He should have taken his focus off the family and put it on whom he was endorsing

From Hotline On Call at the National Journal:

Prominent social conservative leader James Dobson is switching horses in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) after he misunderstood one candidate’s position on abortion.

Last week, Dobson endorsed KY Sec/State Trey Grayson (R), the establishment favorite to take over for Bunning. He did so because Dobson believed Grayson was better on abortion issues than ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R), who leads some recent polls.

In fact, Paul is pro-life himself. Dobson acknowledged the mistake and blamed GOP officials for spreading false information.

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“Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake? I did just that last week. I was given misleading information about the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul, who is running in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Senior members of the GOP told me Dr. Paul is pro-choice and that he opposes many conservative perspectives, so I endorsed his opponent.”

“I now know that [Paul] is avidly pro life. He believes that life begins at conception,” Dobson said. “He opposes earmarking and supports Israel. He identifies with the Tea Party movement and believes in home schooling. Sounds like my kind of man.”


The switch is the latest blow to Grayson’s campaign, which has been taken aback by Paul’s strength since the race’s earliest days. Grayson has tacit support from Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell and many elected GOPers in the Bluegrass State, but Paul has been able to capitalize on a grassroots following. Most polls show Paul with a big lead in advance of the May 18 primary.


McConnell has not formally endorsed Grayson yet, but his top political aides in the state are quietly working behind the scenes on the Sec/State’s behalf. Bunning has endorsed Paul.

Hold on, kids.  Yertle McConnell has endorsed Grayson after all.  From The Miami Herald:

WASHINGTON — In a rare move, Sen. Mitch McConnell has endorsed Secretary of State Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.


“I rarely endorse in primaries, but these are critical times,” McConnell says in one ad.


Last month, retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky, issued a surprise endorsement of Paul, calling him the one “strong, principled conservative” and best choice to fill the seat Bunning will vacate later this year. Grayson was once considered a Bunning protégé.

The McConnell endorsement is a continuation of the Tea Party vs. Republican establishment theme that is playing out in GOP primary battles from Florida to California.

Aside from trying to breathe new life into Grayson’s struggling campaign, the endorsement is a sign of just how much McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has riding on the election.

A Paul win over Grayson would help measure the Tea Party’s clout as a grass roots insurgency powered by disgruntled conservatives who bemoan what they see as an unprecedented expansion in federal government.

It would also force McConnell, the titular head of a dwindled caucus, to work with someone who for many Tea Party members has come to symbolize opposition to the senator’s brand of politics.

McConnell campaigned for re-election two years ago by touting his ability to influence government spending to favor Kentucky as the GOP’s leader in the Senate. But Paul has said he would favor banning all federal budget earmarks, which influential lawmakers use to fund projects in their home districts.


Grayson said he would return the favor from McConnell by supporting McConnell’s efforts to remain the leader of his party in the Senate.


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16 responses to “He should have taken his focus off the family and put it on whom he was endorsing

  1. Frankly, I’d rather he stop trying to be a kingmaker and pop social critic and focus on families.

    He has some worthwhile things to say in books like “Bringing Up Boys” and “Dare to Discipline.” I don’t always agree, but some of it is worth saying.

    But I can’t stand listening to his show, because it’s reliably Republican boilerplate.

    Assuming that it’s true that he was misled by Republican officials … why didn’t he check on it himself? How hard is that, exactly?

    If FoF would actually focus on the family, rather than being just another Christian Coalition, I could respect Dr. Dobson.

    As it is, I wish he’d just go away.

    • i thought guys like him got direct orders from the big guy upstairs. did he not pray hard enough, or is the big guy being ornery, blowing up oil rigs (he did it, you know, according to gov. little ricky goodhair) and now goofing on ol’ dobbsie?

      • I hadn’t heard that, and so I tried Googling it.

        Funny how “Rick Goodhair” didn’t get me the results I wanted. I had to try to remember his real name.

        Well, you know, God is known for His practical jokes. Like leaving all of those dinosaur fossils to confuse people and test their faith.

        Speaking of FoF controversies, have you heard about George Rekers?


        The FRC is an offshoot of FoF, the political PAC headed up by Tony Perkins. Rekers is big on hating gay folks. Except his prostitute, that is.

        • i got lots of hits when i googled rick goodhair. little ricky goodhair brings you straight here. there can be only one explanation why you couldn’t find it, wken. it had to be g-d’s will.

          i read about ol’ george yesterday. another one bites the dust. of course, all his former buddies will distance themselves, say they’ll pray for him, and really pray that they aren’t the next ones caught.

  2. Wow: “McConnell, the titular head of a dwindled caucus”

    That sounds so dirty, Mitch.

  3. Flipping & flopping
    the GOP is Gopping
    pro life is anti choice
    how can we turn down this noise?

    • it’s surprising they don’t lose their places and forget if they flipped or flopped last.

      • Friend of the court

        The way they usually spin, it’s hard to tell if they are on flip or flop.

        OT, hope your yard ducks are safe from the oil mess.

        • fotc! 🙂

          the oil hasn’t reached floriduhhh yet, so all the duckies are safe so far. it’s all up to the wind and the currents as to whether it gets over to east coast or not. if it does, it’s gonna be a great big mess.

  4. Like Wken says, old Dobsy has painted himself in a corner making a mistake that even an east Texas preacher with a 3rd grade education would have enough sense to avoid: serving two masters. If he wants to jump in bed with the gopers and do some spiritual buggery, he gives up any validity and just comes across as another bought shill. His own org. didn’t have too much trouble squeezing him out.

    • wken always makes a good point. these religious guys who want to dabble in politics are like singers who think they could be good actors (or vice versa) and wind up looking ridiculous.

      • At least Rick Springfield had the sense to get himself blown up after only about a minute of face-time in the original “Battlestar Galactica.”

        My parents keep watching Randy Travis in movie specials, and it really is painful.

        Wait, maybe that wasn’t your main point … never mind.

        • the reason i thought of that analogy is that i saw a movie with clint black over the weekend. i don’t know if i kept watching because it was funny or because it was like a bad accident.

  5. Joanaroo

    Nonnie, I know it was a quote, but you used Jim Bunning and strong principled conservative in the same sentence. =) What is wrong with this picture?