This red blip on the conservative radar screen is about John McCain needing to light a fire under… well, himself. Says who? The voices of the Southern wilderness themselves. I know, if you bleed the color of your state, stories like these shouldn’t be allowed but hey, first Amendment and all.
So sit back, remove your subjectivity caps and enjoy this story from CBS News.
The absence [of John McCain at an annual SBC meeting] has some Southern Baptists wondering whether the Arizona senator wants their vote. Others are more sympathetic to a campaign still gearing up, a candidate not known for talking about his faith, and reticence McCain might feel over his recent rejection of two endorsements by high-profile, evangelical pastors.
Now, what is completely fighting against the SBC’ers leaking this sentiment out to the press (which McCain may have access to watching or hearing) is this note in the second paragraph. Oh sure, read the rest of the story, but this summarizes everything:
In interviews, Southern Baptist leaders and the rank-and-file said they were warily waiting for McCain to inspire them while acknowledging that they will vote for him anyway now that Sen. Barack Obama, far too liberal for most Southern Baptists, is the presumptive Democratic nominee.
If that’s the case, it reminds anyone of then presidential hopeful George W. Bush not campaigning in the proud state of Texas where he was governor. Why should he? You really think a bunch of rednecks and ultra-conservative folk would vote for a Clinton in the mid-90s? Um, no.
That said, SBC’ers need to wake up and play like the dates they want their sons to have – hard to get. Make him fight for your vote. The problem with riding the fence is chaffing. Make him feel the burn, folks. Deep down, McCain knows there is no way you vote for an almost zealous liberal like Obama. But for heaven’s sake, would you tease him a little bit to create a shred of doubt before you sound the trumpet at the polls in November?!
Amazing. One candidate has an operation of faith. The other NEEDS to operate on his own faith.