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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TO ANSWER MY LAST QUESTION...

Perhaps an endorsement from Lynchburg is not far behind? Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorsed Huckabee this morning. Also, for the first time, Huckabee is ahead in Iowa, according to a Rasmussen poll , three points up on Romney , 16 points up on Giuliani , and 17 points up on Thompson . --Sarah Posner

HUCKABEE ON THE TELEVANGELIST CIRCUIT.

Mike Huckabee is appearing all this week on televangelist Kenneth Copeland 's Believers' Voice of Victory program, and in the first two episodes, there was a lot of discussion about "character," "integrity," and "excellence." All that talk didn't move Copeland to mention either Sen. Chuck Grassley 's probe of his ministry or the Oral Roberts University scandal, but he did display a keen understanding that he shouldn't be using his non-profit television ministry to bolster his friend Huckabee's candidacy. He began each program with the meaningless disclaimer that Huckabee was appearing as an ordained minister, but not a candidate. Oh, and by the way, he's running for president. Copeland echoed other Huckabee supporters' praise, talking about "God's anointing and calling on this man." He then launched into a discussion of how America's universities have been "dumbed down," but that the standards are higher at Christian schools, including at ORU, which Copeland said demands "excellence...

The FundamentaList (No. 11)

More on the Oral Roberts scandal, Christian Zionists protest Annapolis summit, and what would it take for the Christian right to support Giuliani?

1. Conflicting Signals on Christian Right Support for Giuliani Rudy Giuliani, on the heels of his Pat Robertson endorsement , is getting signals from other Christian right leaders that his promises to appoint "strict constructionist" judges are not enough: To win over the base, he has to vow to nominate judges dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade . Will he do it? Let the flip-flop watch begin. In a speech to the conservative legal group the Federalist Society a couple of weeks ago, Giuliani pledged allegiance to rounding out a conservative majority anchored by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito. But he managed to talk about strict construction without once mentioning Roe , much to the chagrin of some members of his target audience. And that was in all likelihood deliberate, since Giuliani apparently believes that part of what makes a strict constructionist is an adherence to precedent -- even what a judge considers to be bad precedent -- and therefore a...

TOM DELAY: "THE LEFT HAS SURPASSED US."

That's the rallying cry behind Hot Tub Tom 's new venture, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a political advocacy group designed to unite all those fractured conservatives around the cause of out-mobilizing Democrats. "For six years now," reads CCM's opening salvo, "former leaders of the Clinton administration have studied and surpassed the conservative grassroots network, creating a liberal coalition unprecedented in its size, scope, and funding." And who better to lead conservatives out of the wilderness than Ken Blackwell , the former Ohio Secretary of State who presided over the controversial election of 2004, was routed in his bid to become Ohio's governor last year, and who now works at the Family Research Council . Wasn't it the conventional wisdom just a short time ago that conservatives were a mighty bunch united around making America an unregulated Christian nation with no taxes? Surveying the landscape from a minority position, DeLay now believes it's the...

The FundamentaList (No. 10)

Tom DeLay's new PAC, Mike Huckabee Facts, and Happy Thanksgiving from Gary Bauer.

1. Tom DeLay: The Left "Has Surpassed Us" That's the rallying cry behind Hot Tub Tom's new venture, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a political advocacy group designed to unite all those fractured conservatives around the cause of out-mobilizing Democrats. "For six years now," reads CCM's opening salvo, "former leaders of the Clinton administration have studied and surpassed the conservative grassroots network, creating a liberal coalition unprecedented in its size, scope, and funding." And who better to lead conservatives out of the wilderness than Ken Blackwell , the former Ohio Secretary of State who presided over the controversial election of 2004, was routed in his bid to become Ohio's governor last year, and who now works at the Family Research Council . Wasn't it the conventional wisdom just a short time ago that conservatives were a mighty bunch united around making America an unregulated Christian nation with no taxes? Surveying the landscape from a minority...

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