Skip to comments.Analysis: Right Splinters on GOP Field
Posted on 11/07/2007 3:39:53 PM PST by SmithL
(AP) -- The splintering of prominent Christian conservatives over the Republican presidential contenders reflects a schism between the dogma of God, guns and gays and the desire to beat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Months of disagreement within this important GOP voting bloc culminated this week in a flurry of endorsements:
Televangelist Pat Robertson is backing Rudy Giuliani. Conservative Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is supporting fellow Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich is going for Mitt Romney.
All the candidates are flawed in the eyes of the Christian right, which is why some evangelical leaders are holding out and might favor a third-party candidate.
"You've got a wide-open primary, and you have various people who are ideologically acceptable not perfect, but ideologically acceptable," Brownback said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.
"If they're acceptable and can win, that's better than losing," Brownback said, speaking by telephone on a campaign swing through Iowa with McCain. "I think you're seeing a more pragmatic expression taking place."
For his part, Robertson said he worries not about electability but about terrorists. Also, he feels reassured that Giuliani would appoint Supreme Court justices who view abortion from a conservative stance.
"To me, the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists," Robertson said.
"I don't think evangelicals have coalesced around any candidate," he said Wednesday in Washington, with Giuliani at his side. "I just believe that I needed to make a statement, and I am speaking for myself, that ... Rudy Giuliani is, without question, an acceptable candidate."
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What should we do next, tune in to Radio Tehran to hear how the war is going?
The majority of the conservative base has lined up behind Fred Thompson. The liberals are terrified of him, which should only increase our esteem for Fred.
I don’t think the left considers Fred a threat. Otherwise Harpers would have written that article about Fred, not Romney. I think the Hollywood media wants to see Klinton vs Fred because it will make everyone a lot of money.
Pat Robertson’s audience will not follow him on this one.
And everyone knows that Pat’s age has affected his public proclamations for some time now.
By "maturing? they mean the movement has been corrupted and I wash my hands their corruption.
I stopped donating to the evangelical movement a few years ago and will NOT give them a dime any longer.
I have no problem with the splintering at this point in time. However when we do pick a nominee I hope we can all get back together and back whoever it is. From the postings I have seen on FR I have doubts this will happen.
We know, Willardboy. We know.
The left and their shills in the MSM are counting on us doing something really really stupid like staying home or third party. That’s the only way they win.
Sire, you just predicted the future.
That hand has been over played by a long shot.
Robertson lost credibility with his protein powder and fake 2,000 leg press.
Looks like the evangelicals sold out to the liberals.
They could have backed real conservatives...but refused to do so.
This is shaping up to be a rough 2008 for the GOP
“I dont think the left considers Fred a threat. Otherwise Harpers would have written that article about Fred, not Romney. I think the Hollywood media wants to see Klinton vs Fred because it will make everyone a lot of money.”
It will take a little more than that lame attempt, if you want to sell a bill of goods to the FR crowd.
Dream on. Over 1/2 of the dem voting base would have to stay home for that to happen--maybe about a third if ALL the independents broke Republican. It'll never happen. Bottom line, you're stuck with us. Live with it. Or be consigned to being a permanent electoral minority. So at least pretending to act nice would be a good start.
All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
The Lord will NOT be returning to run for POTUS. Staying home or voting third party only assures evil of victory. But then, who knows His will? Maybe evil is supposed to win this one, to begin the End Times.
won’t happen; lets see the GOP Rudy win in a state like IOWA, INDIANA, SC, TN, NB, ETC w/out the army of volunteers (many Christian Conservatives) volunteering for his campaign (in a tightly divided USA, ain’t gonna happen..)!
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