I know, I know. I once wrote a blog post asking if Sarah Palin is the new James Dobson.
But after reading a Newsweek story on the American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, and the fact that Palin is keeping her hat in the ring as a presidential hopeful, rather than pursue being the evangelical leader of America, I’m beginning to wonder.
As the Newsweek story points out, Fischer has been making some outlandish comments in recent months to the media that sound a lot like Dobson in his heyday. Is he calculating these comments to create maximum publicity? That’s what Newsweek wonders in its article.
“You might think that attention in the form of mockery is not what a public-policy organization would want. But when your business is waging a culture war, there is no such thing as bad publicity for ideological or rhetorical extremism. Being criticized by liberals in the media raises the profile of a socially conservative organization, and burnishes its credibility among the base. Just ask Sarah Palin, or her fans. Fischer’s critics also benefit from the twofer of his being both entertaining and threatening.”
Read the Newsweek story here.