This really is troubling:
Some leading conservative activists say they plan to screen 2008 Republican presidential hopefuls, perhaps as early as this fall, in hopes of finding a candidate they can endorse as a group.
Religious and social conservatives, long an influential power center within the Republican Party, have been stepping up their efforts in the months since the 2004 election, when conservative Christian voters played a key role in helping President Bush gain a second term.
With an eye toward the post-Bush succession fight, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said yesterday that he and other conservative activists would like to “interview some of the candidates” sometime this fall and determine whether a single candidate merits their support.
I don’t care who is doing this- the religious right is well within their rights to screen whoever they want, whatever I think about Tony Perkins. What troubles me is that it is tarting ALREADY.
It is 2005. Bush was sworn in less than five months ago. The permanent campaign is upon us.