Huckabee: Evangelical leaders who didn’t endorse me are afraid I’ll hurt their fundraising by solving America’s problems

posted at 9:21 pm on January 7, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, I’m trying to think of another case where a member of a movement as prominent as Huckabee is among politically active evangelicals has turned around and basically accused the rest of the movement of being money-grubbing frauds. Because that’s what he’s doing here, no? Listen to the clip and tell me I’m wrong. Six weeks ago, this guy was desperately seeking the support of many of the same Christian conservative leaders, most notably Bob Vander Plaats, who endorsed him in 2008. But it hasn’t gone his way; a coalition of influential evangelicals decided at a meeting in early December to back Ted Cruz. Huckabee was bitterly disappointed but the political calculation was straightforward. Huck had his chance in 2008 and proved incapable of winning despite facing a weaker field. Cruz is younger, better organized, has raised funds far more ably than Huck, and can unite evangelicals with small-government conservatives in a way that Huckabee simply couldn’t. And evangelical leaders were resolved this time to try to maximize social conservatives’ leverage by uniting behind one candidate rather than have everyone go their own way and dilute the movement’s power. It was tough luck for Huck, but it made sense.

But Huckabee can’t admit that Cruz is a better bet to win than he is. So he has to reach for an alternate theory, and the one he’s reached for is that most of the same people who backed him eight years ago are actually charlatans who want the Christian right’s agenda to fail so that they can keep lining their own pockets.

“A lot of them, quite frankly, I think they’re scared to death that if a guy like me got elected, I would actually do what I said I would do, and that is, I would focus on the personhood of every individual. We would abolish abortion based on the Fifth and 14th Amendment. We would ignore the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision.”…

“A lot of these organizations wouldn’t have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization’s abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it’s just, it is what it is,” Huckabee said.

Give him another couple of weeks and he’ll be wondering if Vander Plaats has ever personally performed an abortion. But that excerpt above only covers half the clip; you need to listen to all of it to hear Huckabee “explain” how their refusal to endorse him suggests that they’re not really praying on their decisions. “[I]t seems like the criteria that I’ve been told for selecting candidates seems very secular,” he says. I don’t know what’s worse about that, the idea that prayerful consideration couldn’t possibly lead a believer to support anyone but Huckabee or the idea that evangelical voters should exclude any “secular” criteria in choosing a candidate. One of the most reliable stereotypes in media is that Christian conservatives are suckers for the “values” candidate who delivers the most fire and brimstone on the stump. In this case, they weren’t; as Huckabee says, there are sound “secular” reasons to think Cruz is a better choice with a better chance of winning. Does Huckabee want social conservatives to be the stereotype of themselves or are they entitled to consider the totality of a pol’s agenda when voting? It takes some ego to tell a bunch of devout believers, who’ve supported you before and who are telling you now that prayer has led them in another direction this time, that that’s not God they’re hearing, it’s the sound of hundred-dollar bills rustling in their wallets. Sheesh.

Exit question: His announcement next month that he’s dropping out of the race is going to suggest that the hand of Satan was at work, isn’t it?


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…Huckabee can speak in a way that resonates with the average American, appealing to plain common sense, and that makes Huckabee the better leader, and gives him a better shot in a general election matchup.

That is why the second coming of Billy Sunday is racking up those low single digits in the polls, the resonance and appeal.

F X Muldoon on January 8, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Creepy Business – Ted Cruz Father: My Son “Annointed” To “Take Control of Society”…

[2013 – TEXAS] In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers.

Discussion of the now-notorious speech by Rafael Cruz has missed the fact that Ted Cruz was subsequently blessed and anointed by prominent dominionist pastors, in effect as a “king” in the political/governmental sphere, at a special blessing ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, at a July 19th-20th 2013 rally designed to draw pastors into politics.

This Raphael/Ted Cruz approach at garnering both “influence and affluence” is similar to how Glenn Beck changed his media-approach and began focusing heavily on religion. Their ongoing relationship is not coincidental and is a profound liability if Cruz was intent on winning a presidential election. Common sense is needed here in large doses.

Beck showcases his choice to use religion as a financial tool with ruses and schemes like the “Soccer Ball and Teddy Bear” outreach to the illegal alien children nonsense in the summer of 2014. This year he’s trying the same approach with his “Save the Christian Syrian” program. Both programs supported by Ted Cruz.

In 2014 many people were wondering why Ted Cruz would get involved with Glenn Beck in the insufferable Obama-created UAC “Humanitarian Crisis” ploy to benefit influxes of illegal aliens. The answer then, as now, was clearly money – but many did not want to see it at the time.

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/11/27/creepy-business-ted-cruz-father-my-son-annointed-to-take-control-of-society/

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

HA HA HA So you’re finally going after the nutty father. Well, don’t forget Trumpy Klown had Jan Crouch in Trumpy Towers laying hands on him. He really should have abandoned that act. But I forgot…..Iowa.

