The Fissure Grows

With Mitt backing out of the race, one would think that the Republican fight for the nomination is a lock.  Mostly it is, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some very interesting things going on over there.

One of them is emphasized with the decision of Dr. James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family and extremely prominent leader of the religious right, to endorse Mike Huckabee.  Before Mitt’s departure, Mike Huckabee had secured much of the ground forces of the religious right, however the leadership was going every which way but this even further solidifies Huckabee’s place in the Republican race as the Christian candidate.

This points to the fact that with McCain far out front, instead of the party and its base lining up behind him, they are breaking apart even worse now.  Is the socially conservative faction of the conservative base about to excise itself from the party power base it has enjoyed for so long?  And how is this going to play on McCain’s road to the White House?

Finally, what is going to happen between McCain and Huck?  The two seemed to be helping each other out prior to Super Tuesday, but now they’re main rivals, and yet I don’t think they’ve done anything but talk around each other up until now.

In 2004, Karl Rove recognized that 4 million evangelicals stayed home in 2ooo, and he ran Bush’s campaign in such a way to get them mobilized. It worked.  But the question now arrises, if Huckabee loses, and McCain ignores him on the ticket, are these evangelicals going to go back to where they were in 2000?

I have to admit, it’d be kinda nice.

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