“Maverick” McCain Panders to the Religious Right

John McCain evidently agrees with Kevin Phillips that the GOP is dominated “by an array of outsider religious dominations caught up in biblical morality, distrust of science and a global imperative of religious and political evangelicalism.” and has begun pandering to them as part of his strategy to win the presidency. According to a news release from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University:

LYNCHBURG, Va. – American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Liberty University Vines Center. In addition, renowned Christian conservative leader Gary Bauer will speak during the University’s baccalaureate service on May 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the main sanctuary of the Thomas Road Baptist Church.

As we move towards the 2008 election, we can look forward to a procession of GOP presidential candidates wooing the leaders of the radical religious right. Their endorsement will be the litmus test for any serious candidate.

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