Saturday, January 01, 2005

Follow Dobson's Lead!

I've seen various blog entries today that either poked fun at or expressed outrage over the report in today's NY Times that Rev. James C. Dobson is planning to use his political muscle to unseat any Democrat who blocks Bush's judicial nominees (link). He already has a hit list of six targeted Dems (Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Jeff Bingamen of New Mexico and Bill Nelson of Florida).

I think the above reaction is all wrong. We should neither laugh at it, because it is a serious threat. Nor should we condemn it, because Dobson is simply doing what we should all be doing. We should all be using our political influence to put the existential heebie-jeebies into our elected representatives. People like Joe Lieberman and Olympia Snowe should never go to bed without the nagging realization that any of us might bring about their political downfall.

Who knows? Maybe if more politicians were afraid of us like they are afraid of Dobson then maybe they might have to actually think about what they are doing instead of simply shrinking away from anything that causes pain.

Take Dobson seriously and follow his lead. That's what I say.


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