I’m still hearing a lot of McCain supporters claiming that Barack Obama is not qualified to be president, because he lacks experience. As we all know, experience is such a reliable indicator of the quality of the presidency.
Speaking of Nixon, he was probably the first modern president to suck up to the current incarnation of the religious right. He did it for purely cynical reasons, of course. He was not an especially religious person. He saw the political value. As did the fundies.
This isn’t symbiosis. It’s mutual parasitism. Which parasite will destroy its host first? James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson, et al only seem to be slightly weakened this election. The Republican party looks like it’s about to topple. What will the fundies do without a host organism?