Still, even McCain recognizes his troubles, telling reporters at a press conference in Phoenix "I do hope that at some point we would just calm down a little bit and see if there's areas we can agree on." Evidently, he was referring mostly to Rush Limbaugh and Dr. James Dobson.
Dobson released a statement yesterday in which he stated:
I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry’s running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.
Dobson and Focus on the Family have gone even further by seeking to enlist 1,000,000 "values voters" who pledge to vote only for candidates who value human life, traditional marriage and faith in the public square.
McCain's comment, with its condescending tone, betrays his lack of understanding of moral conservatives. We are neither irrate nor emotive. We are conviction-driven. We will not vote for a candidate who will not protect traditional marriage and who does not protect human life at all stages of development. For McCain to presume that we'll vote for him simply because we have more in common with him than Clinton or Obama will be the reason a Democrat will become the next President should McCain win the nomination.