Apparently, the folks at The New Republic are familiar with Sir Big Daddy Weave.
RICHARD LAND’S MAN CRUSH:While, as Chait points out, many social conservatives remain unconvinced of Fred Thompson’s commitment to their cause, the Southern Baptist’s Richard Land continues his tireless cheerleading for Big Daddy.
Even having talked to Land about Fred at some length a few months ago, I still don’t understand this particular attraction. It’s not as if Fred is the most conservative or the most religious or has the most irreproachable personal history of the GOP contenders.
My best guess is that Fred’s appeal for Land is culture based–i.e., he is the only arguably top-tier Southerner in this race. Rich or poor, Southerners tend to be protective of our own, in part because we’re sensitive to the fact that much of the rest of the country still looks down their noses at us as a bunch of racist, ass-backward, banjo-pickin’ hicks.
Continue reading here.
What’s most important Mr. Land … money? Power? Or standing firm on our convictions – especially when there is a horse in this race that is a TRUE CONSERVATIVE, and not one who just came by those beliefs recently to achieve a political goal. You encourage Christians to vote their values in one breath, and then in the next you encourage us to make compromises in areas of conviction just to support candidates that you see as rich and powerful.
You have said that you think Mike Huckabee best represents the conservative Christian base, but that you won’t support him because you don’t think he can win. Well, Mr. Land – he can and will win, but it would be a whole lot easier if you followed your own instructions and voted your values. If you would pick up the banner for Mike Huckabee, the burden would be lighter.