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January 07, 2013 5:35 PM With a Sandwich In His Hand

By Ed Kilgore

You can’t pay attention to every inflammatory statement by a Christian Right leader (many of them deliberately inflammatory to attract MSM attention) or there would be no time to do anything else. But James Dobson is still a pretty big cheese in the American counter-culture of conservative evangelicals, so anyone thinking he or his “Family Talk” radio “ministry” is drawing in its horns after 2012 should check out his wild January fundraising encyclical (h/t DailyKos’ Steveningen). It’s a doozy, including references to the 2012 Democratic platform as a form of “spiritual warfare” against the godly, to Barack Obama as “the worst President in American history,” and all sorts of thundering against Republican pols and pundits he suspects of asking him to compromise with “sin and evil.”

But my favorite parts involve his attacks on Mitt Romney for failing to keep up the culture wars. Check out this wistful remembrance:

Do you remember the courageous position taken by Chick-fil-A in defense of traditional marriage? It became a national discussion with people buying chicken sandwiches by the millions. Gov. Romney was asked if he supported Chick-fil-A’s campaign for marriage during that time. It provided a perfect opportunity for him to identify with an important conservative cause. He blew it off and said, “It’s not part of our campaign.”

Yes, if Mitt Romney had bravely stood up to Satan and campaigned with a Bible in one hand and a chicken sandwich in the other, he would not have been abandoned to defeat by the Lord of Hosts. Or so it seems to this angry old man who still presumes to advise parents on how to raise their children—and to pretend he holds a monopoly on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • trex on January 07, 2013 5:56 PM:

    Yes, if Mitt Romney had bravely stood up to Satan and campaigned with a Bible in one hand and a chicken sandwich in the other, he would not have been abandoned to defeat by the Lord of Hosts.

    "Gird thyself with the bun of faith. Put on the chicken-breastplate of righteousness and take up the sword of special sauce, for these will protect you from the flaming gay arrows of liberals."

  • Mr DeBakey on January 07, 2013 6:14 PM:

    "with people buying chicken sandwiches by the millions"

    Mostly at lunch-time, I bet.

  • skeptonomist on January 07, 2013 6:54 PM:

    Are those cows in the chick-fil-a commercials campaigning for God and against Satan? Or will they have some message about milk-price supports - since they are actually milk cows? It gets hard to know who is for what.

  • mb on January 07, 2013 8:19 PM:

    Fun fact: Dobson believes that he has reached sinless perfection.

    Top that, Ed.

  • jpeckjr on January 07, 2013 8:21 PM:

    Pay no attention to that First Lady with her message about healthy eating. If you don't give us money now, not only will your traditional marriage be outlawed, but so will fried foods. And we're going to keep right on scaring you until . . . well, actually, we're just going to keep right on scaring you. We raise more money that way. Really, did you expect use to solve any of the problems we use to scare you?