Amid the recent contretemps over James Dobson and whether he’d endorse Mike Huckabee, a most interesting take from the Christian Examiner, in its review of 2007 (scroll down, to section headlined “The bully pulpit”):
…Dobson appeared to be leaning toward Huckabee, though he too had not issued a formal endorsement. In fact, Dobson was forced to respond to news reports that claim he is planning to endorse Huckabee. An anonymous writer for The American Spectator published information on its blog saying Dobson planned to endorse Huckabee in the next few days in order to “reassert his power.” Though Dobson said he “personally knows and likes” Huckabee, he explained on the broadcast he has never made such a statement.
“I’m telling you, it’s not true and never has been,” he said. “I may eventually endorse somebody, but if I do, it won’t be done here on Focus on the Family. It will be done as a private individual and, more than likely, it will be later in the campaign when the situation has clarified itself.”
Some of Dobson’s critics — including Dan Gilgoff, who wrote a 2007 profile of Focus on the Family called “The Jesus Machine,” said that statement gives “leading from the rear” a whole new meaning.