Archive for March, 2007

Dobson Isn’t Thrilled About Thompson

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

James Dobson questions Fred Thompson’s faith:

“Everyone knows he’s conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for,” Dobson said of Thompson. “[But] I don’t think he’s a Christian; at least that’s my impression,” Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party’s conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

Thompson is a Christian, having been baptized into the Church of Christ. I’m not sure what makes Dobson say this. A few have claimed that, despite Thompson’s statements to the contrary, he is pro-choice. Now that doesn’t make him a non-Christian, but maybe in the Dobsonian mind it does. I don’t know.

A Dobson spokesperson elaborates for us:

In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson’s claim. He said that, while Dobson didn’t believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless “has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith.”

“We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians,” Schneeberger added. “Dr. Dobson wasn’t expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to ‘read the tea leaves’ about such a possibility.”

Well then Dobson should have said “I don’t think he’s an evangelical Christian” instead of saying Thompson isn’t a Christian. One doesn’t have to be an evangelical or speak openly about one’s faith to be a Christian.

But this does bring up an interesting question: What role will Dobson play in the 2008 elections. Although he stopped short of endorsing Newt Gingrich, Dobson did say he is “brightest guy out there” and “the most articulate politician on the scene today.” What impact this will have remains to be seen.

UPDATE: Speaking of Newt Gingrich, A.C. ponders why he is a “better” Christian than Thompson in Dobson’s view:

Now, I’m no one to judge someone’s morality and both Thompson and Gingrich would likely benefit by increasing their church-going and/or bible study but differentiating between the two and putting Gingrich on top? That’s more than a tad wacky.

Is it because Gingrich came on Dobson’s show and kissed the ring and apologized? Is that what excuses his sins and grants his special dispensation for conducting his own extracurricular affair while conducting an impeachment of a President over the same thing?

Gingrich is a thrice married, admitted adulterer who discussed divorce with his first wife while she was undergoing cancer treatments.

I don’t get it either. I like Newt. I think he’s a much better man than he gets credit for and is one of the smartest, most savvy House speakers ever. He clearly was demonized by the mainstream media. But geez, his personal life would suggest that he’s something of a jerk. Now that doesn’t disqualify him from getting my support. Far from it. My favorite candidate in the race right now is Rudy Giuliani, after all.

Thompson’s personal life story probably includes some less-than-saintly details as well. Indeed, I had a few laughs about it yesterday. But it isn’t nearly as scandalous, at least as far as I know, as Gingrich’s.

I like both Newt and Thompson, and I would have no problem voting for either (although I doubt very seriously that Newt could ever get elected). But when Dobson bashes Thompson for not being Christian enough and then sings the praises of Newt Gingrich, he does sound somewhat divorced from reality.

Orwellian Quote of the Day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Senator Doug Jackson’s anti-Girls Gone Wild bill is apparently advancing. Sen. Jackson has this little gem of a quote:

But Jackson said he’s not infringing on anyone’s constitutional right.

“This is not a First Amendment issue,” he said. “What this is about is whether a pornographer in California should be able to market his illegal product in the state of Tennessee and companies that do business in Tennessee profit from the selling of obscenity.”

Translation: This has nothing to do with restricting free speech. It’s just an effort to outlaw speech I don’t like.

It’s Good to be Fred Thompson

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

It’s official. Fred Thompson is running for president. Oh, he hasn’t said so yet, but his wife (pictured below) is encouraging him to do so.

As Ace puts it:

And when a woman like that starts saying that she finds the notion of a run for president exciting and stimulating, you listen.

By the way, Fred Thompson also used to date Lorrie Morgan (pictured below). Both Morgan and the current bride are, ahem, considerably younger than Mr. Thompson.

Ace throws a cold shower on the Thompson bandwagon, however:

Although I like Thompson, it should be noted he only served one full term in the Senate, and wasn’t considered particularly influential, innovative, or even hard-working. His “executive experience,” such as it is, came long, long ago as a corruption-bustin’ prosecutor. Good experience, to be sure, but he hasn’t managed anything lately except a senatorial staff and the small corporation that forms around a working actor.

Given what we’ve just seen, should that come as any surprise? Still, it must be good to be Fred Thompson, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him jump in the race.

McConnell in the Crosshairs

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is under fire from Democrats:

A tip for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: The liberal blogosphere wants you out in ‘08.

They despise your loyalty to President Bush. They loathe your support of his Iraq war plan and your ability to block Senate Democrats from passing a legislative rebuke of it.

They appear ready to revolt.

They’re upset because McConnell has proven to be a quite effective minority leader. The article goes on to point out that Democrats see the potential to take down McConnell the way Republicans took down Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004 and Democrats took down Rick Santorum (R-PA) in 2006. This will prove more difficult, since Daschle was a liberal senator from a red state, and Santorum a conservative from a blue state. McConnell is a conservative from a red state.

Final Four Fun

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I correctly predicted the Final Four. James Joyner throws some rain on my parade.

Capitalist Campaigning

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Mitt Romney may have found a way to motivate student volunteers:

A millionaire thanks to his work as a venture capitalist, Mitt Romney is acutely aware of the motivating power of money. His presidential campaign hopes it will have a similar effect on college students, which is why it’s offering them a cut of their fundraising.

Participants in “Students for Mitt” will get 10 percent of the money they raise for the campaign beyond the first $1,000. While candidates often offer professional fundraisers commissions up to 8 percent, campaign experts believe the Massachusetts Republican is the first to do so with the legion of college students who have historically served as campaign volunteers.

Via Pi Beta Cons.

Tony Snow’s Cancer Returns

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Tony Snow, a cancer survivor, is going to need our prayers:

Doctors have removed a small, malignant growth from presidential spokesman Tony Snow’s abdomen, but they determined the cancer had spread to his liver, the White House said Tuesday.

Snow, 51, told reporters during a Friday briefing that he was having the growth removed but shrugged it off as a precautionary measure.

“We have found a small growth in my lower abdomen. Blood tests are negative [for cancer]. PET scans are negative,” he said. “But out of an aggressive sense of caution, I’m going to go in for surgery on Monday and have it removed.”

Snow is probably the most prolific White House press secretary, having already had a strong following before taking the job. That was the result of his intelligence and likable nature. We should all remember him and his family in our prayers.

Light Blogging

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The good news is the blog is back online after some sort of glitch drove it down yesterday. The bad news is that I have this super evil test coming up Friday that I must study for. Therefore, prepare for light blogging. You have been warned.

One Year Closer to Death

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Today I turn 26. I’m now closer to 30 than to 20, and to 50 than to 0. Birthdays stop being fun after you turn 21.

Tensions Escalate

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Well this is certainly a turn for the worse:

FIFTEEN British sailors and marines arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards off the coast of Iraq may be charged with spying.

A website run by associates of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, reported last night that the Britons would be put before a court and indicted.

Referring to them as “insurgents”, the site concluded: “If it is proven that they deliberately entered Iranian territory, they will be charged with espionage. If that is proven, they can expect a very serious penalty since according to Iranian law, espionage is one of the most serious offences.”

It will be interesting to see how Tony Blair reacts to this. I hope that Iran will back down and release these soldiers. Otherwise, things are likely get bad, for Britain, America, Iran, and the world.