William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard wrote an op/ed piece for the NY Times, that was very interesting in light of a potential Obama nomination:

…the most interesting moment in Saturday night’s Republican debate at St. Anselm College was when the candidates were asked what arguments they would make if they found themselves running against Obama in the general election.

The best answer came, not surprisingly, from the best Republican campaigner so far — Mike Huckabee. He began by calmly mentioning his and Obama’s contrasting views on issues from guns to life to same-sex marriage. This served to remind Republicans that these contrasts have been central to G.O.P. success over the last quarter-century, and to suggest that Huckabee could credibly and comfortably make the socially conservative case in an electorally advantageous way.

Huckabee went on to pay tribute to Obama for his ability “to touch at the core of something Americans want” in seeming to move beyond partisanship. And, he added, Senator Obama is “a likable person who has excited people about wanting to vote who have not voted in the past.” Huckabee was of course aware that in praising Obama he was recommending himself

I was watching the debate at the home of a savvy, moderately conservative New Hampshire Republican. It was at this moment that he turned to me and said: “You know, I’ve been a huge skeptic about Huckabee. I’m still not voting for him Tuesday. But I’ve got to say — I like him. And I wonder — could he be our strongest nominee?”

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  1. what do you think of dominion theology?

    what is mikes position given he co-authored a book with George Grant?

  2. what do you think of dominion theology?

    what is mikes position given he co-authored a book with George Grant?

  3. what do you think of dominion theology?

    what is mikes position given he co-authored a book with George Grant?

  4. Since I haven’t read the book, or have read or heard Governor Huckabee’s position on that I’m not sure where he stands. I’ll have to check the book out. What is the name of it?

    I’ll owe you a comment on dominion theology in a bit, don’t have time at this moment to really comment in depth at the moment.

    What do you think of dominion theology?

  5. Since I haven’t read the book, or have read or heard Governor Huckabee’s position on that I’m not sure where he stands. I’ll have to check the book out. What is the name of it?

    I’ll owe you a comment on dominion theology in a bit, don’t have time at this moment to really comment in depth at the moment.

    What do you think of dominion theology?

  6. Since I haven’t read the book, or have read or heard Governor Huckabee’s position on that I’m not sure where he stands. I’ll have to check the book out. What is the name of it?

    I’ll owe you a comment on dominion theology in a bit, don’t have time at this moment to really comment in depth at the moment.

    What do you think of dominion theology?

  7. underdog,

    Also curious how you relate Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence to by George Grant and Mike Huckabee (http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Who-Kill-Confronting-Violence/dp/080541794X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199813226&sr=8-1) with Dominion Theology?

    What do you mean by dominion theology? There are several versions. I’m assuming that you mean the Church having dominion over public institutions, and not the version that talks about having dominion over the satanic realm (which is a pentacostal belief). Is this a veiled attempt to paint Governor Huckabee as desiring a theocracy?

    Or are you saying any attempt of the church to engage culture is dominion theology? Matthew 5 says we are to be salt and light, which is talking about preserving, influencing, giving flavor to the culture we find ourselves in. That doesn’t mean taking over the government and making people submit to Christ.

    So could you explain where you are coming from so I know how to better address your question.

  8. underdog,

    Also curious how you relate Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence to by George Grant and Mike Huckabee (http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Who-Kill-Confronting-Violence/dp/080541794X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199813226&sr=8-1) with Dominion Theology?

    What do you mean by dominion theology? There are several versions. I’m assuming that you mean the Church having dominion over public institutions, and not the version that talks about having dominion over the satanic realm (which is a pentacostal belief). Is this a veiled attempt to paint Governor Huckabee as desiring a theocracy?

    Or are you saying any attempt of the church to engage culture is dominion theology? Matthew 5 says we are to be salt and light, which is talking about preserving, influencing, giving flavor to the culture we find ourselves in. That doesn’t mean taking over the government and making people submit to Christ.

    So could you explain where you are coming from so I know how to better address your question.

  9. underdog,

    Also curious how you relate Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence to by George Grant and Mike Huckabee (http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Who-Kill-Confronting-Violence/dp/080541794X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199813226&sr=8-1) with Dominion Theology?

    What do you mean by dominion theology? There are several versions. I’m assuming that you mean the Church having dominion over public institutions, and not the version that talks about having dominion over the satanic realm (which is a pentacostal belief). Is this a veiled attempt to paint Governor Huckabee as desiring a theocracy?

    Or are you saying any attempt of the church to engage culture is dominion theology? Matthew 5 says we are to be salt and light, which is talking about preserving, influencing, giving flavor to the culture we find ourselves in. That doesn’t mean taking over the government and making people submit to Christ.

    So could you explain where you are coming from so I know how to better address your question.

  10. The second amendment to the constitution:

    Congress shall pass no laws establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    As a Christian myself I certainly believe in participation in the political process. I am concerned however that some “dominionists” and christian reconstructionists believe that we should not simply take a participatory role, not only establish a christian theocracy in the United States, but we should embark (yet again) on some Holy “Crusade” (egro Bush) to dominate the world for Christ.

