Well, it just gets richer and richer.
Now, it appears that no one on the McCain team actually talked with Franklin Graham, let alone, sent him a letter. Apparently they left him a message on his answering machine. And it was months ago! According to the Graham people it was during the primaries and it was never followed up by either McCain or Graham. And it had nothing to do with meeting Dr. Billy Graham anyway. In fact, it had nothing to do with a private meeting with Franklin. It was an invitation to Franklin to come to a McCain meeting with other evangelicals. Franklin never responded to the voicemail message.
All of this out from the Graham people.
Wow! “Oh what a web we weave.”
Now, if you are not caught up on all of this go to my last blog and it will take you step by step, documenting every inglorious minute. It is a nice vignette into what the late Vince Foster sadly called “a bloodsport.” And it will be a primer for you Obama folks, so get ready. Your turn is coming.
(Ron Paul’s forces have been the subjects of this bullying for months now, because of their impertinent efforts at State GOP Conventions. In spite of their message, some of them keep operating under the illusion that this is still a constitutional Republic.)
Meanwhile, square the above revelation from the Graham team, that the only contact from the McCain people was that they left a phone message, with what the McCain people were saying yesterday.
CBN reporter David Brody: “The McCain campaign tells me that they have been reaching out to Billy Graham through his son, Franklin Graham. While no formal meeting has been set up, it is something they are working on. They told me that of course they want to meet with Billy Graham and hopefully that will get done soon.”
Brody adds this, “They tell me the Graham family has been very receptive to their overtures.”
Chuckle, chuckle. The McCain spokesman must have felt like he had hit pay dirt, a real sucker on the line who would believe anything he had to say, so you can’t blame him for pouring it on a little thick.
According to Brody, Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman said the following on the phone:
“The piece in Newsmax is false. Our campaign has been working directly with Reverend Franklin Graham’s office to facilitate an important meeting between John McCain and the Reverend Billy Graham. The report’s implication that we have ‘declined to meet with Billy Graham’ is blatantly false, because our campaign has already been working directly with Franklin Graham’s office and politely declined Mr. Jacobs’ offer to help facilitate a meeting.”
But the fact is that they did turn down the Jacobs offer and put it in writing. And at a time when they had nothing going with Franklin Graham.
In any case, we are pleased to learn that the McCain team recognizes that evangelicals cannot be ignored and that they are willing to meet with Billy Graham. Case Closed. Who knows, they may yet come down off their high horse and meet with James Dobson too. Perhaps I should make a big deal about that.
This is all so ridiculous. They should have done this work two years ago. But they better get it done now. And they better execute a little better too. Being honest with religious people would be a good first step.
They need more than Billy Graham, having him is just a no brainer. They also need Richard Land and Judge Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson and many other Southern Baptists out front. And they need Pentecostals and Charismatics too, especially since they now don’t seem to have any and have repudiated the ones they had. Who knows, maybe US forces will capture Osama Bin Laden and public opinion will turn on a dime and John McCain will have a chance this November? We all hope so. Just in case, they need to be doing the right things now.
Coming Tomorrow: Ron Paul’s Great Minnesota Adventure: What will happen at the RNC?