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Liberal group sounds alarm over Huck's big win
The Swamp ^ | January 4, 2008 | James Oliphant

Posted on 01/04/2008 11:55:07 AM PST by Tlaloc

The left-leaning advocacy group People For the American Way today released a statement this afternoon on the Arkansas Republican's win in the caucus. Long story short: Don't be fooled by a few folksy one-liners, PFAW says:

If there were any doubts that Religious Right voters are still a powerful force in the Republican Party, Mike Huckabee’s huge win in Iowa put them to rest.

Huckabee’s rise was built on fervent grassroots organizing by Religious Right activists who embraced him as their dream candidate, even as the movement’s national leaders kept their distance while making calculations on electability.

Huckabee has pledged to support every item on the ultraconservative wish list – a far-right Supreme Court, a constitutional ban on abortion, a veto of legislation to protect gay and lesbian Americans from discrimination, support for a bill to keep federal courts from intervening when local officials abuse the power of their office to promote their religious beliefs – and more.

Huckabee’s friendly folksy demeanor can distract attention from the disturbing fact that he and his backers essentially urged conservative evangelicals to vote for him based on his being the “right” kind of Christian. That should make Americans very nervous.

The statement came from Peter Montgomery, the group's VP of communications. That means that Huckabee is officially on the radar here.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; fearfuldems; homosexualagenda; huckabee; ia2008; mikehuckabee; pfaw; prolife

1 posted on 01/04/2008 11:55:11 AM PST by Tlaloc
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To: Tlaloc

Oh, pfaw to PFAW!


2 posted on 01/04/2008 11:57:51 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: Tlaloc

Um, do these asshats know Huckster is a Christian Socialist ?


3 posted on 01/04/2008 11:58:53 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It turns out they are just opposed to Christians in general.


4 posted on 01/04/2008 12:00:36 PM PST by Tlaloc
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To: Tlaloc

Not a Huck fan, but seeing the PAW ticked off is fuuuuuuunny!


5 posted on 01/04/2008 12:01:28 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: Tlaloc

They oughta pipe down. A Huck nomination just about guarantees a Dem victory.


6 posted on 01/04/2008 12:03:06 PM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Tlaloc
The left-leaning advocacy group People For the American Way...

Left leaning only if you think Mao was a Bircher...

7 posted on 01/04/2008 12:03:14 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Abolish the CIA, give the job to the Free Clinic who know how to stop leaks.)
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To: Tlaloc

If Huckabee becomes the nominee, I’ll be staying home.
If someone is going to take the country down the wrong road with liberal/socialist policies, it may as well be a Democrat...that way they can get the rightful blame.


8 posted on 01/04/2008 12:03:31 PM PST by threeleftsmakearight
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To: Tlaloc
OK, I just don't get it.

We've been told for a few months now by MANY FReepers that Huck is a "liberal conservative Evangelical."

Why, if his liberalness so outweighed his conservative aspect; if his NEA endorsement trumped other stuff; then why wouldn't the PFAW NOT be jumpin' up & down with a congratulatory press release?

Can these Huck "labelers" please explain this to the rest of us?

9 posted on 01/04/2008 12:05:12 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: Tlaloc
Boy, if pfaw are correct in their assessment of Huck, he maybe worthy of my vote.
10 posted on 01/04/2008 12:05:41 PM PST by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: Tlaloc

A common claim for the last couple decades has been, “I’m a fiscal conservative but a social liberal.”

Well, Huck’s a social conservative and a fiscal liberal. Nothing particularly self-contradictory in that position. Actually less than the other, IMHO, as socially liberal policies inevitably create a demand for the expansion of government.


11 posted on 01/04/2008 12:06:28 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Colofornian

All this shows is that for PFAW social conservatism is more important than fiscal liberalism.


12 posted on 01/04/2008 12:07:43 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Tlaloc

Gee, after reading this I begin to think maybe the Huck isn’t so bad after all.

Then again maybe PFAW is doing their reverse psychology on me.


13 posted on 01/04/2008 12:09:07 PM PST by NeoCaveman (If higher cigarette taxes discourage smoking, what...do higher Income Taxes discourage? - massgopguy)
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To: svcw
Why Religious Right Activists Like Mike

14 posted on 01/04/2008 12:14:05 PM PST by Tlaloc
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To: Slapshot68
A Huck nomination just about guarantees a Dem victory.

And put an end to so called Christians trying to mandate morality.

Given a choice of Huckabee vs Obama, I'd probably go for Obama.

15 posted on 01/04/2008 12:21:09 PM PST by DaveMSmith (fred08.com)
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To: Tlaloc

“It turns out they are just opposed to Christians in general.”

No. They want Republicans to think they are against him. He would be their dream candidate. The easiest to defeat and the most like them if he wins.


16 posted on 01/04/2008 12:22:17 PM PST by paguch
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To: Colofornian
Can these Huck "labelers" please explain this to the rest of us?

Yes, you may be shocked to learn the MSM and liberal interest groups don't care about the facts on Huck.

Ever since Jerry Falwell supported Ronald Reagan the left has been claiming the Republican Party is in the hip pocket of evangelical Christians. It was inevitable they would spin Huck's victory that way.

Does it really surprise you the left loathes Huck the Evangelical as much as you loath Mitt the Mormon?

17 posted on 01/04/2008 12:30:13 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
He hasn’t ticked them off.........They know he is easily beat.....They are just rallying their base.
18 posted on 01/04/2008 12:35:33 PM PST by captnorb
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To: threeleftsmakearight

“If Huckabee becomes the nominee, I’ll be staying home”

I don’t like Huck either but I will have to vote for him if he is the nominee. I said the same thing about McCain yesterday. I really don’t like any of the pubbies but Hunter and Thompson, but there is no way I’m staying home and let ANY of the Dem’s win. I’ll take Huck, McCain, Rudy or Romney over any of the Dems.


19 posted on 01/04/2008 12:40:08 PM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Help stamp out liberalism!)
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To: DaveMSmith
And put an end to so called Christians trying to mandate morality.

Please elaborate.

20 posted on 01/04/2008 12:46:18 PM PST by Jacquerie (All Muslims are suspect.)
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To: DaveMSmith

You deserve a zot for that. Huckabee may not be any good but Obama is far, far worse.


21 posted on 01/06/2008 12:17:14 AM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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