Ryan Hawkins has a good article on TownHall today:
Once again, Huckabee is taking it to the churches to win yet another state.
What is most ironic about the continued Huckasurge from evangelicals is that evangelical leaders are the ones who threatened to abandon the GOP in the general election if a pro-choice nominee such as Giuliani were to end up being the nominee. (Remember September, 2007 with the meeting in Salt Lake City where these evangelical leaders mulled over the idea of running an independent candidate if Rudy became the nominee?) Now these folks obviously seem to be the ones using their infrastructure to get the vote out for Huckabee and attempt to shove down our throats a candidate who meets their agenda, but not the agenda for the rest of conservatives.
I liked Rudy, but have since gravitated toward Mitt due to my understanding that Rudy was un-electable without the support of pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage evangelical GOP voters. Mitt’s platform still possesses all the fiscal/economic issues I want to see in a candidate while maintaining a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage platform that would appeal to any evangelical voter. Fred’s platform appeals too (although to a lesser extent than Romney because of his opposition to a federal marriage amendment.)
It is time for the evangelical Huckabee supporters to understand that Economic & Fiscal conservatives now get to make the same threat that Evangelicals made earlier. Evangelical Huckabee supporters don’t like Rudy because he’s pro-choice. Economic/Fiscal conservatives don’t like Huckabee (nor McCain for that matter) because these guys aren’t fiscal or economic conservatives at all…their records prove it.
Here are the ultimatums from both sides:
Nominate Rudy and Evangelicals abandon the GOP in Nov.
Nominate Huckabee (or McCain) and Econ/Fiscal conservatives abandon the GOP in Nov.
Either way – we all lose.
Read the rest here.