US Presidential: the Republican side

10 Dec

I haven’t been following (or commenting on) this at all. Thomas, currently very festive on his blog, has taken an interest in the US Presidential race and does seem very well informed. See for example Bad polls, good polls:

Shed a tear for all Republicans. Mike Huckabee polled a … wait … wait … get your belief-goggles on … polled a massive 22 point lead in Iowa! Newsweek released their latest poll, and he had the double-digit lead over second placed Romney. This is terrible news for the averages, as it boost Huckabee’s lead 5.2 points. He’s been swapping the lead with Romney for a few months now. I hoped that by not reporting about it, it would disappear …

So I checked this Huckabee person. Oh my! Where do they get them?

Even if you ignore the fact that the president does have to decide on policy positions that require some knowledge of biology (and so it would be helpful to know something about it) what does it say about someone that they’ve managed to get to be 52 years old and be nearly completely ignorant of the foundations of biology (or at least being willing to pretend to be so to get elected)? Truth be told, I can’t decide which is more depressing.

Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.”

As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.

Bit of a contrast to Rampant: How a City Stopped a Plague, isn’t it?

…Mr. Huckabee risks scorn from secular voters for defending the biblical creation story against Darwin, but faces accusations from some fellow Christians that he is soft on a range of issues, including liberal thinking in his own denomination…

As a preacher and a politician, Mr. Huckabee said in an interview, he has pursued the same goal: improving lives. “For me it was never an either or,” he said of his dual careers. “The realm you do it in is less important than that you do it.”…

Mr. Huckabee was born in Hope, Ark., and from the start, he was hungry to try more than one career: politics (he participated in the same teenage civic program that had stoked the ambition of another native son, Bill Clinton, 10 years earlier), radio (he did his first broadcast at 11), and religion (he delivered his first sermon at 15 and pastored a church three years later).

After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., he enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas but dropped out after a year to work for James Robison, a fiery television evangelist. To make himself sound more knowledgeable, Mr. Huckabee later told his secretary, he crammed on issues of Reader’s Digest…

[He] faces accusations from some fellow Christians that he is soft on a range of issues, including liberal thinking in his own denomination is almost the scariest bit of the lot!

It is worth doing a Huckabee search on Jim Wallis and Friends: God’s Politics. (“The monologue of the Religious Right is over and a new conversation has begun!”)

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One response to “US Presidential: the Republican side

  1. Thomas

    December 10, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    The only solace I take out of the Republican primaries race is that Giuliani is still the favourite to win the nomination. Not a bad thing at all as he is far more progressive than many of his running mates. But behind him by a measly 8 points (measly in that the race is far from decided, a bunch of chaos, and Republican) is Huckabee.

    I really hope that he doesn’t win the nomination – he’s the kind of guy who could pip a Democrat at the next presidential election.

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