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Stand By Your Man, I Mean Flag, Shouts Huckabee!

There are political slanderers and there are political panderers in American poliitics, Mike Huckabee certainly should be awarded an Oscar for his recent mud slinging episode in South Carolina. The Arkansas traveler has decided the critical issue confronting the people of South Carolinia is not the collapse of the stock market or the housing crisis, but flying the Confederate flag. Mr. Huckabee, who describes himself as a “Christian candidate,” displayed good Christian ethics by telling South Carolinians, “You don’t want anyone from out of state coming down and telling you what to do with your flag,” do you? He was resurrecting a topic that had been put to rest eight years ago when the Confederate flag was removed from atop the state legislature. The flag issue was a not so subtle attack on Senator John McCain who supports removal of the Confederate flag.

Senator McCain, who actually fought under the American flag, something never done by patriotic Huckabee who apparently feels more dedicated to preserving the flag of the Confederacy than that of the United States of America, praised South Carolinians for getting rid of a symbol which represents an episode in the past that is over. Even Fred Thompson who needs a strong showing in the state refused to pander to voters aboout the flag and noted it wa a “symbol of racism.” Mr. Huckabee may well win in South Carolna, by resorting to the tactics of smear and racism, but the nation is watching and the nation will turn away from such low life tactics. You may gain a few votes, Mr. Huckabee, but for a Christian candidate is it worth the loss of your soul?

Clinton And McCain Win In New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton began to show a human face and it helped transform an apparent loss into a victory for the candidate of experience. In the Republican primary, Senator John McCain pulled ahead of the ever changing challenge of Mitt Romney. It appears Clinton pulled strongly from those over 50 while Obama’s young voters did not turn out in large enough numbers. The race is far from over and there are too many uncertainties in the rocky road to the presidency.

Clinton noted in her victory speech that she began to listen to the voters, and “in the process I found my own voice.” But, it will take more than listening, it will also require a rethinking of her platform and what she believes is needed in America. McCain banked his campaign on support for the surge in Iraq. Now, that violence has declined, the American voter appears even more determined to place economic issues on the front page of their desires. McCain simply doesn’t have an economic platform that will resonate with the American people.

Who’s On First?–Anybody? No, He’s Running Elsewhere

The Iowa free-for-all and the upcoming New Hampshire jigsaw offer any politician running for the presidency ample glee since, select your poll, and you can obtain the result desired. Barack Obama claims his polls indicate he has widened his lead in the Iowa poll by at least seven points over Hillary Clinton. But, the New York senator is gleefully pointing to today’s Zogby Poll which indicates she is ahead at 30% followed by Obama at 26% and Edwards at 25%. The Republican primary is moving in the direction of Mike Huckabee who appears in the lead by 32% to Mitt Romney’s 26%. The nation will have to wait until tomorrow evening to finally discover which of the polls is anywhere near the mark of accuracy.

In a rather surprising move, Dennis Kucinich advised his Iowa supporters to switch their vote to Barack Obama if his total did not reach the 15% mark. This adds a new complexity to the swirling confusion surrounding the Iowa primary. Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, the once dead campaign of John McCain took on new life when he apparently surged into the lead with 31% to Romney’s 26%. Mitt Romney has stacked considerable money and time into the two states and two defeats may be too much for the future of his campaign.

Religious Wars Roll On Between Huckabee and Romney

The religious conflict between presidential candidates Huckabee and Romney heated up as the Arkansas traveler made clear he is a Christian, but he wasn’t quite clear who was or wasn’t a Christian. When asked about whether or not Mormons could be considered to be Christians, he responded: “I’m not going to go off into evaluating other people’s doctrines and faiths.” He also appeared on the resurrected Don Imus show where he again was asked about his religious views: “It’s like saying Baptists are Christians. The ones who follow Jesus Christ are, the one’s who don’t aren’t.”

The reference to Baptists who follow or don’t follow Christ is not analogous to questions about the Mormon religion. One can be a Baptist whose interpretation of “following Christ” differs from that of Huckabee, but the question is more fundamental– is the Mormon religion a truly Christian one? Huckabee has dramatically jumped into the limelight and now may well lead in the Iowa poll. He will no longer be viewed as the country bumpkin at the end of the presidential pack, and each word he now speaks will be carefully scrutinized. A woman whose daughter was killed by a rapist who got a parole from Huckabee is now attacking his candidacy. Welcome to the presidential asylum, Mr. Huckabee, you are now right in the middle of the fray and every angry person will begin coming after you.

McCain Blasts Republican Rivals As Draft Dodgers

Senator John McCain, who served in the military during the Vietnam War, criticized his Republican opponents for their failure to serve in the military. In discussion of issues such as torture, he said, “There’s a clear division between those who have a military background and experience in these issues and people like Giuliani, Romney and Thompson who didn’t–who chose to do other things when this nation was fighting its wars,” Mitt Romney responded that while he never served, he did service in private, public and nonprofit sectors which was “highly relevant to lead the nation at a time when we face such extraordinary challenges.” Rudy Giuliani continued praising himself for knowing more about fighting terrorism than anyone else because “I’ve faced crisis more than the other ones have.” McCain was angry that Rudy G. backed use of waterboarding during interrogations. Senator McCain pointed out that anyone who has served in the military knows that torture “cannot be condoned.” He also pointed out that neither of his opponents had been criticizing the Bush failed policies in Iraq while he had constantly been urging sending more troops to do the job. None of the three joined the military during the Vietnam war and Giuliani got draft deferments to remain in college while Romney got a draft deferment so he could spread Mormonism, and Thompson was married.

I believe Senator McCain is off base on his criticism. After all, Mayor Rudy Giuliani demonstrated his bravery under fire by ordering Palestinian leader Arafat to be escorted out of a concert hall while attending a UN session. That action required as much bravery as what McCain encountered fighting against people who actually shot back at him. And, lest we not forget, the mayor walked the streets of New York during 9/11 escorted by about fifty policemen. Certainly, his heroism should be acknowledged by McCain. I guess McCain must have strong feelings about the lack of service by Cheney and his fellow coward, Bush.