Great News! Evangelicals Promising Not to Vote

Stay home, Jim!

In what might be the best news I’ve heard since my first choice of presidential candidates dropped out, Jim Dobson is threatening to boycott the November election. And he wants to take his fanatic followers with him.

James Dobson, the influential founder of the conservative, evangelical advocacy group Focus on the Family, has delivered a blow to John McCain — by saying he won’t vote for him if he’s the Republican presidential nominee.

“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 … I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life,” he said.

Dobson said he was just expressing his views as a private citizen — but many of his millions of followers in the evangelical community, who listen to his radio show and read his books, will take it as a signal to do the same.

What’s got Jimmy so fired up? Do you think it’s because McCain is pro-choice? Of course he’s not. Do you think it’s because McCain wants to get us out of Iraq too soon? Hell, he wants us there forever. Maybe Dobson is worried McCain’s fiscal policy or plan for health insurance will hurt families. Doubt it, since McCain hasn’t talked much about either.

No, Dobson’s issues are much more vital to America.

Dobson said McCain’s failure to support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and his support for embryonic stem-cell research among other things were beyond the Christian conservative pale.

Stay home, James. It will be the best thing you’ve ever done for your country.


  • nikolai
    February 6, 2008 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    If only… But you KNOW what will happen; once he feels supremely confident McCain will do an about face, and Dobson will have a change of heart. Watch…

  • Stephen
    February 6, 2008 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    That will go completely out the window for sure if Hillary gets the democratic nomination. I’m not that much of an Obama fan, but if Hillary is the nominee, the Repubs will be out, if for no other reason than to vote against her. Whether it’s justified or not makes no difference. Hillary is one of the most polarizing politicians in the nation today. I would say second only to W.

  • John
    February 9, 2008 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I hope this trend continues. America has too many real problems to solve and should stop wasting time and money on unconstitutional proposals made by religious fanatics.

  • Court of Progressive Justice
    February 14, 2008 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    Ya, stay home and focus on the freak show

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