Thursday, February 07, 2008

I Question the Timing

I write this yesterday, describing in detail why I, as a Bible-believing Christian, cannot in good conscience vote for Mitt Romney. Today, Mitt Romney drops out of the race. BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE RED SHIRT.

(On a more realistic note, boy am I glad I wrote that yesterday. T'woulda been silly and pointless any later.)



Anonymous joshMshep said...

And now... we conservatives are faced with a decision.

The talk of Pat Robertson endorsing Rudy Giuliani now means nothing (not that it ever did!)

Neither does anyone care about the wide evangelical support that Mitt Romney won over.

We now have, on the left, Senator John McCain whom Dr. James Dobson says "is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party." John McCain promotes amnesty for illegal immigrants, he called Samuel Alito "too conservative" (a good indication of the judges he would appoint), he supports embryonic stem-cell research, and he has little regard for freedom of speech.

On the right: Governor Mike Huckabee, with 10 years of experience governing, a staunch pro-life record, and a proven force for defending marriage and religious liberties. During those 10 years, he reduced welfare roles by 50%, returned $400 million to taxpayers, and was named "One of America's Best Governors" by TIME Magazine.

Governor Huckabee's platform calls for secure borders, supporting the military, and reining in the rising costs of healthcare and energy through practical, market-driven methods.

And today, there is finally justice as Dr. Dobson endorses Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Conservatives need to back Governor Mike Huckabee for the good of our nation. Or do we have Hillary or Obama fans out there?

The lack of enthusiasm for Huckabee is baffling and, frankly, a betrayal of a man who has faithfully served his country--with conservative principles guiding his every step.

Can conservatives of all stripes unite around what we're FOR, rather than what we're AGAINST? If so, our values just might be represented in the White House come '09.

If we just want to sulk on the sidelines of this political race, then forget it. Let the 4 years of disaster begin, as some commentators have put it.

Vote Huckabee! And support his campaign!


10:58 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

If this is a genuine comment, I welcome it. If it's political comment spam (and it sure reads like that), well, feh. But allow me to respond:

1) If he's still in the race by April, I'll probably vote for Huckabee in my own primary, merely as a symbolic gesture -- it can't possibly make a difference overall; McCain currently has more delegates than Romney and Huckabee combined, and somehow I don't see Romney endorsing Huck.

2) I will vote for McCain in November, and I will actively encourage everyone around me to do so as well. I will fight, tooth and nail, any of the wicked idiots who say they'll just stay home, or even "vote the other side", just because of misgivings about McCain. It's way too important to do otherwise.

3) As I've said here before, I like Huck. But I think him staying in, particularly given Romney's concession speech about doing what's best for the country and the party (and giving the GOP a chance to start their November offensive NOW instead of duking it out for a few more months), very much hurts the public's perception of him. It makes him look combative, self-centered, and out of touch with the realities on the ground. Notice I said "perceptions" and "look" -- I don't necessarily believe these things, but it's not about what I believe.

4) McCain is very strong on abortion, so please don't mislead people on that. Need evidence? Go here. You also shamefully used QUOTATION marks around "too conservative", implying that McCain actually said that, using those exact words. He did not, and that makes you a bearer of false witness. Wasn't there some Good Book that recommended against that? That hurts you as an advocate for Huckabee, and Huckabee himself by association. Please continue supporting Huckabee if you felt led to, but more importantly, DO NOT continue distorting McCain's record to do so. It diminishes you, it diminishes Mike Huckabee, and it diminishes the entire political process.

5) Finally, shame on you for actually making me defend McCain. I feel dirty now. But we have to face certain realities.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that MR's dropout could be related to a possible under the table offer from JM for a cabinet or VP position?

Elvis Lives!


11:51 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

People said the same thing about Huck's persistence in the race as a Romney-spoiler, so at this point, I don't know, but I doubt it. First, I don't think Mitt WANTS to be anyone's VP. He strikes me as the CEO-or-nothing type. Second, I genuinely do think he was doing what he thought was best when he bowed out -- saving face and money, in the face of (pardon me while I channel Dennis Miller for a second) a Sisyphean struggle to gain the nomination. Sorta made me respect him a little more, even.

12:08 PM  

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