McCain pandering himself out of '08? [VIDEO]

Christian Right small fry, Jason S. Jones issued a press release on the Christian Newswire entitled: "Defining 'McCain Republicans,' Catholic Leader States: 'I know Conservatives, and John McCain is NO Conservative'"

He goes on to state that true conservatives believe in the Declaration: "'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"... etc, etc

And that true conservatives believe that that equality and pursuit of happiness do not extend to things like marriage: "...marriage—defined as a God-given institution between one man and one woman..."

This McCain-ing was in the context of McCain's flip-floppery as he heads toward a presidential run. Watch the clips (upper right) from a recent Hardball program during which McCain tries so hard to straddle the fence that he winds up hurting his... well...

Granted, this Jason Jones is just a dim star in the religious right's constellation but McCain has his job cut out for him as he tries to court the likes of Jerry Falwell while ensuring the center that he's not an enormous asshole.

NOTE: The video above isn't flip-floppery so much as it's an attempt to pussyfoot around a stance. Problem is, it's going to backfire. Primarily because religious conservatives aren't driven to the polls by laws as much as rhetoric. They want their leaders to unequivocally declare what Marriage IS, and then to act on that. Bush is having enough trouble with his inability to codify his bigotry, even with his unwavering rhetoric.

McCain thinks it's about staking out a public position which will hurt him with the rank and file evangelicals.

Conclusion: We can still call him "Pander Bear." Say it with me.

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