Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner's coverage of religion and politics has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Week, and many others.

 

Recent Articles

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...

"WE ANSWERED THEM. WE GAVE THEM A SEVERAL PAGE LESSON ON 'NO.'"

That from the lips of televangelist and Mike Huckabee pal Kenneth Copeland , describing his response to Sen. Charles Grassley's investigation into his use of non-profit donor funds for his family's personal use, and to fund for-profit enterprises run by the Copeland family. Copeland was shown Tuesday night on CBS News making that statement to his annual ministry conference -- the same conference at which he raised money for Huckabee . Take a look at the video for more clips of Copeland, interviews with ex-ministry employees who saw donor money funneled to for-profit purposes, and shots of Copeland's house sprawling mansion, and fleet of jets: Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Copeland is denying that he endorsed or raised money for Huckabee during his ministers' conference last week: Russ Florence of Tulsa, Okla., a spokesman for Copeland, said in a statement that the event did not amount to an endorsement of Huckabee by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. He said Huckabee's...

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