Marcus on January 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Yes, Mike . . . . . that’s exactly what we’re afraid of, and we simply can’t stand for it.

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

So you’re finally going after the nutty father.
Marcus on January 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

the cuban glen beck, of course. The apple doesnt fall far from the tree and slick teddy is a chip off the old block.

Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers.

They promise you god and heaven, just give them your money first.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 9:09 AM

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Your obsession is HILARIOUS! Keep it up!

I have respect for most Trump supporters, but you’re so unhinged I can’t help but laugh.;

makattak on January 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Boldly unhinged Huck!

This election cycle is the best!

Sherman1864 on January 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM

you’re so unhinged I can’t help but laugh.;

makattak on January 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

unhinged….

LOL

very weak and low energy, you can do better than a bushism.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

So wait. If I understand correctly, the thesis of this is that “evangelicals” are operating on the following presumptions:

~ If Huckabee wins, the world will become a far better place
~ When life in much better, fewer people feel they need God’s help
~ Church attendance, and therefore the offering plate, dwindles
~ Therefore, don’t endorse Huckabee, the candidate with beliefs closest to theirs

That’s some weapons-grade super double-secret cynicism right there.

Granted, there are grifters wearing the outfit of the ministry.
Granted, there are ministers who are in it because “easy money”.

However, there is a far larger contingent of local pastors and regional religious leaders who simply believe that it is not their place to make any political pronouncements in favor of any candidate. I would warrant that an even larger group of church leaders remembers how Huckabee brokered a back-stabbing during a presidential campaign, with disastrous results, and have decided he isn’t so in line with them as he thinks he is.

Freelancer on January 7, 2016 at 9:50 PM

It really is cynical, since SB theology is Calvinist and as such points out that man is profoundly spiritually corrupted and as such will always experience evil until the Second Coming.

ebrown2 on January 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM

How many times you figure the American people have to yell “WE DON’T WANT YOU” to Schmuckabee before he gets the message?

PJ Emeritus on January 8, 2016 at 9:50 AM

This dude has a serious Jesus complex.

meci on January 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM

This is the reason the First Amendment is so important IMO.

Otherwise, we might never hear this level of arrogance and self-aggrandizement from someone who should be embracing humility.

Maybe Huck’s right about the folks he’s judging, but I don’t know. Seems like he is claiming to be one who is able to judge men’s hearts. Not a good thing IMO.

s1im on January 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

unhinged….

LOL

very weak and low energy, you can do better than a bushism.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Priceless!

You’re a real gem, cupcake. Not even verbaluce can make me laugh like you.

makattak on January 8, 2016 at 10:02 AM

The Huckster exemplifies everything Republican voters have come to hate about the Republican Party: he only cares about himself and will gladly splinter the Party to achieve his own end.

Feh!

Mike from NC on January 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM

I would never support Huck and I do find it hypocritical that he is saying this now after going after these guys’ endorsements. But he does have a point. The establishment social-con wing is in a lot of ways just as messed up as everything else in the GOPe.

Vatican Watcher on January 8, 2016 at 10:41 AM

This is really pulling the curtain back and showing this man’s true character.

I have always distrusted him, sensed an ugly side to his personality that he had become adept at disguising with his “everyman blue collar jokey-jokester” act, and holier than thou moralizing.

This is the best confirmation yet, along with how he treated the Palins in the media after having sat next to them in the GOP convention, and how he was so egotistically driven in that brief disaster of a venture to provide an alternative to Rush Limbaugh.

This to me sounds like Huck may drop out before Iowa votes, because he knows he is going to get splattered in the single digits, 5th or 6th maybe?

Come on Huckster, preserve your 1-0 record in Iowa and just fold your tent next week before you really do some damage to yourself.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 10:42 AM

He’s going to be a very lonely man when this is all said and done. Probably rolling the ball bearings and swearing that someone stole the strawberries.

jnelchef on January 8, 2016 at 10:42 AM

unhinged….

LOL

very weak and low energy, you can do better than a bushism.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

I like the world “awesome” better. As I see it, you’re the only person keeping NWConservative from being the most awesome person on the board.

Immolate on January 8, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Huck.
What a self-absorbed, disconnected buffoon.
Quit the race, knock off the snacks and start an exercise program, Mm’kayy?

orangemtl on January 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Your obsession is HILARIOUS! Keep it up!

I have respect for most Trump supporters, but you’re so unhinged I can’t help but laugh.;

makattak on January 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

It is a bit sad though….while still being hilariously funny. :P

As for this article, it’s tragic. I remember liking Huck for awhile early on back in 2008 (though Thompson was my pick back then). Seeing him unravel like this…it’s like a slow moving car wreck.

conservageek on January 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM

“Quit hating me because I’m beautiful!!”

Relax, Huck. Trust us, we’re doing nothing of the sort.

orangemtl on January 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM

the funny thing is that Huck is obviously telling the truth. they are all craven charlatans.

and he would be the one to know, as he’s the biggest charlatan of them all.

can’t wait for a trump-Clinton election. it will be the least religious presidential race in ages.

