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November 14, 2007 07:03 PM UTC

Has the Religious Right found their candidate?

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  • by: robert

Yesterday I was surprised to see that that National Right to Life decided to endorse Fred Thompson for president.  On the Republican side, that may be the biggest endorsement out there.  In an election cycle where conservative Christians have often felt left without a viable candidate, this could become a major event.

Right now the Republican and Democratic primaries are starkly different.  Democrats seem split into two groups–those supporting and opposed to Clinton.  It becomes a pretty easy decision for Democrats.  Republicans are faced with three to four top tier candidates (depending on how you view John McCain), plus one emerging second tier candidate.  And without a clear frontrunner as on the democratic side, Republicans are left with a complicated decision.

Conservative Christians like have some serious thinking to do before voting this spring.  Most want to see a clear choice of a conservative candidate who will rally the now disjointed conservative base.  That candidate will also need to be capable of running against an incredibly strong candidate in Hillary Clinton who will likely soar to the democratic nomination, relatively unscathed by any opponent. 

So the choices up until now have been clouded on the Republican side.  Giuliani is too liberal and would likely spark a 3rd party protest candidate.  Romney is too Mormon and would be as risky as the Democrats putting forward a gay candidate.  Thompson is not liked by Dobson and was unable to consolidate the conservative vote after entering the race.  McCain is not credible anymore as a viable candidate, given his 8 years of campaigning and still running near the back of the pack.  And Huckabee is too low in the polls to likely be a serious player.  Could the NRL endorsement suddenly change the race?  NRL controls many single issue voters it, and these people are grassroots activist whose organizations will now almost uniformly flock to Thompson. 

This endorsement trumps Jim Dobson’s doubt and could start the consolidation of the conservative vote around Thompson.  If Thompson is able to capitalize on this endorsement, he should move into a very strong second place and turn the race into a two way with Giuliani.  If he is unable to pull away from the pack, he probably is incapable of getting the nomination under any circumstances and the religious right will have to keep searching for a candidate.

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  1. why the Religious Right hasn’t rallied around Huckabee, unless it’s that nagging anti-corporate stance I’ve heard he has. (Haven’t actually read up on that, but I saw it mentioned on some blog.) If he isn’t cozy with big business, it would explain everything about the major leaders throwing their support to other, less moral (to use their definition) candidates (how many divorces does Giuliani have again?). They’re all about the money – so-called morality is only their vehicle to making it.

    I also read somewhere that Huckabee was gaining significantly in the polls in Iowa. I’m thinking that actual “values voters” know enough these days how to find the candidate that matches their values without waiting for Pat Robertson and James Dobson to tell them who that is. It’s probably too late, though. The power players are going with bigger names, but Huckabee will make his name here and have a significant base to launch his 2012 campaign from.

    1. And not because of “social issues” – rather because he’s not afraid to campaign for the FairTax by name.  And not only is the legislation a good idea, but also anyone with the guts to tell tax-code lobbyists to buzz off so boldly has earned my vote.

    1. with this comparison.  There are a multitude of Mormons in congress and in leadership positions on both sides of the aisle (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for instance).

      There are two openly gay/lesbian members of the house Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin and (unless you count Larry Craig who vehemently denies that he is gay–he just has a wide stance in the bathroom) there are none in the Senate.

      There are currently no openly gay/lesbian governors (rumors about Linda Lingle and Janet Napolitano have not been confirmed)and at least 2 Mormon governors.

      Bottom line, Mormon’s have been elected to positions of authority and the country would be willing to elect a Mormon before they would a person who is gay or lesbian.

    2. but there is still a stigma against Mormons among some of the independent voters.  While you guys are right that there are both Mormons and gays in elected positions, none of them are in national positions.  Mormons are well accepted where they are known and respected (Idaho, Utah, Nevada).  Gays are well accepted in places like Massachusetts and San Fran.  I know a lot of Mormons and personally find it a non-issue.  Unfortunately, I know a lot of other evangelical Christians who do not trust Mormons for whatever reason.  While I wish it were not the case, I think running a Mormon right now would be risky which is why Romney is having trouble getting traction.

    1. According to FoxNews reporting, and we all know how reliable they are.

      In an article in The Washington Times on Wednesday, Paul Weyrich – the socially conservative co-founder of the Moral Majority who is backing Romney for president – is quoted saying that Thompson’s endorsement from NRLC “makes no sense” and speculated that it had been motivated by a pecuniary relationship.

      “I think in all probability the Thompson people were engaged with the National Right to Life people in financial dealing,” Weyrich told the newspaper.

      .

      1. I do find it creepy though, especially when he shows up with his little kids.

        ol frankenberry (look fred then look at a box of frankenberry cereal) looks like their grandpa not their dad.

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