Thanks for the Reminder

December 29, 2007

From CNN:

A senior aide to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee admitted Friday that the former Arkansas governor had “no foreign policy credentials” after his comments reacting to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto raised questions.

During an event Friday in Pella, Iowa, Huckabee said the crisis sparked by Bhutto’s death should lead to a crackdown on illegal immigrants from Pakistan.

The Huckabee official told CNN that when he said that, Huckabee was trying to turn attention away from scrutiny of his foreign policy knowledge.

If Huckabee was really trying to divert attention away from his lack of foreign policy experience, he’s failed miserably. The absurdity of his comments yesterday have only renewed scrutiny of his foreign policy capabilities, and I would say that Huckabee is the candidate most hurt by the Bhutto assassination from either party.

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Mike Huckabee, Putting the Christ in Politics

December 18, 2007

So Mike Huckabee has this ad out wishing all of us a “Merry Christmas” (not “Happy Holidays”), and politely telling all of his political opponents that ’tis the season to shut up about his flaws. Why? Because Jesus likes it that way.

You can’t make this stuff up.

H/T: Captain’s Quarters.


Andrew Sullivan Backs Paul

December 18, 2007

Andrew Sullivan has endorsed Ron Paul. More at the Political Inquirer.


Choosing Horses

December 17, 2007

If the politics as a horse race metaphor is accurate, it looks like the betting men (yes, and women) are choosing their horses. The Des Moines Register has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain for their respective caucuses. I write all about it at the Political Inquirer, noting that this is a victory for Clinton but pondering the significance for McCain:

I’m less sure about the Register’s decision to endorse McCain. It seems to me that, given its liberal bent, the Register decided to endorse McCain as the lesser of the Republican evils. In other words, McCain is the Republican candidate most palatable to the liberal editors of the Register. Again, this isn’t likely to help McCain among Republican caucus goers in Iowa, although it could benefit him in the general election in the unlikely event that he actually captures the Republican nomination. McCain’s reputation as a maverick is most helpful to him among non-partisan independents and moderates in both parties, so it could make him a formidable general election opponent. But first he has to get the Republican nomination, and I don’t see this endorsement helping him one bit in achieving that goal.

In another post, I note that the Boston Globe endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain, and I also take note of Judge Robert Bork’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. Finally, I discuss the wave of “anti-endorsements” that Mike Huckabee has received from moderate, right-leaning, and downright conservative bloggers, and I speculate that the Huckabee surge may be bad general election news for the Republicans and great news for the Democrats.


A Breath of Fresh Air

December 8, 2007

I’ve pretty much dismissed former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) as a serious presidential candidate due to his apparent laziness, but I really liked this paragraph from a Washington Post campaign blog (H/T: Instapundit):

Asked about his religious beliefs during an appearance before about 500 Republicans in South Carolina yesterday, Fred Thompson said he attends church when he visits his mother in Tennessee but does not belong to a church or attend regularly at his home in McLean, Va., just outside Washington. The actor and former senator, who was baptized in the Church of Christ, said he gained his values from “sitting around the kitchen table” and said he did not plan to speak about his religious beliefs on the stump. “I know that I’m right with God and the people I love,” he said, according to Bloomberg News Service. It’s “just the way I am not to talk about some of these things.”

It’s nice to see a truly conservative Republican presidential candidate who doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve to pander to evangelicals. It’s also nice to see a candidate who admits that his values came from the kitchen table rather than the pew, which is I think true of most Americans. Forced to choose between Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Fred Thompson, I would now choose Thompson any day.


One Nation?

December 6, 2007

Ann Althouse informs us that Michael Newdow is back in court to challenge the “under God” clause in the pledge of allegiance, and this time he’s also taking on the “in God we trust” motto on our money. This comes just in time to ensure that substantive questions about issues like health care, entitlement reform, national security, etc., will be replaced by questions about this issue intended to create buzz and, of course, ratings.

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Symphony of Faith or Noisy Gong?

December 6, 2007

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) delivered his much anticipated “Faith in America” speech today, ensuring Americans that he will not allow his Mormon faith to dictate public policy. You can get the full text and video of the speech at Power Line. Frankly, I was never worried that Mormonism would dictate Romney’s policy. I’m much more worried that a narrow strain of evangelical Christianity will influence Romney’s policy decisions, just as it has the decisions of all Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan.

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