An opportunity wasted

Intersting article in this week’s World Magazine (Apr 5 08, Vol 23, Nbr 7). With a cover headline”Shattered Dreams”, the article to read is titled “Divided We Stand.”

Warren Cole Smith’s article on the recently-concluded Republican nomination process is an interesting post-portem on the race.

The room—which had been taken over by argument and side-conversations—became suddenly quiet. (Paul) Weyrich, a Romney supporter and one of those (Michael) Farris (of the Home School Legal Defense Association) had chastised for not supporting Huckabee, steered his wheelchair to the front of the room and slowly turned to face his compatriots. In a voice barely above a whisper, [Weyrich] said, “Friends, before all of you and before almighty God, I want to say I was wrong.”

In a quiet, brief, but passionate speech, Weyrich essentially confessed that he and the other leaders should have backed Huckabee, a candidate who shared their values more fully than any other candidate in a generation. He agreed with Farris that many conservative leaders had blown it. By chasing other candidates with greater visibility, they failed to see what many of their supporters in the trenches saw clearly: Huckabee was their guy.

Huckabee could not gain traction among the religious right leaders who could have generated the financial backing he needed to run a national campaign. Either they didn’t like this position or that. He wasn’t tested yet. He was an unknown.

James Dobson refused to endorse anyone, only coming out for Huckabee as the campaign drew to a close. Gary Bauer, the political kingmaker, supported Thompson, and when Thomposn quit, wrote an email depricating to all other canidates, saying Thompson “was the one candidate who understood Reagan conservatism and who appealed to all three segments of the Reagan coalition—social conservatives, economic conservatives and defense conservatives.”

And even though Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said that McCain “has no clue what we’re about,”there remained no groundswell of support, choosing instead to go with McCain.

And now we have the candidate we’re stuck with, hoping against hope the Democrats implode. Any wonder so many are considering staying home this year?

Thanks to TrueBeliever for pointing me this way, and to OneMom, for finding it for him.


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