Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Random Thoughts On....

The Michigan Primary
I'm not surprised that Michigan went for Mitt Romney, but I was surprised that evangelical Chrsitians went for Mitt Romney by such a wide margin.
"About four in 10 in Michigan's GOP contest called themselves born again or evangelical Christians, but unlike Iowa — where they carried Mike Huckabee to
victory — Romney did best. Thirty-four percent of them backed him, five percentage points better than Huckabee.
That can't be good news for Team Huckabee especially on the west side of the state which is more conservative and where he vigorously campaigned.

Huckabee's Problem
Joe Carter served as Team Huckabee's rapid response guy for a couple of months and still blogs at Evangelical Outpost. He posted a sobering (negative?) article on Huckabee
"A large section of the GOP has made it quite clear that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that the hillbilly preacher doesn't win the nomination. Many of them--and we all know who they are--will lie about his record and his positions in order to put an end to his campaign."
It can't be good for Huckabee when members of his team are making him out to be the victim of his own party! If nothing else it makes him appear weak and not very presidential. But the fact of the matter is, Huckabee is the one who is prone to lying about about his own record. He lied to Fox News about the reason he begged for new taxes in Arkansas . Huckabee also lied about having a theology degree, and he lied about "always" being in support of a life amendment to the Consitutiton. Oh, and then there's the non-partisan group, Judicial Watch calling him one of the Ten Most Corrupt Politicians of 2007 along with Hillary and Rudy! And Joe Carter is worried about his political enemies lying about his record?

The HSLDA-PAC endorsement
Is HSLDA feeling the heat for their endorsment? Maybe so. For some reason, they felt the need to need to reaffirm their endorsement of Huckabee. I've received quite a few emails suggesting that I'm being unfair to Huckabee and that he "did the best he could with a Democrat legislature." I am preparing to respond to those emails in a post soon. Stay tuned. (If you haven't read my posts on Huckabee and Homeschooling/Education. You can find them all here.)

Does this bother anyone else?
Huckabee said in a speech here in Michigan,
"[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards,"
Just because I might agree with some of Huckabee's theology doesn't meant that I want it to become Constitutional law. That's just not a precedent I want to set. What if Mitt Romeny or a Muslim had said this? (You Tube here.) Contrast Huckabee with Thompson's approach to governing,
"Christ didn’t tell us to go to the government and pass a bill to get some of these social problems dealt with. He told us to do it, The government has its role, but we need to keep firmly in mind the role of the government, and the role of us as individuals and as Christians on the other."
Does anyone else think it's time for Huckabee to do a "Baptist" speech like Romney did?

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