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.