DUBUQUE, IA -- It's no secret that Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler isn't a Rudy fan. But tonight, within spitting distance of Giuliani’s rival GOP candidate Romney, Scheffler explicitly urged Iowa Christians to oppose Giuliani in the race for the nomination. "If our party nominates this guy," he told a crowd at a Dubuque gathering of the ICA, "we will see a bloodbath at the polls like we've never seen before."Also, Iowa voters should take note that Scheffler made these comments not just while Romney was present, but in the presence of Pro-Life crusader James Bopp Jr. (Romney endorser) who essentially said at that same meeting that a vote for anyone else in Iowa but Mitt is a vote for Rudy, arguing that Mitt is the only candidate that can take on and beat Rudy.
Scheffler went on to slam Giuliani's position on same-sex marriage, life issues and gun rights. "Rudy Giuliani cannot be elected," he said, citing the ex-mayor's differences with social conservatives. "We cannot afford to nominate somebody who's out of touch with the base."
Let's see, Scheffler, as a leader among Iowa Christian voters is HARD CORE against Rudy . . .
These same Christian voters should then take pause at why Huckabee seems to be so pro-Rudy (and vice-a-versa). Shouldn't the so-called chosen son of the Evangelical movement have a little more "Rudy is unacceptable" fire in him? Instead, Huckabee isn't simply ignoring that the "front-runner" for the GOP nomination is anathema to all socially conservative things, but Huck takes it far beyond silence, and is constantly complimenting Rudy and even defending him. There is also evidence that Huckabee is timid about taking on Rudy head to head and has said himself:
". . . if you go after Rudy, you better be prepared to take one upside the head, because Rudy's an experienced fighter and knows how to do it."More "Rudy love" recently from Huckabee:
"There is an authenticity about Rudy that people find refreshing.". . . hardly what the social conservative movement is looking for I would assume (I'm socially conservative, and I'm not looking for someone who can't take down Rudy! Of course, I'm already aligned with the only guy who can take out Rudy AND win the general election!).
Makes one wonder whether Huckabee is truly a leader of the social conservative movement, or if he's just a political opportunist who is trying to ride his "flavor of the month" status as long as he can. At least Rudy's team sees that "Huckabee is an unmitigated Godsend for Rudy." (interesting use of that religious metaphor . . . are they saying that God wants Rudy to be POTUS?(sort of ironic, eh? . . . ). The social conservative Baptist minister rides in to save the day of the pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda, socially liberal and anti-religiosity candidate. (Please excuse me while I clean up my own emesis)
However, if what George Will is suggesting is really what's going on in Iowa then the above may all be a moot argument:
Although Huckabee is considered affable, two subliminal but clear enough premises of his Iowa attack on Mitt Romney are unpleasant: The almost 6 million American Mormons who consider themselves Christians are mistaken about that. And -- 55 million non-Christian Americans should take note -- America must have a Christian president.
Another pious populist who was annoyed by Darwin -- William Jennings Bryan -- argued that William Howard Taft, his opponent in the 1908 presidential election, was unfit to be president because he was a Unitarian, a persuasion sometimes defined as the belief that there is at most one God. The electorate chose to run the risk of entrusting the presidency to someone skeptical about the doctrine of the Trinity.
If Huckabee succeeds in derailing Romney's campaign by raising a religious test for presidential eligibility, that will be clarifying: In one particular, America was more enlightened a century ago.
I'm not saying that is what's happening and dearly hope not. If so, I'll pray even more earnestly for the future of our nation.I beg rational leaders of the Evangelical movement to see what's happening with this "Unholy Alliance" between Rudy and Huckabee. Then help convince and persuade others that Mitt is the right man at the right time to stop both Rudy and Hillary . . . that he is a leader with proven strength and results. Your endorsement of Romney can help avoid a situation where both party's nominees are unapologetically pro-choice. Most importantly, a Romney candidacy, more than any other viable candidate, can keep together the long-important "Reagan coalition" of social, fiscal, and national security conservatives.