Some highly unusual endorsements going on.
Yesterday, recently-bowed out presidential candidate, Senator Sam Brownback, publically endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain. Why is this unusual? Brownback, an ardent pro-lifer, is bound to lose credibility with his strongest constituency – pro-lifers – by backing McCain who has been in hot water with pro-lifers since he voted for campaign finance and destructive embryonic experimentation. While McCain expects to regain some ground with pro-lifers, the reality is he won’t. Brownback will be the bigger loser in this endorsement as his supporters will take this as a betrayal.
Even more bizarre is today’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani by the Reverend Pat Robertson. What is the good reverend thinking?!?! Has he finally lost it? This will also hurt Robertson’s credibility more than the “God told me to…” statements he’s made over the last few years. Did I just hear the collective sound of millions of televisions switching away from The 700 Club?
In contemporary evangelical circles, Robertson has been considered one of the top five influencers. (Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Rick Warren, The Southern Baptist Convention and Willow Creek are the other four. The late Reverends Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy were also highly influential). Robertson can kiss that influence goodbye.
As this topsy turvy election cycle continues, we’ll keep you posted as other endorsements fly.