Reagan Lite? A little too lite, according to those crazy rightwingers!!
From the Associated Press:
Prominent evangelical leaders who spent the summer hoping Fred Thompson would emerge as their favored Republican presidential contender are having doubts as he begins his long-teased campaign.
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What’s bothering these paragons of acceptance and open-mindedness?
But Thompson’s less-than-clear stance on a federal gay marriage amendment and his delay in entering the race are partly responsible for a sudden shyness among leading evangelicals.
Who are these guys?
A loose network of influential evangelical leaders known as the Arlington Group…
This bunch has a problem with all the Rethug candidates, it seems.
In June, Thompson met privately with several Arlington Group members, many of whom are uncomfortable with the GOP top tier for various reasons: Arizona Sen. John McCain for championing campaign-finance overhaul and labeling some evangelical figures “agents of intolerance”; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for backing abortion rights and gay rights; and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his social-issue policy reversals and — for some members — his Mormon faith.
Let’s check in with the guys and see what they had to say!
“He’s got a real opportunity to be the most credible conservative candidate across the board,” said Gary Bauer, a one-time presidential aspirant who heads the advocacy group American Values. “Whether he can put it all together remains to be seen. But he’s got a real chance to emerge as the major conservative alternative to Giuliani.”
Others are skeptical about whether Thompson can fill that role.
Rick Scarborough, a Southern Baptist preacher and president of Texas-based Vision America, said that while he is encouraged by Thompson’s strong voting record in the Senate against abortion, he questioned the candidate’s commitment to social issues.
“The problem I’m having is that I don’t see any blood trail,” Scarborough said. “When you really take a stand on issues dear to the heart of social conservatives, you’re going to shed some blood in the process. And so far, Fred Thompson’s political career has been wrinkle-free.”
I thought I would look into the membership of the Arlington Group. You can see the whole list at wiki. There are lots of familiar names and some not so familiar. Pictured above, surounding Fred Thompson and his wife,
Britney Spears Jeri, from left to right are:
president and founder of Coalition of African-American Pastors an organization (CAAP) whose goal is to promote and support the Christ-centered values. He is currently promoting the Federal Marriage Amendment. Reverend Owens believes that it is one of the most crucial moral and political issues we are facing and is calling African American pastors around the country to answer the call by supporting this vital amendment.
is President of the Washington, D.C. based Family Research Council.
Tony Perkins and FRC have led the way in defending religious freedom in the public square, protecting the unborn and their mothers, defending and strengthening one man/one woman marriage and promoting pro-family public policy.
# Project for the New American Century: Founding Member
# American Values: President
# Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: Board of Advisers
and James Dobson…
Focus on the Family founder and chairman James Dobson is perhaps the most influential right-wing Christian leader in the country, with a huge and loyal following that he can reach easily through an impressive media empire.
What a fun gang!! Good luck finding a candidate that’s hate-y enough for you!!