Religious conservatives are seeking a candidate they can support for the White House in 2008. The problem for them is that all the leading GOP candidates have flaws such as not wanting to stone gay Americans, end abortion, or slam the door on our immigrant friends. As a result, the power players on the right are frothing with a desire to find a perfect candidate. They need to find a real knuckle-dragger.
And if they can’t find the perfect zealot, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, a truly laughable organization, has an answer. From the Sunday edition of the NYT.
“Mr. Norquist said he remained open to any of the three candidates who spoke to the council (Brownback, Huckabee, Hunter) or to Mr. Romney. He argued that with the right promises, any of the four could redeem themselves in the eyes of the conservative movement despite their past records, just as some high school students take abstinence pledges even after having had sex.
“It’s called secondary virginity,” Mr. Norquist said. “It is a big movement in high school and also available for politicians.”
In other words just say anything. The right-wing conservatives are so hungry for a candidate that they can be bought with a song and a dance.