booby-prize goal of nudging McCain to pick a more orthodox evangelical-type as a VP.

But whether he wins or loses that final gasp effort, the result will be the same: the hapless and increasingly irrelevant Dobson stuck having to chew through his own foot to get it out of his mouth.

7 Responses to James Dobson Shocks No One With McCain Flip-Flop

  1. “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” – Matthew 5:37.

    Dr. Dobson has called abortion “murder” (Jan. 20, 2003 press release). He has said he would never vote for any politician who supports the killing of even one baby. John McCain is for exceptions, believing it’s OK, it should remain “legal,” to murder babies in the womb that are there because of rape/incest. Thus, there is no way Dr. Dobson can support/vote for McCain without shredding his own credibility and leaving himself open to the charge that he is a double-minded man (James 1:8) which, alas, he will have proven himself to be if he supports McCain.

    John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
    Recovering Republican
    JLof@aol.com

  2. may grant says:

    I have respected Dr. Dobson over the years because of his Christain beliefs and the work he has done on Focus on the family & family values books written. However since he endorsed George Bush and thus is complicit in the unwarranted deaths of 4000+ Americans without batting an eye or rebusking George Bush or John McCain who also endorsed this war, I have to admit that I have lost respect for him.

    Why in God’s name would he flip flop on thinking about endorsing John McCain the warmonger ? John McCain has a dirty mouth, cursing and spewing incendiary remarks/lies/jokes and he is was an adulteror who left his disbled wife for the younger prettier mistress. The man has never told the public that he is a Christian unlike Obama. Although Obama may not be perfect he has publicly acknowledged his faith in Jesus Christ. John McCain is an aihead who will take the country further into decline that George Bush ever did.

    Shame on you Dobson for preferring to play politics instead of sticking up for religious principles. You are responsible for causing some people to stray form the faith. I for one am now confused & disapointed by your behaviour. Billy Graham is a far bigger man and the type of Christian that we can look up to as he has chosen to stay out of the political debate. May God help you to make the right decision. John McCain is not worth your endorsement.

  3. Bad says:

    It’s not so much that Dobson would endorse the Republican candidate that’s bizarre: he’s quite right that in US politics, you don’t get an infinite number of candidates and can vote on the one who exactly fits your views. You get consensus candidates and you pick the one closest. And Dobson is free to endorse or not endorse someone as he pleases.

    The problem is that Dobson was on the record as saying that he wouldn’t vote for McCain under ANY condition. Coming along later and saying “oh, I changed my mind based on this this and this condition” doesn’t make any sense whatsoever in light of the previous statement. It’s one thing to hold a position and then reconsider. It’s quite another to hold a position that says “no possible data could ever lead me to reconsider this stance” and then turn around and reconsider it based on some data (and not even new data: all the information he has now he had back then).

  4. [...] thoughts from Bad Idea Blog, Crossed Pond, Right Wing Watch (which has the transcript of Dobson’s radio [...]

  5. Dave Austin says:

    The people who’ve flip-flopped most in the last year is not Dobson nor his followers, but McCain and Obama. McCain realized he wasn’t even going to have the support of his base is now less enamored with welcoming illegals, repealing tax cuts, and anwar drilling, and has spoken much recently about protecting the interests of the Family. In that way I think Dobson could make the rational claim that this McCain is a different man than the one he said he wouldn’t vote for.

    That said, Obama has changed even more than McCain has, painting himself as a centrist, and I think people from Dobson’s camp find the conversion phony at best and even more off-putting than if Obama had held to his pre-nomination agenda.

  6. Bad says:

    Uh, your first claim is contradicted by Dobson hiumself: he’s SAID that he flip-flopped. So yes, Dobson flip-flopped on McCain, and pretty obviously. And the specific things Dobson cited haven’t changed: his claimed reasoning for the flip-flop is sound partisan reasoning (i.e. McCain ain’t what we want, but he’s closer than Obama) that he had rejected previously.

  7. wm says:

    Thanks for the insult, Dobson. Did you really think we believed your little charade of McCain-bashing to persuade him to change his positions? Everyone knew that at the end of the day, you would goose-march in lockstep with Coulter, Limbaugh, and all the other cult members and vote as you’re told to vote. ‘Lesser of two evils’ means there are only two candidates. Have you ever heard of the constitutional conservatives (whose moral standards are beyond any reproach) Ron Barr or Chuck Baldwin? Instead of courting the culture of death, you could use your influence for decency and responsibility in government.

    “If that is a flip-flop, so be it.” Your flippant (no pun intended) attitude speaks volumes about what you are and the amount of credibility you deserve.

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