11/28/2007--Jim Stratton of the Orlando Sentinel reported today the endorsement of Mike Huckabee by influential Florida State Senator Daniel Webster. Webster is one of those social conservatives that some had been saying had lost influence in the Republican Party.
I don’t know what is going to happen in the Republican race. But I will repeat what I have said elsewhere on this blog; I just cannot see the Republican Party nominating a pro-choice candidate for President.
I don’t think that the religious right has lost influence, especially in the Republican Party. What has happened is that a peculiar combination of odd candidates has diffused their votes. Huckabee looks like he could have been their candidate, but he was not taken seriously. Maybe that is changing.
There are secularists who would prefer that religious voters fade from the scene. George Bush’s performance as President has no doubt discouraged them, as it has all of his supporters. But fundamental political groupings do not shift rapidly. It would make more sense for secularists to come to terms with religion. But, that, of course, is the point of this blog and more generally my work.