And spare us the claims in the story that this isn't about stopping Romney. Three of "the" top leaders of the religious right - Dobson, Wildmon and Bauer - are calling an wmergency meeting to find a "consensus" GOP candidate, but we're not supposed to believe that this about stopping Romney. Except of course that the GOP already has a candidate that everyone expects to win the GOP nomination. His name is Mitt Romney.
It's quite telling that it's these three religious right leaders - Dobson is "the" number one religious right leader, and Wildmon is certainly the leader of the crazier wing of the religious right. This is an all out effort to stop Romney. From Jonathan Martin at Politico:
A group of movement conservatives has called an emergency meeting in Texas next weekend to find a “consensus” Republican presidential hopeful, POLITICO has learned.Movement conservatives? Try current and former leaders of two religious right "hate groups," as per the Southern Poverty Law Center. Why are we using new terminology now to confuse readers as to who these people really are?
“You and your spouse are cordially invited to a private meeting with national conservative leaders of faith at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler near Brenham, Texas, with the purpose of attempting to unite and to come to a consensus on which Republican presidential candidate or candidates to support, or which not to support,” read an invitation that is making its way into in-boxes Wednesday morning.
The meeting is being hosted by such prominent conservative figures as James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Don Wildmon, onetime chairman of the American Family Association; and Gary Bauer, himself a former presidential candidate.
Now, why are they against Romney? Certainly part of it is because he's a Mormon. Let's not forget, the religious right doesn't even think Catholics are Christians. You can imagine what they say about Mormons behind closed doors. The other problem for Romney is that he's a not so closet liberal who once famously proclaimed that he'd be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy. The religious right's followers aren't always the brightest bulbs, but their leaders know exactly what they're doing. Romney's track record on their issues, from their perspective, is abominable.
Now, it's always possible that they're doing this in order to exact a pound of flesh from Romney in order to guarantee his loyalty if he wins the presidency, maybe demand a religious right VP for example. What's Ted Haggard doing nowadays? Oh that's right, he's wife swapping. On TV, that is.