Friday, February 08, 2008

Romney Concedes, Dobson Endorses: What's next for Huckabee? Answer: Louisiana and Kansas!

I believe in the power of prayer, because I have felt it in my own life. It has helped me meet the challenges of the presidency. I understand now clearly the story of the calm in the
rough seas.


–President Bush, speaking Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, attended by about 2,800 people in Washington

While it is doubtful that George W. Bush or many of the souls present at the president's prayer breakfast were praying (at least officially) for Mitt Romney to drop out of the presidential race, that's exactly what happened Thursday. Romney stunned many, including his own staff, by declaring his intentions to "suspend" his campaign during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference—a group Mitt had so stridently aimed his message—and millions—at.

And then, to top it off, almost immediately after Romney's succession, Mike Huckabee received the endorsement he had long desired, that of Dr. James Dobson, the respected head of the national pro-life group, Focus on the Family. Indeed, short of McCain himself dropping out to nurse his old war wounds, it's difficult to think the news for Huck could have been any better.

Of course skeptics will point out it's still too little, too late. For Romney's retreat was hardly a Huckabee endorsement; in fact, Mitt's saying he was leaving so the party could unite ("If I campaign all the way to the convention, I would be making it easier for Sen. Obama or Clinton to win,") and THEN listing all the things he did agree with McCain on—seemed quite the opposite. Meanwhile, while the things Dobson said about Huck, "His unwavering positions on the social issues, notably the institution of marriage, the importance of faith and the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others," were great, and negative things he listed about McCain, "his support of embryonic stem cell research, his opposition to a federal anti-gay marriage amendment and for his temper and use of foul language," were both damaging and (in the case of the last complaint) a little humorous, they were "tempered" not only by the 11th hour timing of the endorsement, but by the fact Dobson added he couldn't endorse Huck earlier because the pro-life Mitt Romney was also still in the race. However, if Huck was disappointed, he sure didn't show it. "The people of this country need a choice, and right now I'm going to be their choice. I'm going to be the choice for all those people who don't think Washington has the answers, for all those people who think that somebody who is not a part of that establishment needs to represent our party and the American people," Mike declared. Afterwards, Huck added that he believed his chances "improved greatly" with Romney's decision to take his money (minus the 45 mil he already dropped on his campaign) and run. And if he believes, so must we.

In other words, we must take it one day at a time. Tomorrow, that means Lousiana and Kansas, and praying, donating, fasting—or voting—just doing whatever you can, so Huck and his pro-life message comes out victorious. Yes, Huck is down a truckload of delegates to the ol' war horse, but if we take it one day at a time, who knows? Sure, tomorrow may be rough. But there's no denying that today, for both Huck and the unborn babes, was a very good day indeed.



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