As a follow-up to Kagro's post about Republicans hiding their wingnuts, note how these well-known Dems are positioning themselves. I chose a lesser known source (a self-identified Christian-friendly outlet), but heard the same story on CBS radio:
According to the Associated Press, when Bill Clinton joined him on stage, Graham "quipping that the former president should become an evangelist and allow 'his wife to run the country.'"
Rev. Schenck has considered Billy Graham his role model for over 25 years. That's why the Capitol Hill minister traveled from Washington, DC, to New York City this weekend to witness what may be the ailing evangelist's last crusade. But after he saw the Clintons exploit the aging Graham, he couldn't bear to stay and hear him preach.
"I was stunned and appalled," said Schenck, who left the Flushing Meadows Park as Graham was still complimenting the Clintons.
"This was a deliberate, cunning, purely political move by the Clintons to divide the Evangelical vote and assure Hillary of a victory in '08," said Schenck, a minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance and a missionary to elected officials.
It was also a gathering of 80,000 in Flushing Meadow, NY to hear the Rev. Graham in his last crusade. Graham brought up the Clintons because they were guests who spoke yesterday, and when the mostly cheering conservative crowd was joined by some sprinkled booing, Graham stepped up to the defense of the Clintons with a warm series of words about them.
The Rev. Schenck needs to understand that when you're in NY, you're in hostile territory. NYers like the Clintons, and after the reprehensible Rove comments, were only too happy to welcome them... and this was a gathering of mostly conservatives, as identified on CBS.
What's my point? Only the irony of Rs hiding their evangelicals while the Dems feature theirs. will it make any difference whatsoever? It will to the wings of both parties... but they're not likely to be decisive in 2008, even though neither side will admit it. There's still a moderate/swing/centrist middle, and they're still a force to reckon with. The politician that gets both the center and the flank is the politician that wins.
It's what makes McCain the front-runner. Too bad he has to run in a primary. The CA Governator shows why that's important. And it's still unclear that McCain, Ahnuld or Rudy can actually win an R primary. For the purposes of R politics, everywhere is SC, except NH. And that's true even if Dobsen can be convinced to keep his head down... not a sure thing.
As for Bush, he's still tanking. There's no other reason for the Tuesday speech. Maybe he should go back to hiding Karl. Then again...