Friday, November 12, 2004

Yeah, it was the gay marriage thing

James Dobson - The religious right's new kingmaker

... in the late 1990s Dobson began to grow disenchanted with Republican leaders in Congress for not pushing the Christian social agenda harder. In the 2000 campaign his tepid support of Bush may have helped dampen turnout among evangelical voters, a disappointment Karl Rove dwelled on for four years.

It was the gay-marriage debate that finally hurled Dobson into politics wholeheartedly.

James Dobson is Mr. Focus on the Family, and arguably the other architect of Bush's victory. In a sense he is even more dangerous than Rove, because that architect is about power for its own sake. Dobson is only a team player so long as the team plays his game and by his rules.

But there are some persuasive reasons why folks like Rove might not want to give the Squad everything they want -- once abortion and gay marriage are banned, and church and state are one, the evangelicals will cease to be Rove's take-it-to-the-bank constituency. So if we are really lucky, we could have the exquisite pleasure of watching this marriage made in heaven turn into "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" before our very eyes.


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