Here we go.
The christianist right has never liked McCain.
The christianist right wasn’t happy with McCain as the GOP nominee.
The christianist right (specifically the Council for National Policy) wanted Palin on the ticket and — surprise! — McCain picked her.
Palin, a member of the christianist right, has energized the party… and McCain’s candidacy.
But the christianist right, while pleased with the pick, is still suspicious of McCain. And Tony Perkins, head of the christianist Family Research Council, is warning McCain that he’d better come to Palin’s defence with respect to her “faith”. Or else: “People are watching. It will be very important how the McCain campaign handles this. If they become defensive and run from it and try to hide the fact that there is this element of faith, then I think it’s going to turn off social conservatives, evangelicals, orthodox Christians.”
In other words: We love the Palin pick. It saved your campaign. And we support you now. BUT: We’ve still got you. Do as we say, or you won’t have our support anymore. And if you don’t have our support, you won’t win the election.
In All the President’s Men, Harry Rosenfeld (Jack Warden) tells Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) that Nixon special counsel Charles Colson has a cartoon on his office wall with the caption, “When you’ve got ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
The christianists have McCain by the balls.
His heart and mind are following.