Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner is an investigative journalist, author, and an expert on the intersection of religion and politics. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The Nation, Salon, The Washington Post, and Religion Dispatches. Read more at her website, http://sarahposner.com.

 

Recent Articles

MCCAIN'S SURPRISE.

I caught up with some dejected Romney supporters, college students drinking in the hotel lobby shortly after his "suspension" speech. They grudgingly admitted that they would support McCain (although one expressed the faint hope that Dick Cheney would jump in the race--no, I wouldn't believe me, either, but I heard it with my own ears), and they were roundly dismissive of Huckabee. "I don't think America is ready to have a pastor in the White House," said one. Amen, brother. Huckabee supporters are sparse here; this isn't really his crowd, and the McCain people made a huge enough showing to outshout the McCain naysayers. Allen is hugely popular with conservative Christians, and I suspect his endorsement could help with bringing that constituency around to McCain. (Counterintuitive, i know, but that's the nature of the beast.) And McCain had another grudging warm-up act: Dick Armey , who roundly lambasted Ann Coulter for pledging to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Judging from the crowd'...

ROMNEY DROPS OUT, CITING THREAT OF "ISLAMIC RADICALS."

I'm here at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, where I rubbed shoulders with Michelle Malkin (literally, she was going into the women's room as I was leaving), and where Mitt Romney just announced he is "suspending" his campaign. There was a rumor going around shortly before his 12:30 speech that this would happen (conveyed to me by the blogger MyManMitt ), but many of the Romney supporters in the packed-to-capacity ballroom seemed genuinely surprised and disappointed. After running through his litany of problems with liberals, from "moral degradation" to the ridiculous claim that government "bureaucrats" make more money than those in the private sector, Romney climaxed* with the accusation that Obama and Clinton (or rather "Barack and Hillary," as he disrespectfully referred to them) have made their intentions in Iraq and the "war on terror" clear: "retreat, declare defeat." And this, Romney proclaimed to great audience enthusiasm, would result in "devastating...

HUCKABEE TO DOBSON: YOU'RE JUST THINKING ABOUT YOURSELF.

In response to James Dobson's repeated statements, including yesterday's , that he would not under any circumstances vote for John McCain , Mike Huckabee retorted this morning that Dobson, Rush Limbaugh and others who are slamming McCain are egomaniacal self-promoters. (OK, I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist, and really, who could disagree?) About anyone who would sit out the general election rather than vote for McCain, Huckabee said, "If they say that, then that just proves something: They're more about themselves than they are the cause. Because there's no way that a true conservative would vote for Hillary Clinton ." What does Huckabee know that most of America doesn't know? Could it be that he has a bevy of conservative bible-thumping leaders with big mailing lists on his side, including some passing out voter guides that are largely supportive of his candidacy, and that most Christian right foot soldiers don't care whether Dobson endorses any of the candidates? Or is this...

HUCKAVEEP?

Although most observers viewed Mike Huckabee as John McCain 's errand boy in siphoning evangelical votes away from Mitt Romney , Huckabee emerged from Super Tuesday as McCain's foremost prospect for a running mate. While Huckabee is still behind both McCain and Romney in the delegate count, he came out looking more viable than Romney because of his victories in Republican strongholds like Georgia and Alabama, in Tennessee and his home state of Arkansas, all essential states for a Republican to win in November. Although the Huckabee campaign's signs of life are limited to the Bible Belt, that is exactly where McCain would need a boost from Huckabee's networks of fervent believers, especially in states like Missouri, where McCain eked out a victory, but where the Democratic turnout outpaced the Republicans'. Other upcoming primary states where Huckabee could show well -- particularly if Romney drops out -- include Louisiana, Kansas, Texas, and Kentucky. Huckabee was hardly the hands-...

The FundamentaList (No. 20)

What Super Tuesday's results meant for Mike Huckabee, for evangelical voters, and for the religious-right leadership. Also: Will Sen. Grassley subpoena defiant televangelists?

1. Hucka-Veep? Although most observers viewed Mike Huckabee as John McCain's errand boy in siphoning evangelical votes away from Mitt Romney, Huckabee emerged from Super Tuesday as McCain's foremost prospect for a running mate. While Huckabee is still behind both McCain and Romney in the delegate count, he came out looking more viable than Romney because of his victories in Republican strongholds like Georgia and Alabama, in Tennessee, and in his home state of Arkansas, all essential states for a Republican to win in November. Although the Huckabee campaign's signs of life are limited to the Bible Belt, that is exactly where McCain would need a boost from Huckabee's networks of fervent believers, especially in states like Missouri, where McCain eked out a victory but where the Democratic turnout outpaced the Republicans'. Other upcoming primary states where Huckabee could show well -- particularly if Romney drops out -- include Louisiana, Kansas, Texas, and Kentucky. Huckabee was...

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