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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Family values -- UPDATE

Posted By on Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 5:17 AM

Mitt Romney made his pitch yesterday to the Religious Right "values summit" in Washington that other Republican candidates will address today. I hope to update here. Romney took pokes at oft-married Giuliani and boasted of his family values and the participation of all his children in his campaign. Here's today's Washington Post coverage. There's a good chance, I think, that Mike Huckabee will score with this crowd and continue his ascendancy among Beltway media. Fred Thompson was uninspiring in his speech. Huckabee has organizers campaigning for votes in the group's straw poll.

UPDATE: Bro. Huck dished up the red meat as expected. He called for Constitutional amendments, both on marriage and one  mirroring the Arkansas amendment that says life begins at conception. Outlaw abortion in other words. But, that's not surprising. This is the compassionate conservative who denied Medicaid funds for an abortion for a retarded teen raped by her stepfather. He said:

I’d like to do at the national level what we saw done at the state level in Arkansas, and that is making it constitutionally clear that life begins at conception,’’ Huckabee said. “That’s what defines us as a civilization and a culture. We care about individuals because of the intrinsic human value in every single life.’’

UPDATE II: NY Times leads with Giuliani and indicates the former mayor did reasonably well. But the account mentions that Huckabee rocked the place, making it feel like a "tent revival." American Prospect makes it sound like a real sword drill by the Huck. Similar take from Washington Post, which included this:

Huckabee urged those in attendance not to be swayed by the issue of who is the most electable candidate but to remain true to their conservative convictions. Better to support candidates who "sing from their hearts," he said, than to follow those who "just lip-sync the lyrics from our songs."

Isn't that what the Club for Growth says about Huck and taxes?

UPDATE III: Mild surprise. Romney, not Huckabee, won the straw poll, but only by 30 votes out of more than 5,000 cast. Paul and Thompson came next. (Wacky bunch, eh?) Further UPDATE: Politico explains that Huckabee carried the room, but Romney won through on-line voting. This sounds like a valid point, even if Politico, a Republican sympathizer generally, really worships the Huck. Of course, Huck could have organized on-line vote stuffing, too. Remember that winning the room means Huck got 488 votes from absolutely extreme Religious Right followers. Do they represent Middle America? They most assuredly do not. See two Bill Clinton wins for proof of that, plus Al Gore's victory in 2000.

Important note: AP summary leads with standing ovations for Huckabee over polite response for Giuliani. Lots of papers will carry that spin. But here's a thought: You can be TOO churchy. And there's also this: No poll I've ever seen says the U.S. wants abortion illegal.


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