"Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances."

-- James Dobson, founder Focus on the Anus, January 13, 2007

Gee, you mean Bob Barr isn't a candidate Dobson can get behind in a protest vote against McCain? Bring out the tiny violin...

So much for principles and convictions from the moralist of Colorado Springs. With McCain crossing the finish line, Daddy D's fear of his shrinking political influence in the 2008 election is the magic circumstance that caused this flip-flop.

The spectre of Barack Obama in the White House has caused Dobson to soil his diaper:

"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to be broadcast Monday. "… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."

To continue … "Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain."

Another reason Dobson is trying to get back in the game is the frightening prospect (from his perspective) that other evangelicals are going to step into the limelight and relegate him to the shadows. In the WaPo, a prime example of the eclipse of Dobson is news that megachurch pastor and author Rick Warren has landed the coup of the political season:

The Rev. Rick Warren has persuaded the candidates to attend a forum at his Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, Calif., on Aug. 16. In an interview, Mr. Warren said over the weekend that the presidential candidates would appear together for a moment but that he would interview them in succession at his megachurch.

...Mr. Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” said he had called each man personally to invite him to his event, which will focus on how they make decisions and on some of Mr. Warren’s main areas of focus, like AIDS, poverty and the environment.

...I’m not going to give them any gotcha questions,” Mr. Warren said, adding that a typical query would be, “What’s the most difficult decision you’ve had to make, and how did you make it?”

Uh oh. No beating on the gay straw man, no talk about men in women's bathrooms...you mean discussion of actual issues from an evangelical perspective instead of fire and brimstone? No wonder Dobson has his Pampers bunched up. Warren's move is going to shove Dobson off the stage. Watch to see how Daddy D handles Rick Warren.