Huffington Post notes that none of 2008’s crop of Republican presidential candidates bothered to show up for the late Rev. Jerry Falwell’s funeral… not even world champion ass-kisser Sen. John McCain, who gave a speech not long ago at Falwell’s Liberty University to glean votes from Bush’s once-formidable Christian conservative base.
Were the notable absences due to busy schedules or is it a further indication of the faltering political significance of the religious right?
Or were the GOP fatcats anticipating spectacular violence? This just in from ABC News:
Authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several gasoline-based bombs in his car.
The student, 19-year-old Mark Ewell of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service.
Three other suspects are being sought, one of whom is a soldier from Fort Benning, Ga., and another is a high school student. No information was available on the third person.
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Maybe the GOP candidates were afraid of being photographed passing the Westboro Baptist Church folk?
Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t strike me as particularly Christian to prepare for Molotov cocktailing protestors, no matter how rude they are.
I’m just waiting for some indication as to who he was going to bomb. Phelps or any potential librul protesters who might show up?
I’m also waiting to see how people like Pat Robertson react to the news….
Brian, I’m guessing given Pat’s particular form of mania that he’ll be talking tonight on 700 CLUB about the “holy bombers” and how they were “protecting” Rev. Jerry.
But who knows? Maybe the bombers were Westboro plants…you know, “gay bombers.”