Monday, October 01, 2007

Religious Right makes 3rd party threat over Giuliani

I'm almost starting to like Rudy Giuliani ("almost" is the key word), if only because these guys hate him so much. Their desperation for a candidate they can trust to do their medieval bidding has reached a fever pitch where, should Giuliani win the nomination, the Dobsonoids are seriously considering a 3rd-party alternative to the Republicans:
"Alarmed at the chance that the Republican party might pick Rudolph Giuliani as its presidential nominee despite his support for abortion rights, a coalition of influential Christian conservatives is threatening to back a third-party candidate in an attempt to stop him.

The group making the threat, which came together Saturday in Salt Lake City during a break-away gathering during a meeting of the secretive Council for National Policy, includes Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, who is perhaps the most influential of the group, as well as Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, the direct mail pioneer Richard Viguerie and dozens of other politically-oriented conservative Christians, participants said. Almost everyone present expressed support for a written resolution that “if the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion candidate we will consider running a third party candidate.”"

If Dobson and the rest of the religious right wingnuts endorse some 3rd-party "Family Coalition"-type whackjob candidate who wants to ban abortion and gay marriage and chain women to their stoves, things could really go sideways for the Rethugs. First there's the infusion of Christianist Cash that wouldn't be coming into the Republican campaign. Then there's the votes: even if Karl Rove was still around to cook the election results, the loss of six million evangelical votes could mean the difference between winning and losing -- it definitely did in 2004.

Well, my fingers are crossed. Pass the popcorn.