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No Fred for Daddy D

Daddy Dobson of Focus on the Family has spoken, and Fred Thompson fails to pass the fundie test:

In a private e-mail obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Dobson accuses the former Tennessee senator and actor of being weak on the campaign trail and wrong on issues dear to social conservatives.

Isn't Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won't talk at all about what he believes, and can't speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?” Dobson wrote.

“He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent 'want to.' And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!”

…Gary Schneeberger, a Focus on the Family spokesman, confirmed that Dobson wrote the e-mail. Schneeberger declined to comment further, saying it would be inappropriate because Dobson's comments about presidential candidates are made as an individual and not as a representative of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization restricted from partisan politics.

…In his e-mail addressed “Dear friends,” Dobson includes the text of a recent news story highlighting Thompson's statement that while he was baptized in the Church of Christ, he does not attend church regularly and won't speak about his faith on the stump.

I knew that last bit of business was going to get the Law & Order actor and former Tennessee senator in trouble with the bible-beaters.

So now that Thompson, McCain, and Giuliani are off Daddy D's list, he's left with Romney and the rest of the wannabes in the clown car. I can't see Dobson bedding down with Mormon Mitt, given the narrow view of Christianity that the fundies have and his shaky, flip-flopping record on social issues. Perhaps he's going to go for sure-winner-at-the-finish-line Mike Huckabee.

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