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Social Conservatives and McCain

Your proffered evidence that McCain has “obvious disdain” for social conservatives falls into three categories: social conservatives expressing their own disdain for McCain, which obviously isn’t evidence for the claim; social conservatives repeating the claim, which again raises the question of how “[e]verybody understands” it to be true; and, finally, McCain’s denunciation of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as “agents of intolerance.” I wasn’t a fan of that speech, but it hardly demonstrates McCain’s disdain for the social Right. In that very speech he declared himself a foe of abortion and pornography and a fan of Charles Colson and James Dobson.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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