New Yorker outs the clout of ultra-conservative talk show host Bryan Fischer

The story says that Fischer led the charge to oust Grennell, who ended up quitting after nine days on the job.

The talk show host believes, among other things, that gays are more prone to domestic violence than straight people; that HIV doesn't cause AIDS; and that homosexual behavior is always a matter of choice.

He also believes that, because the U.S. is a Christian nation, "non-Christians" in the country have no right to the freedoms associated with the First Amendment. He thinks Muslims should be barred from the military, and so on. Such rhetoric has led the Southern Poverty Law Center to call Fischer's employer, the American Family Association, a hate group.

But unlike say, Michael Savage, Fischer has succeeded in getting many prominent Republicans to appear on his program, including many of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates (though not Mitt Romney).

Why? Because of his audience of evangelicals, a critical part of the GOP voting base.

Mayer quotes David Brody, the chief political reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network, as saying, "Neither libertarians by themselves nor evangelicals can effect change in America, but when you put them together you have a pretty combustible force."

The New Yorker article isn't available online yet, so the only way to read it right now is to pick up a copy at a newsstand, if you can find one. It's just something to consider regarding the conservative landscape that Jeb Bush said the other day would have a hard time accommodating Ronald Reagan or his father.

True, Reagan and Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority both came of age in 1980, and the Christian Right had already begun picking up support in Republican ranks. But its influence was just beginning to be felt in Reagan's era. The movement did not have veto power over personnel choices of the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, as it does now.

  • Conservative talk show host Bryan Fischer

Although Ryan Lizza's lengthy piece about what a second Obama term might look like takes up a significant amount of real estate in the current issue of the New Yorker, another story in the June 18 edition deserves attention going into this fall's election.

The story, titled "Bully Pulpit," is written by ace reporter Jane Mayer. It's a profile of Bryan Fischer, a conservative radio talk show host who broadcasts out of Tupelo, Mississippi and is a director of issue analysis with the American Family Association, a "pro-family" ministry that promotes Bible-based social conservatism and blasts popular culture.

Although Fischer has been doing his thing for a few years, he became a part of the national political scene earlier this year with his unrelenting criticism of Richard Grennell, whom Mitt Romney hired in April to serve as his national security spokesman. Grennell had previously worked for former UN Ambassador John Holton, as hawkish as it comes in the foreign policy world.

No, Fischer didn't have any issues with Grennell on policy issues.

He didn't like him because he's gay.

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