Romney courts Dobson, fails miserably to persuade

In a story titled Romney faces Skepticism, writer Plunkett quotes Romney:

“I think, instead, it’s appropriate to talk in the broadest sense of values, of the common base which is associated with the Judeo- Christian ethic,” Romney said. “And that’s something which I do” … more

Only it isn’t working. Blumenthal, in an article titled The Swift-boating of [Willard Milton] Romney, argues that the Evangelicals themselves have mounted a counter-offensive:

… Two Christian-right operatives involved in orchestrating the charges have enlisted as Internet organizers for former Senator Fred Thompson, who is preparing to enter the race formally. The tactics of these religious-right players, targeted below the radar against Romney, are calculated to alter decisively the outcome of the Republican primary contest.

The assault was launched on July 5 with an opening shot in the form of a breathless press release issued through the mega-ministry Focus on the Family. In it, veteran antiporn crusader Phil Burress called Romney’s failure to take action against pay-per-view hotel porn during his tenure on Marriott’s board “extremely disturbing.” That same day, a Focus on the Family spokesman took to the radio airwaves to ask whether Romney would “turn a blind eye” to pornography if elected President … more

Focus on the Family is behind the attacks? But Plunkett claims that Romney reached out to Dr. Dobson of FOTF–aggressively, on his hands and knees, begging for his support.

So when Romney addresses the El Paso County Republicans at their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the sumptuous Broadmoor Hotel, a question will continue to resonate among many of the roughly 600 expected guests: Will they support him in the GOP primary?

“I don’t believe that conservative Christians in large numbers will vote for a Mormon, but that remains to be seen,” James Dobson, founder of the Colorado Springs-based but nationally influential Focus on the Family evangelical ministry, said in a radio interview in October.

The observation is momentous. Dobson’s first-ever endorsement to the Christian faithful of a presidential candidate is cited by political operatives as crucial to President Bush’s 2004 re-election.

Dobson currently is “sequestered,” busy writing his latest book and unavailable for interviews. But a top Focus on the Family official said Dobson’s observation remains valid, despite a recent visit Romney paid to Dobson at his offices this spring.

During a round of fundraising in Colorado Springs, Romney spoke with Dobson, Focus on the Family senior vice president Tom Minnery and others for a little more than 30 minutes.

“I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior,” Romney said in a recent interview while on the campaign trail in Helena, Mont. “And while there may be differences in doctrine and are differences in doctrine between my church and other people’s churches, the values that we share are common.”

Minnery said Romney struck them as “very articulate” on political issues.

Romney “asked if he could stop by, and we said, ‘Sure, we’ll see anybody,”‘ Minnery said. “I think it remains to be seen, though, that he’ll be able to overcome the difference with religion. We’re still a long way out.” more

A long, long way, especially if FOTF is behind attacks on the candidate as Blumenthal reports.

The Evangelical base may be in disarray, but it appears to unite around one issue: opposition to Willard Milton Romney.

yours &c.
dr. g.d.


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