The Chosen One

From The New York Times:

Mitt Romney edged out Mike Huckabee in the straw poll at the Values Voter Summit.

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But questions were raised about the way the voting was conducted — votes were permitted to be cast online as far back as August — and even top leaders said there did not appear to be any consensus.

“I don’t think the question is anywhere close to settled,” said Gary L. Bauer, an influential Christian conservative leader and former Republican candidate himself in 2000.


Out of 5,775 votes cast, Mr. Romney won 27.6 percent; Mr. Huckabee, 27.1 percent; Ron Paul, 15 percent; Fred D. Thompson, 9.8 percent. Mr. Giuliani finished second to last, with less than 2 percent of the vote, and Senator John McCain of Arizona finished last among the nine candidates.

The Romney campaign trumpeted the victory, but there was only a smattering of applause in the auditorium when his name was announced and the event’s organizers cautioned against his deriving any kind of mandate from the results.


Mr. Giuliani […] drew a standing ovation from the crowd after his speech in which he invoked Christian inclusiveness, common values and his personal faith. He issued a litany of promises meant to convey that he would not be their enemy if elected president.


Mr. Giuliani spoke with a tone of humility, saying, “I come to you today as I would if I were your president, with an open mind and an open heart, and all I ask is that you do the same.

“Please know this,” he added. “You have absolutely nothing to fear from me.”


The results of the straw poll in many ways only added to the confusion within the movement. Anyone who is a member of Family Research Council Action, one of the groups organizing the summit, could vote. Joining the group only requires a $1 donation. Mr. Romney’s campaign, as well as others, has been actively encouraging people to vote online.


Of the votes cast in person, Mr. Huckabee was the runaway winner with over 50 percent of the vote, trailed badly by Mr. Romney with 10 percent.

In the overall voting, Mr. Paul, a congressman from Texas, finished a surprising third, which event organizers attributed in large part to his online following. Mr. Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, finished fourth.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, whose legislative arm was one of the summit’s organizers, said Mr. Huckabee deserves to claim a boost from the event.


A cluster of influential Christian conservative leaders were to meet this weekend to discuss whether they can unite behind one candidate. Most predict that they will not be able to agree and will be “released” to act according to their own consciences.


Rick Scarborough, an influential conservative leader who heads the group Vision America, said Mr. Giuliani may have succeeded in defusing that possibility with his strong performance Saturday. “He might have derailed the effort to a third party today,” Mr. Scarborough said. But he added that he would still do all he could to “prevent him from getting the nomination.”

Here are the results from FRC Action’s website:


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2 responses to “The Chosen One

  1. Friend of the court

    Go Kucinich! I would like to talk to the two people who voted for Dennis. Do you think that most of these folks think that Jesus was a Republican? I am not religious but, I did read the first five books of the New Testament, for a class in comparative religions, once upon a time. There was nothing in there that would make me think that Jesus was a Republican. Maybe, these folks use a different book.

    OT, where’s Gotta? I hope she’s ok.

  2. nonnie9999

    i think jesus was a democrat. i am not a bible scholar (i never read the book, but i did see the movie). however, i am going by pure logic and not scripture. rethugs, especially those who are values voters, are (in their own minds) perfect christians. jesus was jewish, and, therefore, according to values voter ann coulter, imperfect. therefore, he would not be allowed into the arena to vote.
    gotta is fine. i’ve seen her posting elsewhere. busy would be my guess.