Huck Moves Into 2nd, Nationally

It appears that my speculation that Governor Mike Huckabee would capture the culturally conservative wing of the GOP is taking place and is now reflected in a national poll. The former Governor of Arkansas has moved into second place in a national poll.

Sound familiar?

The GOP consists of three wings: the party of faith, the party of national security and the party of wealth and growth. Huckabee appears to be galvanizing the support of the faithful. 

The one thing that would shore up the party of faith would be a personal endorsement by Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family.


Comments

  1. Frank Soto says

    Did you see the Romney speech last night? I, for one, think he did a poor job, and lost a lot of the evangelical vote. I also think that he may have lost a lot of the libertarian wing of the party (which I would argue is a fourth on your list) by his statements that essentially made it sound like if you don’t believe in God, you’re not American. While we could debate the Founders beliefs all day, that is quite a sketchy thing to say in today’s world.

  2. I find this trend very disturbing. We already have a pro-life, evangelical, southern Republican president, and he is wildly unpopular. I believe our nominee has no chance unless he can convince voters that he is very much UNLIKE Bush in several ways, but not the ways in which Huckabee is different.

    From what I know about Huckabee, he is weak on immigration (just like Bush), but unlike Bush he has supported higher taxes. Also, Bush as governor had compiled an impressive record of executions, while Huckabee has his own Willie Horton. Also, as petty as it may sound, I have to point out that Huckabee’s name will work against him in certain quarters.

    What do “cultural conservatives” really want in a President that the other Republicans can’t offer? Obviously the Supreme Court is very important, but the fact is that recent pro-life Republican presidents have given us O’Connor, Kennedy, Souter, and almost Miers. I’m not a Giuliani supporter, but if he can be taken at his word, he will give us more “Alitos.” Also, I have to believe that if a Southern Baptist minister did manage to become President, he would have even more trouble confirming a solidly conservative Justice than Giuliani or Romney would. Senate Democrats could “pin their ears back” and fight even harder than they normally would–with no political consequences.

  3. kralmajales says

    The first third of his speech was really excellent, althought filled with platitudes. All the good stuff about freedom to worship and no religious test. That said, shouldn’t we care what a President believes? We do on issues? Why not the core of his/her beliefs? If a person worshipped Satan, should we, as Romney suggests, simply say…well that is his religion….

    The latter 2/3, I think, contradicted what he was saying about embracing religion…he went off on Islamo extremist (which I do not embrace), but the very term breeds a belief in many that all Islamist are extreme. It forces people, at the very least, to wonder if anyone attending a mosque is a terrorist…and to be suspicious of “them”…or to essentially require THEM to explain THEIR beliefs…even though Romney won’t explain HIS.

    I found his speech hypocritical to the NTH degree…if he had stopped at the 1/3 mark, he would have had us all (by that I mean Americans). Instead, he kept blabbing in order to pass the Christian test and the anti-Islam test…and anti-secular test.

  4. kralmajales-
    I disagree with your assessment of his speech. It definitely built momentum and ended on an extremely high note, hence the longer he talked, the more applause his speech garnered. He ended the speech on a very high note. Quoting his speech Romney said:

    “Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. ‘They were too divided in religious sentiments’, what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

    “Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

    “And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God … they founded this great nation.”

    I found this part of his speech to be very moving and the most important part of the speech. It reminds me of JFK’s rebuking pastors and saying that they didn’t ask which church he attended when he went to war, and it wasn’t asked which church his brother attended when he died in that same war.

    It is truly sad that this speech was even necessary, but I’m kind of glad now because it proved to be a powerful statement of freedom.

  5. And about Mike Up-Chuck-abee… He has to be about the worst candidate of all time. Can anyone explain to me even one redeeming thing about him (other than being pro-life) that makes it so that Up-Chuck-abee deserves to the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Everything wrong with Bush is worse with Up-Chuck-abee, and he will destroy the conservative movement!

  6. kralmajales says

    Tyler,

    Huckabee, as I have said before, is the only candidate in that race that would be a danger to the Democrat candidate in 2008. Would you like me to explain why again?

    I would have said Guiliani in the past, but Guiliani is unlikely to get the nomination now. Too liberal on social issues…and too corrupt in many places. First and foremost, I think he could lose some states that the GOP has been capturing traditionally…but that Dems are making inroads into.

    Let me ask again, do religious beliefs…core beliefs…matter to GOP backers or not? From what I hear all the time from GOP backers it is not just religion, but the TYPE of religious beliefs that matters. If it was only believing in Jesus Christ as your personal savior, then Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, etc etc etc. should pass the test as well. By the way, THEY also believe in freedom of religion.

    I don’t believe that Romney can win the election…and it won’t be because he is Mormon. That some in your party care about that, though, makes me even more sure.

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