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Hannity Pleads With Dr. James Dobson To Support Top Tier Republican Candidate

Reported by Ellen - October 9, 2007 -

Poor Sean Hannity. As if the Republicans’ chances for holding on to the White House in 2008 weren’t bad enough, now Dr. James Dobson and a group of religious right leaders are threatening to vote for a third party candidate if either Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson becomes the Republican nominee for president. Hannity pleaded with Dobson to reconsider during the first half of Hannity & Colmes last night (10/8/07) but to no avail.

As Joe Conason put it in an excellent article at Salon.com:

“Having founded both a mass movement and a lucrative business on the promotion of "pro-family" values, the Dobson faction now confronts a potential moral disaster in the person of Giuliani, who represents the antithesis of everything they profess to hold most sacred. For years and decades, they have exhorted their listeners and contributors to despise every politician who supports reproductive rights, tolerates homosexuality and indulges in extramarital sex (or even divorce, which they consider equally sinful). So how could Dobson -- or any self-respecting conservative Christian -- ever condone a vote for the former mayor of New York, whose personal and ideological record is so profoundly at odds with what they have described as their bedrock beliefs?

To this day, Giuliani proclaims his pro-choice views on abortion, which horrifies the religious right despite his promise to appoint antichoice judges to the Supreme Court. His flashy wife, Judith, is No. 3, whom he acquired in a spectacularly public adultery that culminated in an ugly split from his second wife and accusations of multiple infidelities -- a family debacle that continues to damage his relationship with his children. After his outraged second wife demanded that he leave their home at Gracie Mansion, he sought refuge in the lavish Manhattan apartment of a wealthy gay couple, who sheltered him for several weeks.

In short, by any objective standard, he makes the Clintons look dull and even righteous.

During the three-part interview (from which Alan Colmes was kept out), it became clear that the Republicans are beginning to eat their own. For example, Hannity played a snippet of Thompson responding to attacks from Dobson. A google search showed that Dobson reportedly said, “(Thompson) can’t speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail.” and “yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!”

In the clip played last night, Thompson told Hannity (in another multi-part interview without Colmes) that he refused “to dance to (Dobson’s) tune.”

It was perfectly obvious to me (and also Conason) that Dobson is more interested in having an acceptable-to-evangelicals candidate than he is in a revolt from the Party. Nevertheless, Hannity was clearly worried as he practically begged Dobson to be pragmatic and realize that voting for a third party candidate would as good as hand the election to Hillary Clinton and bring about far more disastrous (in Hannity’s eyes) consequences than anything Giuliani or Thompson might do. Hannity told a skeptical Dobson that Giuliani has promised to appoint conservative, constructionist judges to the Supreme Court. A clip was played of Giuliani saying that several of Bush’s recent nominees for Attorney General have been advisors to his campaign.

Nothing doing, said Dobson. “I don’t believe that Giuliani can beat Hillary in the first place,” he said. Giuliani has a bad track record, said Dobson. “I’ve lived my life on principle… now is not the time to bail out in the hope that somebody will be better than we think he’ll be.”

Unlike Hannity, Dobson’s sole goal was not to keep Republicans in power. He told Hannity, “If Rudy Giuliani wins, I’m telling you the pro-life and pro-family movement is gone. If it’s Hillary, as bad as she is, there will be a mobilization to fight what she’s trying to do. If he is put in office by conservatives and those who are pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-family, I’m afraid that we will not recover from it.”

Following Dobson, the ethically-challenged Ann “Boombox” Coulter got her own three segments in which she also complained about Giuliani.

At the end of his interview, Dobson told Hannity, “This is a matter for prayer. I’m sure you agree with that.”

Hannity did indeed agree.

You can watch all three parts of the Dobson interview on FOXNews.com.