In a time when “flip-flopping” is considered a cardinal sin, Dr James Dobson, the ruling prince of the Religious Right™ appears poised to commit an egregious flip-flop of his own:

The AP reports, “Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings. ‘I never thought I would hear myself saying this,’ Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. ‘… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.’”

You’ll note the twisted language Dobson used — “I’m not endorsing McCain, but I might” — which shows just how tortured the Dobster must feel over this. As I blogged earlier, just a few weeks ago the Dobster had vehemently denied the slightest possibility of any support for McCain, going so far as to declare his sheep “stay-at-homes” rather than vote for a conservative who’s not quite conservative enough for him. Now he’s hedging, implying he might.

This is precious, especially since that the idea that someone might “flip-flop” sends shivers down the horrifically righteous spines of the morally straitjacketed Religious Right™. The political reality that the Dobster will not get a slavering mindless evangelical into the White House this year must have unhinged him.

Of course, the poor man need not have put himself through these contortions; it’s not acceptable for a tax-exempt organization to endorse a political candidate. I’ve tried, but somehow cannot find how it is that religious groups and their leaders are entitled to do so and remain tax-exempt. Maybe someday the IRS will do its job and stop America’s clergy from doing this … but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for it to happen.

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