Will anyone avoid the Values Voter conference because Bryan Fischer is speaking?

Right Wing Watch asks a similar question in a statement and blog post earlier this week.

Mr. Fischer has blamed the Holocaust on homosexuality and thinks Muslims should not be given citizenship and many more things, some of which I have written about. These are radioactive positions that would ordinarily send politicians running the other way.

Pass the popcorn.

I think the RWW post is worth the read as they are not making things up about Mr. Fischer’s views. They are extreme and regularly leave me scratching my head.

From where I sit, these kind of skirmishes are preliminary to what the next two election cycles will look like. The GOP appears to set to fragment with social and fiscal conservatives fighting for dominance for the tea party movement. Could 2012 be a Ross Perot kind of season where a Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee is denied the GOP front runner status but goes off in third party direction?

At any rate, moderate voters disillusioned by the hope and no change reality of 2010 may well be frightened back to Obama and the Dems in 2012 if the Values Voter heavyweights (e.g., Romney, Huckabee, Pence, Gringrich) ignore or endorse the policies advocated by Fischer. However, it will be hard for them to do anything but show up and smile because the whole shooting match is being co-hosted by Fischer’s employer, the American Family Association.

More signs that the GOP may fail to take advantage of the mid-term malaise.

Karl Rove sounded a depressing tone for Republicans late Tuesday night, warning that surprise Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell has said “nutty things” and has ruined the party’s chances of winning the seat.

“I’ve met her. I wasn’t frankly impressed by her abilities as a candidate,” Rove said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “One thing that O’Donnell is now going to have to answer in the general election that she didn’t in the primary is her own checkered background.”

Christine O’Donnell was just added as a speaker at the Values Voter Summit according to a news release from Family Research Council.

FRC Action PAC-endorsed candidate Christine O’Donnell is confirmed to speak Friday afternoon, September 17 at FRC Action’s fifth annual Values Voter Summit. This will be the Delaware Republican Senate nominee’s first address to a national gathering of conservative activists since defeating Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) on Tuesday.

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  • Jayhuck

    At any rate, moderate voters disillusioned by the hope and no change reality of 2010 may well be frightened back to Obama and the Dems in 2012 if the Values Voter heavyweights

    I’m sure they may be swayed or disillusioned, but c’mon – the recession started during Bush’s presidency – what Obama did in the in the way of a “bailout” was sanctioned by nearly 95% of economists – as needed to avoid a depression – which leads me to believe people are not following politics as closely as any of us might hope. What does that say about us as a nation?

  • Nothing to do with politics – directly. But an interesting study that might give a clue why the “Golden Rule Pledge” was less effective than one might have hoped in the “Day of Silence” situation:

    Anti-Gay Attitudes Undeterred by Golden Rule

    Our results suggest that although the Golden Rule has an important influence on believers, its message of compassion may produce more prejudice if it comes from an outgroup source compared to an ingroup source.

    The study itself

    “Do Unto Others”: Effects of Priming the Golden Rule on Buddhists’ and Christians’ Attitudes Toward Gay People – Oth et al (2010) Jnl Scientific Study of Religion Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 494–506

    This would suggest that if such a message comes from outside the local group – that it is not generated internally from local pastors and moral leaders – that it will not just be unproductive, but counter-productive. Even if the message is in exact accordance with the local group’s written corpora.