Remember that Novak piece from last Monday? You know, the one that painted Evangelicals as vindictive, judgmental . . . those sorts of things? Huck denied the story as he found someone to float Veep rumors on his behalf. Well, the denials keep piling up. (HT: EFM)
This blog came out of Novak’s contention that, essentially, Evangelicals were small-minded individuals that could not bring themselves to vote for a Mormon. I have begun to get the distinct impression that Robert Novak does not like us. Too bad we keep giving him fuel for his tirades. Admittedly, he makes mountains out of molehills, but we still give him the molehills.
Veep Rumors . . .
Earl Ofari Hutchinson does a spot on analysis of why McCain should pick Romney as his running mate. Hutchinson is a black liberal that sees everything, and I mean everything, through the lens of race. Yet this piece is intelligent and smart and pretty much right on. So why do I smell a rat?
The common wisdom appears to be that if Romney is the Veep choice, The Question has been immunized and will be a non-starter. I disagree. Please remember that during Romney’s run, it was the left that was most vituperative in their invocations of the issue of Romney’s religion (Weisberg, Woodward, Linker, et. al.). I think they believe they were effective, because I do not think they get the Huckabee factor at all. Therefore, I also think that they are salivating over the possibility of a Romney veep choice so they can do it all over again. I also think they think it will be effective because of McCain’s weakness amongst Evangelicals.
However, given last week’s California Supreme Court decision, “The Sleeper has awoken.” (Forgive my very geeky sci-fi allusion, sometimes I cannot resist.) Evangelicals may have rallied to one of their own in the primary, but with such a stark vision of a liberal future handed to them on a silver platter, they will rally as needed. I also think that absent that rallying point they will recognize a generic religion attack dressed up in Mormon clothing for what it is.
So, The Question may be immunized to the extent that it will not prove fatal, but the attacks would come, they would come ugly, and the fight would be horrendous. I think the left views a Romney veep choice as a weapon in their arsenal. It’ll backfire, but that will not prevent them from trying it.
Lowell: I’ll fire up my crystal ball and disagree slightly. I too think the left will come out swinging against Romney as V.P., and will make religious attacks. Something deep inside tells me, however, that the attacks would be harmless and may even help a McCain-Romney ticket. For one thing, I think analogies will abound to Joseph Lieberman in 2000. People will see the attacks and ask themselves: Why were religiously-based attacks against him illegitimate, if it’s OK to raise them against Romney?
Also, there seems to be something about raising such a tangential issue against the veep nominee that is simply . . . creepy. Stay with me on this. Maybe it’s because voters look at the V.P., rightly or wrongly, as a somewhat tangential figure who waits in the wings in case he’s needed to fill the president’s shoes. If the vice presidential nominee’s religion is being raised to attack him — a tangential attack on a tangential figure — that seems more like a bigoted attack than if it were made against the candidate at the top of the ticket.
Although . . .
Moreover, even though Huckabee lost no time in endorsing McCain once he clinched the nomination evangelical community sources dispute the veracity of Huckabee’s support. [Emphasis added.]
I’ll buy that! Huck getting the Veep job is not gonna happen save in the fevered imaginations of people that can smell a juicy “story.” Huck himself, in the article linked above on his desires said of his Obama aimed “joke” in front of the NRA:
Huckabee added: “It wasn’t the first dumb thing I’ve ever said. And . . . it won’t be the last dumb thing I’ve ever said.”
Not exactly the sort of admission that makes me want to vote for the guy. What if he says one of the those “dumb things” to the president of Iran, or Kim Jong Il, or someone else that does not like us real well and has nukes?
We Are Not Alone . . .
And no, this does not involve either Scully or Mulder. This involves the Brits. Check out what is happening on their politics and religion front.