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Christian Right Helps Huckabee In Michigan

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The holy war has begun in Michigan!

Evangelical activists are helping Mike Huckabee turn up the heat on desperate Mitt Romney:

…As in Iowa, the biggest secret to Huckabee’s Michigan success seems to be his depth of support among evangelical Christians. Typically, somewhere between one-fifth and one-third of Michigan’s Republican primary voters are self-identified evangelicals. A few weeks ago, a Detroit News survey found that number may be as high as 40 percent this year.

So pro-Huckabee organizers say they are focusing their entire effort on turning out evangelical church goers. They plan to call every evangelical pastor in the state over the next few days. Those ministers can’t endorse any candidate from the pulpit — but they can tell their parishioners that “it’s their Christian duty,” to turn out on primary day, said [activist Gary] Glenn. “And we know who they’ll be voting for.”

A backward, bigoted bastard?

[Image via NY Times]

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jan 11, 2008
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  • 14 Comments
    • ee.em.bee
      ee.em.bee

      “A backward, bigoted bastard?”

      That’s putting it awfully gently, guys!

      Jan 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hells kitchen guy
      hells kitchen guy

      I only pray he gets the nomination. Then a Dem is sure to win.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thatguyfromboston
      thatguyfromboston

      my thoughts exactly hells.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • todd
      todd

      As Michigan falls deeper into recession and despair, the religous whackos grow in numbers. Is there a corelation between them?

      Jan 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ProfessorVP
      ProfessorVP

      Of course Huckabee could win the White House, that is, if Hillary is the nominee on the other side. Let’s be logical: Places like NY and California will be for any Democratic nominee. Hillary’s preposterous strategy is that at least SOME Red States will accept her as an old-fashioned, Christian prayin’ wummin. Ain’t gonna happen.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • retrofit
      retrofit

      to that end, what if Obama is the Dem nominee, and it brings out the millions of racists to vote against him.. and we got stuck with four years of this dick.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hells kitchen guy
      hells kitchen guy

      Gee, Prof, I thought you didn’t care who won, since they’re all tools of the capitalist death machine? Anyway, I disagree with your analysis, because there will be some far-right wingnuts who will refuse to come out and vote for Huckabee, whereas all the left-wingnuts will vote for Hillary (present company excepted, of course).

      Jan 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ee.em.bee
      ee.em.bee

      Right, hells kitchen guy. Not to mention the moderate-conservatives (I assume there still are some–what a day when “Goldwater Republican” = Moderate!) who would either stay home (diluting the impact of the rightwing fundy wackos) or hold their breaths and vote for an Obama-Some Moderate Guy ticket, given enough unification, bipartisan lovefest natterings from Barak. Stranger things have happened. And in an Obama-Huckabee matchup, the possible candidacy of a moderate third partier like Bloomberg works in favor of the dems, siphoning off horrified repubs.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ProfessorVP
      ProfessorVP

      Hells, not only have I never used the expression “capitalist death machine,” I don’t even know WTF that is. And I care very much who wins. No, a REAL left wingnut would certainly know that Hillary was no leftist, no progressive, but a shrewd and posuturing centrist who was a cheerleader for the invasion of Iraq, and still says she’ll keep a long-term presence there.
      Also, she’ll say she’s against same-sex marriage any chance she gets. Also, she’s a lesbian.
      Also, every poll gives her the highest negative rating of BOTH parties. That’s why she can’t win. Voters for Huckabee can be passionate about his ol’ time religious crap and “family values,” which means gays are the enemy. Furthermore,
      he can say the most hateful things, yet seem no more vicious than Floyd the Barber from the Andy Griffith show. But what on earth can get voters fired up about Hillary? Because she’s all girly now, and learned how to cry like her husband?
      Keep in mind, I didn’t start following politics three weeks ago. In fact, I remember the Dead Sea when it was just SICK.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hells kitchen guy
      hells kitchen guy

      “every poll gives her the highest negative rating of BOTH parties”

      Yeah, because polls are so accurate. At this point, I’m willing to bet against whatever any political poll says. They’re having a worse season than a bad weatherman.

      I know Hillary’s not a leftist in any sense. I was talking about leftist VOTERS, most of whom are sick enough of 8 years of GOP to hold their noses and vote for her.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 9:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ProfessorVP
      ProfessorVP

      I see no compelling reason for leftist voters to vote for Hillary Clinton, even with the nose-holding factored in.

      The reason the polls were wrong about Hillary narrowing winning New Hampshire instead of losing by 8 or 10 points was because they made their predictions, and all the talking heads quoted their predicitons, a day early. On the very last day, Hillary did her teary-eyed sensitive act and then the “Iron My Shirt” show. To me it was the worst acting since Ali McGraw, if anyone remembers her, but people bought it.

      Jan 12, 2008 at 2:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MauraHennessey
      MauraHennessey

      I remain for Kucinich til he leaves the race. I won’t support candidates that do not really support us or use us to scapegoat if they lose unless I have no other choice.

      Jan 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ProfessorVP
      ProfessorVP

      You and me both, Maura. Kucinich, all 5’4″ of him, is a giant among the men, and woman, running for president. And not just on LBGT issues, either. Of course his midget height, funny Polish name and bad hair mean he doesn’t have a chance, which is our loss. What a great president he would be.

      Jan 13, 2008 at 12:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dfrw
      dfrw

      I voted absentee ballot in the Florida primary for Dennis. I am with him all the way.

      Jan 13, 2008 at 5:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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