Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner is a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches and an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Nation and many other publications.


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As was the case in Iowa, the exit polling firm that provides data to all the major networks, cable news outlets and the Associated Press, did not ask New Hampshire Democrats if they were evangelical, further enabling the extremist conservative evangelicals with the very loud voices to assert that they represent all evangelicals voters. Moderate and liberal evangelicals make up a little less than half of all American evangelicals. Surely some of them are Democrats, or at least we should be interested in finding out how many of them are? The folks at Faith in Public Life have more . And on a slightly related note, Mike Huckabee will be on The Colbert Report tonight. --Sarah Posner

The FundamentaList (No. 16)

Deja Values Voters, Soldiers for Christ (and Huckabee), discontent with the National Association of Evangelicals and an update on the televangelist investigation.

1. Deja-Values Voters All Over Again The wake of Mike Huckabee's win in the Iowa caucuses had a whiff of 2004 about it, as the self-anointed "values voters" declared victory -- and it was more about their own relevance than about the candidate himself. The votes had barely been counted, and already, just like in 2004, "values voters" were being declared the soul of the heartland. But as noted at the Faith in Public Life blog , only Republican voters were asked about how their faith played a role in their vote. Neither the CNN nor the NBC exit polls asked Democratic caucus-goers whether they were "born again or evangelical," even though Barack Obama has spent considerable time talking about his faith on the campaign trail. And the religious right political leadership wasted no time on picking up the false narrative about their monopoly on righteousness. Even though they had thumbed their noses at Huckabee for months, the lure of claiming credit for his victory proved difficult to...


Picking up on Tom 's post below, since Huckabee won in Iowa and McCain may well prevail in New Hampshire, I've been wondering whether the Republicans will end up with a McCain-Huckabee ticket. In a way, it seems like a clever move: Huckabee looks like the only candidate who can consolidate the religious part of the base, whose numbers the GOP would need to have any shot at prevailing in November. His obvious foreign policy ignorance makes him a wide-open target at the top of the ticket, but as a running mate to McCain that would appear less worrisome, and he would bring along religious conservatives reluctant about McCain. A war hero and a pastor might just be the best combo the GOP can get out its fractured field. Think about the consequences, though, of a McCain-Huckabee presidency. McCain would focus on foreign policy and national security (i.e., keeping us in Iraq for 100 years) and Huckabee would be busy turning biblical conservatives into political appointees. There's a peril...


Although you could pinpoint the turning point of Mike Huckabee 's candidacy at the 2007 Values Voters Summit in October, where he won the straw poll, I see it a bit earlier, back in the summer, when he was endorsed by evangelical publisher Stephen Strang and New Man magazine. There's a new crew of evangelical vote mobilizers, and their names aren't Dobson or Robertson. Sixty percent of last night's Republican caucus-goers were evangelical, and 80% of Huckabee's supporters described themselves as evangelical. And he pulled it off without some of the biggest public faces of the Christian right. At the Values Voters Summit, despite wide support by the rank and file, the summit's organizers -- notably Focus on the Family's James Dobson , Family Research Council's Tony Perkins , American Values' Gary Bauer , and High Impact Leadership Coalition's Harry Jackson -- resisted getting behind Huckabee. Of the organizers of the Values Voters Summit -- billed as the most important political...


Mike Huckabee 's campaign website has a new video up, fresh from the campaign bus. In it, some usual suspects make pitches to potential caucus-goers: Chuck Norris , former South Carolina governor David Beasley , Huckabee's wife Janet (along with her three dogs), and Ken Eldred , author of the book God at Work (which apparently shows how "biblical values" spell successful capitalism -- who says the old GOP alliances are dead?). Also on board? Rick Tyler , Newt Gingrich 's national spokesman. Here's the video: --Sarah Posner