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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Bitter Tears of James Dobson

posted by on February 5 at 15:24 PM

The head of Focus on the Family announces that he won’t vote if McCain is the nominee.

“I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.

“I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry’s running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.”

Man, that’s sweet. In fact, it calls for a celebration. I’m going to go have me a glass of lousy champagne in the airport-quality bar just off the ugly lobby of this depressing hotel.

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i know pittsburgh, i feel sorry for you.

Posted by um | February 5, 2008 3:36 PM

Hear that, Mitt?

Posted by elenchos | February 5, 2008 3:38 PM

John McCain won't tow the line of the American-Taliban and Dobson hates him for it. McCain ain't half bad.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | February 5, 2008 3:40 PM

I'm actually in the middle of the University of Pittsburgh's campus. The campus is really beautiful, and this neighborhood is lovely. Everything I've seen of this town is lovely.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 5, 2008 3:44 PM

It's Huckabee or the highway for Christian Conservatives. Looks like they will be a non-factor in 2008. Thank Jesus!

Posted by Mahtli69 | February 5, 2008 3:50 PM

That's the best news I've heard all day.

Posted by lostboy | February 5, 2008 3:51 PM

And just in case anyone missed this headline from Salon's War Room this morning:

McCain swipes back at Santorum

That sir, is comedy.

Posted by C | February 5, 2008 3:54 PM
Posted by C | February 5, 2008 3:55 PM

Woo-Hoo! I agree with lostboy @6 - best news of the day so far.

Please stay home, James, and set the example for all of your fundamentalist minions.

Posted by Hernandez | February 5, 2008 3:58 PM

Thanks for sticking up for the 'Burgh n'at, Dan. Being from there, I know it as well. As much as I would never ever live there again, I still love it's many charms. If you need a better bar and some good (but not authentic) Mexican food, try Mad Mex on Atwood St. There's a couple of decent places on Craig Street as well (near the Carnegie past the Cathedral when going up Forbes).

Posted by defman23 | February 5, 2008 4:07 PM

For all of his batshit crazy, off-the-wall ideas, McCain has a lot of really sensible ones. He's the only GOP candidate that I don't think I'd mind having as president. Shame his crazy side doesn't appeal to the Christian conservatives.

Posted by Tdub | February 5, 2008 4:08 PM

But maybe the Rapture will come and we won't need to worry about him or his ilk ever voting ever again??

If that happens, Dan, we'll all need to join you in a round of lousy champagne. After we rummage through all the stuff that the believers left behind, of course.

Posted by Oklahomo | February 5, 2008 4:09 PM

The funny thing is that McCain's been an honest-to-God conservative for his entire adult life -- as long as fuckstick Dobson has been alive -- while his darling Romney has been a conservative for about eighteen months.

Posted by Fnarf | February 5, 2008 4:10 PM

I can drink to that! Tell the neocons and the ultra-right fake Xtians to sit at home and I'll party for them!


Posted by Will in Seattle | February 5, 2008 4:12 PM

Don't really care about Dobson, but I'm probably going to Caucus for McCain on Sat. so too bad for the conservatives.

And Yinz should be careful how far off campus yinz go. There's some pretty sketchy neighborhoods full of jagoffs not too far away from Pitt.

Pittsburgh really is a beautiful city though. It has one of my favorite skylines. Coming through the tunnel from the airport onto the Ft. Pitt bridge is also pretty amazing on a nice day.

Agree with @10 about Mad Mex.

Posted by PA Native | February 5, 2008 4:30 PM

YAY! The unholy alliance between the conservatives and the radical right was going to break down eventually, we might finally see it happen this time. Yes, Dobson, tell your followers they will be smote to hell if they vote in '08 for the evil, evil McCain. I'd even settle for a Bible-thumping "Christian" candidate to run as an independent spoiler- it would be good for a laugh!

Posted by erika | February 5, 2008 5:21 PM

C'mon, James! Now's your time! Jesus is calling for you to run as an independent!

Posted by Greg | February 5, 2008 5:31 PM

The English lady isn't from England. When you're from Pittsburgh, you have to do something.

Say hi to Auntie Vera from us.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | February 5, 2008 5:54 PM

im from there too, and hadn't been back in 10 years until this summer. its gotten better. its harder to spot the yinzers but still fun!

Posted by um | February 5, 2008 5:54 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHA, and blow me, Dobson. Now you know how we felt about Dukakis.

Posted by Geni | February 5, 2008 6:00 PM

Apparently, acrimony is a family value.

Posted by booji boy | February 5, 2008 6:39 PM

We should see if we can get Huckabee to run as a 3rd party candidate. Wouldn't that be fun to watch, Huckabee v. McCain. It would be like taking the big tent of the Republicans, running an open bar for about eight hours and then giving everyone a handgun and cranking up the death metal. Let the carnage begin.

Posted by wile_e_quixote | February 5, 2008 6:54 PM

*cue the Beverly Hills Cop laugh* This isn't just for Dobson, it's also for Ann Coulter and all the other GOP who is not happy about any McCain success.

Posted by YES | February 5, 2008 9:24 PM

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