The EFM Feature

David Brody excerpts a private e-mail that James Dobson sent regarding Fred Thompson:

In a private e-mail obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Dobson accuses the former Tennessee senator and actor of being weak on the campaign trail and wrong on issues dear to social conservatives.
“Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won’t talk at all about what he believes, and can’t speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?” Dobson wrote.
“He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent ‘want to.’ And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!”

David then goes down the list of candidates Brother Dobson might support:
Thompson — no
Giuliani — no
McCain — no
Huckabee — not Presidential material
But wait… isn’t there someone else? Some Yankee Governor with Southern Values? Oh, right…let’s see what David Brody says about Gov. Romney:

It may be very hard for Dr. Dobson to come out and support Romney because many of his devoted listeners have a problem with Mormonism. Sorry, hate to bring that topic up again but I’m just “keeping it real.”

In the interest of “keeping it real,” I think Brody has it wrong here. Dr. Dobson could say, “Hey, this guy is different from us theologically, but there’s no air between us politically.” In fact, he could use this as an opportunity to explain how the candidates most close to you doctrinally are not always the best candidates for the job. Jimmy Carter, Alan Keyes, and, well, Mike Huckabee come to mind.

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