Who's the Boss?
By Hans Johnson
Religious-right mogul James Dobson, president of a $110 million non-profit group called Focus on the Family, has a become major player in national politics, invoking God to urge voters to support initiatives he favors, including anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 22 on the California's March 7 primary ballot.
Known best for his nationwide radio broadcasts offering stern advice on child-rearing, Dobson has lately become a much-feared kingmaker in Republican politics. In February, when John McCain denounced the "evil" politics of the religious right, he was careful to heap praise on Dobson. Such courtesy is hardly mutual. Dobson went to bat for George W. Bush by decrying McCain over his temperament and lapses in a past marriage "reminiscent of the man who now occupies the White House." For Dobson, touting family values doesn't mean playing with kid gloves.
Hans Johnson writes about religion, labor and politics from Washington, where he is assistant editor of Academe magazine.