Focus on the Family founder James Dobson spelled out on Super Tuesday why social conservatives donâ€™t accept McCain: â€œI am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.â€
Dobson went on to say that if McCain is the nominee, heâ€™ll sit out a presidential election for the first time in his life.
Itâ€™s unclear whether Dobson still has much clout. Can McCain overcome this level of hostility from social conservatives?
Meanwhile, columnist Kathleen Parker writes on todayâ€™s Opinion Page that Dobson, Rush Limbaugh and other â€œKamikaze Republicansâ€ are irrational and arrogant in opposing McCain and arguing that thereâ€™s no difference between him and Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. â€œPrinciples shouldnâ€™t be so inflexible that strict adherence elevates a worse alternative,â€ she said.