dobsonfirst.jpgJames Dobson, 1/13/2007

"Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances."

Friday:

James Dobson told The Washington Times on Friday that he now fully supports McCain.

"If flip-flopping is a sin, I’m a sinner."

Who picked Palin?

Now that the dust is settling on the announcement, it’s pretty clear that Palin was the choice of the extreme religious right. We now know that:

And this morning we find out that the Council For National Policy (CNP) — a secretive cabal of which Dobson and Tony Perkins are members — personally vetted Palin in Minneapolis.

Last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC’s spectacle in Denver, the country’s most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.

This is a big scandal, right? That James Dobson is picking the Vice President of the United States? Not at all. So far the media are painting this selection — not as a total cave to his own extremist fundie base — but more evidence of McSame’s maverick ways.

The fact is, McSame the Maverick wasn’t allowed to pick the candidate he thought would make the best vice president by the wing of his own party he once called "the agents of intolerance." If he can’t stand up to James Dobson, how can we trust him to stand up to al Qaeda?