    Whoooooosh!!!! That is way too far out there for me.

    Huckabee is too steeped in his Baptist pulpit background, is friends and associates with some very strange characters on the extream fringe of evangelical theology. He probably will do well in locking enough delegates to make it a brokered convention between Himself, McCain and Rudy after Feb 5th.

    It is going to be a very intersting convention to say the least.

    Who is John Galt?

  11. The second amendment to the constitution:

    Congress shall pass no laws establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    As a Christian myself I certainly believe in participation in the political process. I am concerned however that some “dominionists” and christian reconstructionists believe that we should not simply take a participatory role, not only establish a christian theocracy in the United States, but we should embark (yet again) on some Holy “Crusade” (egro Bush) to dominate the world for Christ.

    Whoooooosh!!!! That is way too far out there for me.

    Huckabee is too steeped in his Baptist pulpit background, is friends and associates with some very strange characters on the extream fringe of evangelical theology. He probably will do well in locking enough delegates to make it a brokered convention between Himself, McCain and Rudy after Feb 5th.

    It is going to be a very intersting convention to say the least.

    Who is John Galt?

  12. The second amendment to the constitution:

    Congress shall pass no laws establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    As a Christian myself I certainly believe in participation in the political process. I am concerned however that some “dominionists” and christian reconstructionists believe that we should not simply take a participatory role, not only establish a christian theocracy in the United States, but we should embark (yet again) on some Holy “Crusade” (egro Bush) to dominate the world for Christ.

    Whoooooosh!!!! That is way too far out there for me.

    Huckabee is too steeped in his Baptist pulpit background, is friends and associates with some very strange characters on the extream fringe of evangelical theology. He probably will do well in locking enough delegates to make it a brokered convention between Himself, McCain and Rudy after Feb 5th.

    It is going to be a very intersting convention to say the least.

    Who is John Galt?

  13. Hey Underdog,

    That is actually the first amendment – the 2nd amendment is the right to bear arms.

    There is always a tension between the establishment clause and the free exercise clause in the first amendment. When you look at the context of this amendment, lumped in this amendment is also freedom of speech, press, etc. Is to protect the liberty of the citizenry from the government. In that many people who came here prior to 1776 to esacpe religious persecution. This isn’t meant to restrain religious leaders in the political process, and it isn’t meant to protect government from religion.

    I don’t believe the War on Terror is a Holy Crusade by President Bush to force Christianity on the rest of the world. When Christ returns and establishes His kingdom on earth that is when we will have a true theocracy. I can’t think of a single mainstream Christian leader who wants that (Huckabee included).

    Also note – Huckabee was Lt. Governor and Governor longer than he was a pastor. He governed well there. He didn’t bring a theocracy there. So why are we worried about this?

    I hope you are wrong about a brokered convention – that would be a mess.

    I don’t know who John Galt is, did I refer to him?

  14. Hey Underdog,

    That is actually the first amendment – the 2nd amendment is the right to bear arms.

    There is always a tension between the establishment clause and the free exercise clause in the first amendment. When you look at the context of this amendment, lumped in this amendment is also freedom of speech, press, etc. Is to protect the liberty of the citizenry from the government. In that many people who came here prior to 1776 to esacpe religious persecution. This isn’t meant to restrain religious leaders in the political process, and it isn’t meant to protect government from religion.

    I don’t believe the War on Terror is a Holy Crusade by President Bush to force Christianity on the rest of the world. When Christ returns and establishes His kingdom on earth that is when we will have a true theocracy. I can’t think of a single mainstream Christian leader who wants that (Huckabee included).

    Also note – Huckabee was Lt. Governor and Governor longer than he was a pastor. He governed well there. He didn’t bring a theocracy there. So why are we worried about this?

    I hope you are wrong about a brokered convention – that would be a mess.

    I don’t know who John Galt is, did I refer to him?

  15. Hey Underdog,

    That is actually the first amendment – the 2nd amendment is the right to bear arms.

    There is always a tension between the establishment clause and the free exercise clause in the first amendment. When you look at the context of this amendment, lumped in this amendment is also freedom of speech, press, etc. Is to protect the liberty of the citizenry from the government. In that many people who came here prior to 1776 to esacpe religious persecution. This isn’t meant to restrain religious leaders in the political process, and it isn’t meant to protect government from religion.

    I don’t believe the War on Terror is a Holy Crusade by President Bush to force Christianity on the rest of the world. When Christ returns and establishes His kingdom on earth that is when we will have a true theocracy. I can’t think of a single mainstream Christian leader who wants that (Huckabee included).

    Also note – Huckabee was Lt. Governor and Governor longer than he was a pastor. He governed well there. He didn’t bring a theocracy there. So why are we worried about this?

    I hope you are wrong about a brokered convention – that would be a mess.

    I don’t know who John Galt is, did I refer to him?

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