Newsweeks Howard Fineman writes about what he takes to be the dynamics of the Republican nomination race going into next weeks meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. Focusing--much too narrowly, to my mind--on the usual suspects (Falwell, Robertson, and Dobson), he tries to handicap (perhaps in both senses of the word?) the race. Falwell, he says, favors McCain (kiss of death!); Robertson likes Romney (another kiss of death); Dobson seems to be leaning toward Huckabee (say what?).
Im dubious of a lot of this analysis, especially of his presentation of the relationship between Falwell and the Bushes pere et fils. Having read three "spiritual" biographies of GWB (the results are here), I dont recall much about Falwells role in them. And I certainly would like to see a textured analysis that looks beyond the usual (and now tired) suspects.