Huckabee to Announce New Religious Right Political Organization
What has been so remarkable during this period of retrenchment for the Religious Right in light of the disasters of the Bush administration; and regrouping because of passing of the founding generation of religious right leaders from the scene, is not that the religious right is dead or dying, but that it is changing (and not necessarily
One change is that Mike Huckabee appears to be positioning himself to become one of the top leaders of the changed Religious Right. And in that regard, he has an announcment to make:
According to a report
in The Politico
Huckabee has organized a conference call to discuss "his plans for a new political entity."
"You will hear insider information about Huckabee's scrappy campaign that surprised the nation and stunned Republican Party elites," promises [Charisma magazine publisher Steven] Strang in an email to Huckabee backers. "The 'preacher who dared to be president' will also discuss his plans for the future and reflect on the changing state of the conservative movement."
Huckabee won't formally launch his new political organization until next week -- think tax day, April 15th -- but he'll use the call to begin to develop what his supporters hope ultimately becomes a high-profile role in Christian conservative politics that will enable him to run again for president.
Charisma magazine, the flagship publication of neo-Pentecostalism, has an important cover story about Huckabee which portrays the religious right leaders who supported other candidates as an old guard, whose day has passed. While that is mostly hyperbole, it does underscore the energy and political conviction of a new wave of Religious Right political organization. The writer is the editor of the Strang owned New Man magazine, which was, at least for a time, the official magazine of the Promise Keepers.
With little money, organization or name recognition, he was dismissed early by pundits and pompous party elites alike. Only when he snatched the crucial Iowa caucus from the hands of expected favorites Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson did the Republican movers and shakers take notice.
Since then, he's swept the West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana primaries and fought to narrow finishes in the Washington, Oklahoma, Missouri and Virginia races.
In doing so, he pushed candidates viewed as politically stronger utterly out of the picture--such as U.S. senator and Hollywood actor Fred Thompson, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and ex-governor of Massachusetts Romney.
But it's on the issues that matter most with Christians that Huckabee stands head and shoulders above all the candidates.
He consistently defends traditional marriage and is unbendingly pro-life--extending the latter to include compassionate care for the poverty-stricken, elderly and infirm. He is a devout Christian who served as pastor of several Southern Baptist churches in Arkansas. He is a devoted husband and father--married to his wife, Janet, since 1974--with three children.
As a traditional-values leader, as a Christian, as a family man, Huckabee is "one of us." That's why Charisma endorsed him in August: He represents our core values and those of our readers. That's also why we endorsed him in July in the cover story of our magazine New Man--dubbing him "one of our own"--which made the case for how he could actually become president.
There is an unprecedented opportunity in Huckabee to have an advocate for our Christian causes in Washington. He has executive experience as governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007. He has strong moral character and integrity and isn't storing skeletons in his closet or baggage in his back room.
The official "focus" of the conference call will be "Christians and the New Political Reality."
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Here are the call-in details for those who would like to listen in:
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Date: April 10th, 2008
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