Huckabee Catches a Wave in "Value Voters" Debate
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won a solid victory on friendly turf last night in the "Value Voters" Debate. World Net Daily Host Joseph Farah moderated, with assists from people like the magnificent Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Paul Weyrich, Don Wildmon of the American Family Association, Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Janet Folger.
While over 2,000 were in attendance, only about 400 or so were selected by organization leaders to be delegates. Huckabee scooped up 63% of the delegate vote, far out pacing the 16% of runner-up Dr. Ron Paul, a Congressman from Texas.
Things happened just right for Huckabee. The front-runners in the race dissed the event's sponsors by snubbing the debate. They are not going to forget. Fred Thompson made a huge blunder by skipping out. These people control media that a huge section of the Christian Right listen to. They were all ready to line up behind Thompson, but not anymore. Into that setting steps Huckabee, and he was smooth as silk.
Paul had an off night, coming off too rushed and even angry at times. He could not tell the crowd what they wanted to hear on some issues. Their loud boos when Paul made the point about applying the traditional Christian doctrine of a "just war" to Iraq made me glad they called themselves "Values Voters" instead of "Christian Voters". Those whose top-issue is bombing people for Jesus until they turn into the kind of country that we think they should be are never going to go for the traditional Christian doctrine of Just War (or for Ron Paul).
Alan Keyes jumped into the debate at the last minute. Though he had flashes, he was too bombastic and shrill for my tastes. The others seemed like decent fellows, but they were lost even in the reduced crowd. If these folks decide to rally around Huckabee, look for him to jump into contention for real. And after that I look for him to cost event organizers most of what little credibility some of them have left after their blind support for GW Bush.