With a Sandwich In His Hand

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.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.