The President of Criswell College (where I teach) hosts a daily radio show in Dallas called “Jerry Johnson Live.” Last Thursday the show made headlines because of an interview that Dr. Johnson did with Dr. James Dobson. In that interview, Dr. Dobson stated emphatically that he would not support a John McCain candidacy for the President of the United States. You can listen to a clip of the exchange here, but here are the money lines from Dobson:
“I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances. . . He’s not in favor of traditional marriage, and I pray that we won’t get stuck with him” (source).
“I’m obviously disappointed and I’d like to continue and have a dialogue with Dr. Dobson and other members of the community. . . I’m happy to say that I’ve established a dialogue with a number of other leaders” (source).
What is my take on this? McCain has no chance of winning the Republican nomination if he maintains his opposition to a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Unless he explicitly endorses this measure, he will not make it out of the ’08 Republican primariesâ€”not by a long shot. The other Republican candidates will exploit this weakness, and McCain will not be able to overcome it.