A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to turn.
I’m pretty dissatisfied, as I know many others on the “right” are as well.
The event was a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive club whose few hundred members include Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Although little known outside the conservative movement, the council has become a pivotal stop for Republican presidential primary hopefuls, including George W. Bush on the eve of his 1999 primary campaign.
“Secretive”? “Little known”? LMAO They sure don’t listen, do they! What’s so secret? We want PRO life, PRO 2nd Amendment, PRO American, ANTI tax, small government, candidates. The group might not have opened their door to the media, but it’s no secret what conservative Christians want in a Presidential candidate.
Many conservatives have already declared their hostility to Senator John McCain of Arizona, despite his efforts to make amends for having once denounced Christian conservative leaders as “agents of intolerance,” and to former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, because of his liberal views on abortion and gay rights and his three marriages.
Hostility? Well, maybe some are hostile, but that’s really not our way. Lack of trust would be more like it. Rudy’s previous marriages aren’t a big deal in my opinion, people make mistakes, it’s his stand on the murder of babies and gay “rights” with which I have a problem.
And some members of the council have raised doubts about lesser known candidates — Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Representative Duncan Hunter of California, who were invited to Amelia Island to address an elite audience of about 60 of its members, and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who spoke to the full council at its previous meeting, in October in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Although each of the three had supporters, many conservatives expressed concerns about whether any of the candidates could unify their movement or raise enough money to overtake the front-runners, several participants in the meetings said.
I don’t think there is going to be a “perfect” candidate for conservatives. I do wish however that the media would stop telling us who the right are going to support. I, for one, have no clue. However, I do know that I can’t, in good conscious, support either McCain, or Guilliani. If either one ends up as the nominee, I know the alternative would be totally unacceptable. Unless there is an extremely strong third party candidate, I’m afraid we might get stuck with someone less than desirable, Republican or Democrat.