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77153021-c2bd-40bf-bb63-3fa87ad9bf0e.jpgYesterday I argued that the wingnuts will find a way to forgive Rudy Giuliani for his lapse on abortion since Rudy is the strongest candidate the GOP has at the moment and the 30 percenters do not like to lose.  Pam Spaulding writes about the recent CNN special, "What Would Jesus Really Do?" that features this exchange between CNN's Roland Martin and Jerry Falwell:

MARTIN: Let me deal with presidential politics.

James Dobson, Focus on the Family, made some comments to "U.S. News & World Report" where he was highly critical of former Senator Fred Thompson, saying evangelicals are wary of him, because they don't know whether or not he is really a strong Christian. Yet, he gave great praise to Newt Gingrich, a guy who has been married three times, you know, who admitted to an affair.

It sounded to me a little weird there, that you would criticize a guy, saying, I don't really know where he stands on his faith, but I'm going to praise a guy who has been married three times and cheated on his wife.

FALWELL: Well, I — I researched that, by the way. I was, when I first saw it in the press, taken aback.

Dr. Dobson is a great man of God, and I thought there had to be two sides to it. That was taken out of context. And he did not question the realness of Fred Thompson's faith. I happen to know Fred Thompson. And I have met him. And I do believe he's a man of faith.

And, as far as Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani, both of whom have been through two divorces, we certainly preach for and reach out for the — that which is the ideal. But this is not an ideal world, and we're not going to elect a Sunday school teacher to run the presidency.


MARTIN: Well, actually, we did. We did at one time, Jimmy Carter.

FALWELL: Well, yes, and he was the worst we have had in 40 years. But…


Yes I remember this kind, generous spirit coming from the likes of Falwell and Dobson during Monicagate, and all of the charitable, forgiving things they had to say about Bill Clinton and his transgressions.  Well okay not.

There is a very serious money train from the taxpayer trough to the pulpit that has been established under the Bush regime in the guise of "faith based initiatives" and other boondoggles that has meant millions in the pockets of preachers who deliver votes.  They are no more interested in backing a candidate based on principle than they were in backing Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter because he is a good Christian.  There may be quite a bit of jockeying for power but in the end they will come down on the side of cold, brutal cash and find a way to give a pass to whoever makes them the best deal — and stands the best chance of being in a position to make good on that deal.  He can be the biggest father raping sonofabitch on the planet and they will find a way to make him okay with the snake handlers and keep that money train a-runnin', because that's what it's all about.

It really isn't an ideal world, is it?

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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