Dr. James Dobson, who runs “Focus on the [straight, Dobson-brand Christian] Family”, said during this Presidential election that he “could not in good conscience vote for McCain”, has apparently had a change of heart. Now he is considering endorsing the guy his conscience would not allow him to endorse previously.
Now I am all for people looking at the issues and making up their minds. Hell, looking at an issue or a candidate a second time and changing your mind is not necessarily a bad thing, either. It shows you are engaged in the process and that is definitely a good thing. My problem with Dobson though is the language he used when dismissing McCain. He said, “in good conscience”. From a man of faith that is a pretty strong rebuke. If he does indeed change his mind and endorse McCain it should be obvious that the reason is more about political expedency and less about his “conscience”. In other words, since the Republicans put McCain up as their man in 2008 Dobson and his cult risk falling out of favor with the Republican party establishment should McCain win the White House. If Dobson were just some other Joe it would make political sense for him to latch onto the “Straight Talk Express” now. But Dobson is supposed to be a man of God. When his conscience tells him not to support someone politics as usual should not apply. By the standard put forth by the Bible he believes to be the word of almighty god he is trapped into not supporting someone that offends his “godly” conscience.
Did god change his mind on abortion? divorce? foul language? embryonic stem cell research?
Of course not. The political season has changed and Dobson had to make a move. His only options were to stay true to his Jesus-based idealism or sell out for the Republican nominee.
We’ll see what he does…