McCain Isn't a Made Man Yet

The Family Research Council — Washington’s one-stop lobby shop for all things fundamentalist — is warning McCain that picking Palin won’t be enough to win evangelical loyalty unless he unpicks his media pals. Writes FRC leader Tony Perkins in an email blast just released, on the subject of what he sees as mainstream media bigotry directed toward Palin: “How the McCain campaign responds is critical in maintaining the intensity and enthusiasm that swept through social conservatives after Gov. Palin’s selection as the VP nominee. In the past, there has been an overwhelming public backlash against those seeking to impose a religious litmus test on candidates and judicial nominees… The McCain campaign must stand firmly against efforts to make Gov. Palin’s faith a disqualifier.” Got that? If McCain wants his new friends to stick around, he’d better be a part of their anti-media backlash.