January 16, 2008

Michigan Primary Mystery: Huckabee a Distant Third Despite Promise to Make Constitution Godly

Once again, the supernatural power to which Mike Huckabee attributed his surge in opinion polls last December failed to come to his aid in the Michigan Republican primary. He finished a distant third, taking just 16% of the vote behind winner Mitt Romney (39%) and John McCain (30%). What I wrote in last week's entry about the New Hampshire primary applies here. God has apparently not backed a horse in this race despite Huckabee's earlier contention that he was the anointed one.

Huckabee's loss must be especially puzzling to him in light of his explicit promise to amend the Constitution so that it conforms to "God's standards" by which, of course, he means the Bible:

I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards.

Mike Huckabee, Warren, MI, Jan. 14, 2008

To say that the quote exemplifies Huckabee's belief that no Constitutional separation of religion and government is inadequate; this is Huckabee-as-preacher speaking for Jehovah. He essentially wants to do for America what the Taliban did for Afghanistan. Every time Huckabee loses, I feel a little better. Every time he loses, America wins.

The South Carolina primary is in three days. Huckabee's strategy has been to campaign heavily there, and I would be surprised if he doesn't win in that state. He's hanging on for the primaries in the heavily evangelical South:
We put a flag in the ground here Saturday. We're going to make it real clear that the first-in-the-South primary is going to give their support to the first-in-the-South candidate.


South Carolina is, I think, a must-win for him at this point. If he can't take a conservative, religious Southern state, he's done for. He'll likely take it, though, and lumber on with his message of desecularization. I'm sure that's what he's praying for.

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