Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thompson to meet with evangelical leaders?

According to Brody, Thompson will be meeting with "some evangelical leaders" this week:

I've been told that some evangelical leaders will be meeting with Thompson this week. Part of the discussion will focus on his position regarding a federal marriage amendment. There's a major concern that his stance is a problem and he needs to re-evaluate it.

One person close to the process, who doesn't want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the discussions told me, "Support has stalled because of his stance on the federal marriage amendment. If he doesn't come around, I don't think he gets traction." This person goes on to say,"There were high expectations. He not only did not make these expectations, he did poor coming out… But if he comes around on marriage, he can potentially do it."
I don't think it does Thompson any good to pander to the Christians conservatives on this and tell them what they want to hear. It would be easier and politically expedient to do so but it would be better to convince them that this shouldn't even be an issue in the campaign (especially given the fact that there's a very real possibility that Pelosi and Reid will still be in control of Congress after the next election). If a Republican wins the election, there's nothing he'll be able to do regarding the marriage amendment. It's not going to happen regardless of who gets in.