Young Evangelicals Flock to Huckabee

This really doesn't bother me. Not nearly so much as thinking Rudy Giuliani could get the Republican nomination.

If Mr. Huckabee can continue to galvanize evangelicals around his novel message while attracting other Republicans and perhaps independents, he will do more than advance his own campaign. He will also challenge the establishment of the Christian conservative political movement.

Young evangelicals are not only flocking to Huckabee but using grass-roots and net-roots to fundraise for him.

In Michigan, the Huckabee campaign had spent no money, hired no staff and had no office until last Wednesday, six days before the primary. But Gary Glenn, a conservative Christian advocate based in Midland, Mich., has been leading an informal effort to turn out evangelical voters. Some pollsters expect them to make up as much as 40 percent of the state’s primary voters this year. [More...]

....[In South Carolina]500 people, many of them young evangelicals, have signed up for online Huckabee meet-up groups, said Christian Hine, 30, the state coordinator of the Huck’s Army effort. Unaided by the campaign, volunteers have borrowed church directories and bought their own phone lists to try to identify likely Huckabee voters, Mr. Hine said, and even paid to print their own Huckabee signs when the campaign ran out.

Why do other Republicans bash him so much?

Rush Limbaugh has accused him of “class warfare.” The Wall Street Journal editorial page has called him “religious left.” And his Republican rivals have escalated their criticism. In a debate on Thursday, Mr. Thompson called Mr. Huckabee a “Christian leader” who would support “liberal economic policies” and “liberal foreign policies.”

And, he believes in pardons.

I'd like to see either Huckabee or Romney compete against a Democrat in November. It's time for the Dems to win a round. And I'd rather not take a chance that an autocrat like Giuliani or my grandfather's Oldsmobile, like McCain or Thompson, will be calling shots in the White House.

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    I'm tired of President having flocks (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 08:34:52 PM EST
    No Flocking Allowed!

    Does that count (none / 0) (#8)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 05:55:37 AM EST
    former President Clinton?

    Huckabee and the new Republican tactics (none / 0) (#1)
    by Aaron on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 07:54:57 PM EST
    Fighting to Lose

    [If Mr. Huckabee and Mr. McCain continue to set the tone for the Republican side, Mrs. Clinton would find it hard to escape the partisan past she unwillingly symbolizes. Her negative poll ratings are consistently higher than those of any candidate running for president. They seem more unyielding as well.

    Given that the Republican base has shrunk since 2004, it makes strategic sense for the party's candidates to be campaigning in an expansive mood. This new Republican style is not a matter only for the general election, however. As partisan battle recedes, the role of the warrior in both parties is diminished. Thus, Democratic primary voters may find Mr. Obama's claim to post-partisanship to be perceptive rather than naïve.]

    [On the trail, Mrs. Clinton has assured voters that she is the only Democratic candidate who has been "vetted" and shown capable of withstanding the right-wing attack machine. But that machine has grown curiously quiet of late. ]

    [Could Hillary Clinton retool her image and campaign to prevail against a Republican who attacks with love bombs instead of wedge issues? Mrs. Clinton's campaign argues that her experience in the culture wars of the '90s, her eternal war-room footing and her deep roots in party politics would be assets in what they see as a partisan death match. But she can sometimes overreach. The day before the New Hampshire primary, she took aim at Mr. Obama but hit the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. instead, angering Representative James Clyburn, an influential black politician in South Carolina, home of an upcoming primary.]  

    Op ed (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 07:57:32 PM EST
    he certainly does believe in (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 08:23:52 PM EST
    pardons, of convicted rapists, who then go on to rape and kill. what the hell are you thinking jeralyn? not every convicted felon is deserving of a pardon. really, they aren't. i'm shocked that you would tout this as a presumed positive feature of mr. huckabee, given his sordid history as gov. of arkansas.

    young evangelicals may be flocking to him (they are notoriously not too bright), but real people, people who read, will realize huckabee is on the same nutjob level with ron paul.

    Huckabigot? (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 08:28:45 PM EST
    The one who wants to send teh gheys and those with AIDS to "special" camps?  The one who raised those two upstanding sons who kill dogs and try to take handguns on planes?  The one who says crap like this?

    "Huckabee calls for wifely submission

    Gov. Mike Huckabee reaffirmed that a wife should submit to her husband during last night's Republican debate in South Carolina. Huckabee tried to soften the blow by saying that the Bible commands husbands and wives to give to each other 100%. He endorsed a far more radical position in 1998 when he endorsed the Southern Baptist Convention's amended statement on the family in a national advertising campaign.

    The Southern Baptist Convention revised its core statement of belief in June of 1998 to include an explicit dictate for wives to submit to their husbands. Mike Huckabee and his wife Janet were among the 131 prominent Baptists signed a statement telling the SBC: "You Are Right" about the new family code."

    If, after nearly 8 years of the Religious Right trying to shove their agenda down the throat of America, we elect Mike Huckabigot, well then, I will have to abandon all hope for humanity.

    Hey (none / 0) (#6)
    by tnthorpe on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 10:20:40 PM EST
    I'd rather have the youthful reactionary right following someone like Hucka-I don't believe in evolution-dodo than someone like Arnie or McCain. Split up that GOP coalition forever.

    Agreed (none / 0) (#7)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 10:30:55 PM EST
    Keep them fractured and each other's throats.

    To help us with: Huckabee Romney McCain (none / 0) (#9)
    by afisher on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 10:11:27 AM EST