Focus on the Family leader James Dobson, a considerable political force among Evangelical conservatives, wrote off Rudolph Giuliani as unworthy of his organization's support, Dobson announced Thursday in a World Net Daily posting.
"I cannot, and will not, vote for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. It is an irrevocable decision. If given a Hobson's - Dobson's? - choice between him and Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran - or if worse comes to worst - not vote for the first time in my adult life."
"My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else."
Dobson's first presidential endorsement was for President Bush in 2004. His daily radio show, 10 magazines, and television programming reaches a huge audience, and he wields considerable influence over the voting plans of a millions of Christian conservatives.
Dobson is considered a leading proponent of Dominionism - a term that came into use following the 2004 Presidential election to describe the strong influence conservative Christians had on the election - whereby Evangelical voters were guided in their voting by their moral beliefs (as dictated to them by leaders like Dobson):
Dominionism describes a movement among socially conservative Christians to gain influence or control over secular civil government through political action -- seeking either a nation dominated by Christians or a nation dominated by a Christian understanding of biblical law.
Will the Republican Party survive the influence of the religious right, or is it too late to save the party from the Evangelicals?
We'll just have to wait and see what Mr. Dobson tells us to think about that question some time in the future....
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