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 11:18 AM

and Garyinaz666 is correct to point out that Cruz is also a wacko who believes he is God’s chosen leader heading to armaggedon. Carson also believes the same of himself.

total wackjobs.

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

the idea that evangelical voters should exclude any “secular” criteria in choosing a candidate

This has been my problem with Huckabee all along – he thinks that his social conservatism gives him the right to ignore the big gov’t nanny-state issues that he brings. He thinks that as long as it’s morally conservative, he should be able to enact it through the state. IOW, he’s just like every other SJW out there, even though I might agree with him on his moral stands.

GWB on January 8, 2016 at 11:28 AM

total wackjobs.

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

You’re projecting again, disco.

GWB on January 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM

As for this article, it’s tragic. I remember liking Huck for awhile early on back in 2008 (though Thompson was my pick back then). Seeing him unravel like this…it’s like a slow moving car wreck.

conservageek on January 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM

I’m only surprised that the huckster is showing his true colors.

I never trusted him. Incidentally, back in 2008, my pastor held the same opinion.

makattak on January 8, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Huckabee just needs to go away and stop embarrassing himself.
Just like Chris Christy. Neither one have even a remote chance of being nominated and just take away from who actually does.

Yet neither Huckabee or Christy have enough self awareness to know when to leave.

Voodoo Chile on January 8, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Remember when Huckabee wouldn’t drop out of the race and we ended up with John McCain instead of Romney?

ldbgcoleman on January 8, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Cruz is also a wacko who believes he is God’s chosen leader heading to armaggedon. Carson also believes the same of himself.

total wackjobs.

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Those Clintons and their obsession with Area 51, visits from extra terrestrial aliens that’s just totally normal.

Not to mention their obsession with raising money from foreign donors in countries hostile to the USA.

Oh, and Bill is a rapist pedophile while his wife enabled it all for her own political gain.

Such a normal family.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Dear Mr. Huckabee, we are brothers in the faith. I would love to hang out with you and maybe even play some music together! You seem like a great guy. But I will not vote for you because you are not a small government conservative. I will only vote for them. We share a lot of social concerns and positions, but that is not enough for me to vote for you pal. No hard feelings I hope.

Trey

TMink on January 8, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Trey

TMink on January 8, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Prepare for the Huckster’s ego to be wounded by your rejection of his political ambitions and he to be compelled to question the sincerity of your faith, your motivations and your character.

That’s just how he rolls.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Wow. Huckabee goes off the rails. Sad.

SailorMark on January 8, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Good Grief. Huckabee is and has been as unelectable as every other preacher, including the änäl-retntive Saint Rick® Santorum. They should both do us all a favor and go away. The only thing breathing life in them is their Patróns at Fox News.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 8, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Prepare for the Huckster’s ego to be wounded by your rejection of his political ambitions and he to be compelled to question the sincerity of your faith, your motivations and your character.

That’s just how he rolls.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 11:59 AM

REPENT!” says the morbidly obese preacher from ArKinSaw. What? You aren’t down for that? I don’t blame ya. Neither are most people with two brain cells to rub together.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 8, 2016 at 1:15 PM

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

As bad as that is, here is everditzo’s photo.

F X Muldoon on January 8, 2016 at 1:34 PM

The Huckeberg is on fire and crashing to the ground in flames…

……oh the humanity!!!!!

#noblimpy2016

PappyD61 on January 8, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Dear Huckabee,

Please go away.

The American People

idalily on January 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Huckster should worry about getting his own house in order.
Has his creepy son graduated to full blown serial killer yet or is he still just torturing and hanging stray dogs?

Buttercup on January 8, 2016 at 4:15 PM

http://www.newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/resize/main_photos/2011/March/Huck%20Fam-500×324.jpg

everdiso on January 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Case in point

Buttercup on January 8, 2016 at 4:17 PM

….Duplicitous Jack-Hole!

williamg on January 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Huckabee: Evangelical leaders who didn’t endorse me are afraid I’ll hurt their fundraising by solving America’s problems

Yeah, it’s all about you, Huckster.

It’s all about you and your own personal God, who tells you these things and wants you, and you alone — because you are the Chosen One, to do his bidding.

farsighted on January 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Exit stage Left Mike. Now.

Truth Gun on January 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

Didn’t he go on some rant about needing 900 million quickly, or GOD would strike him down??

The 900 figure was the 900ft tall Jesus he saw lift up one of his hospital buildings then put it back down. Then he went on to state that unless he received [dollar amount here], thuh lawerd would cawl him home.

http://tinyurl.com/hb9flgc

CelebrateHomogeneity on January 9, 2016 at 1:36 AM

This goes to show Huckabee has decided he is God’s chosen, it is very sad that he feels this way because it is clear that he is not acting as a Christian with these sorts of comments.

OregonPolitician on January 9, 2016 at 11:56 AM

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