Jewish Journal

John McCain and ‘a deeply committed Christian’

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 4, 2008 | 1:58 pm


Focus on the Family leader James Dobson said last night that he’s come around on John McCain. Why is that so surprising?

Well, beside that fact that McCain is incredibly uncomfortable in a room full of evangelical Christians, Dobson said in February that he wouldn’t vote for McCain “as a matter of conscience.” In July he changed his tune to tepid optimism. And then last night, before McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, whose Christian convictions have endeared her to a lot of my friends—Rhett Smith tweeted last night, “Sarah Palin, you had me at hello.”—Dobson’s organization sent this around:

Dr. Dobson: ‘If I Went into the Polling Booth Today, I Would Pull the Lever for John McCain’  ....“A genuine reformer. A deeply committed Christian.”

That’s how Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, described Gov. Sarah Palin, who joined Sen. John McCain’s presidential ticket Friday.

On a special Focus Action radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson said Palin has helped change his mind on McCain.

“If I went into the polling booth today, I would pull the lever for John McCain,” he said.

Editor’s note: I’m totally burnt out by blogging ad nauseum about Sarah Palin. I don’t care if Barack Obama drops Joe Biden in favor of getting Palin on his ticket, I’m not mentioning her in another post until at least Sunday.

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