Cage Match

CAGE MATCH….Conservative evangelical heavyweight James Dobson reconsiders his support of Harriet Miers:

“Lord, you know I don’t have the wisdom to make this decision,” Dobson said. “You know that what I feel now and what I think is right may be dead wrong.”

He added that he worried that his position “could do something to hurt the cause of Christ, and I’d rather sacrifice my life than do that.”

Conservative evangelical cruiserweight Pat Robertson is having none of it:

“These so-called movement conservatives don’t have much of a following, the ones that I’m aware of. And you just marvel, these are the senators, some of them who voted to confirm the general counsel of the ACLU to the Supreme Court, and she was voted in almost unanimously. And you say, ‘now they’re going to turn against a Christian who is a conservative picked by a conservative President and they’re going to vote against her for confirmation?’ Not on your sweet life, if they want to stay in office.”

I suspect this is why Dobson is more influential than Robertson these days. He may still be on board, but at least he’s smart enough to wonder if he’s being taken to the cleaners.

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