Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is this guy fit to be president?

They're battling it out for the religious whack job vote in the Republican primaries, and today it's time to talk about Huckleberry. The Arkansas governor did better than expected in Iowa last week, and a lot of people were surprised. Really, really surprised.

So last month, when the polls were showing him really strong, Huckleberry was speaking at Liberty "University" and one of the students asked him how he could possibly explain how well he's doing. It might be smart to argue that he has a great organization, or he's tapped into a wellspring of support among the good people of this country, that people are just hungering for his message, but what does he say? "There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one." He goes on to explain that it comes from the same power (or should I say "Power"?) that multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed a crowd of five thousand.

If you go to watch the video, which I recommend, I want you to pay attention to a couple of things. First, he is dead serious here. He means this completely literally, the same way you or I might say that we were able to get to the movie on time because we took a short cut. Second, check the crowd's reaction at 0:35, just after he says it. They go crazy! They love this stuff!

Now we've already seen what years and years of a weak-minded religious zealot, who counts on divine intervention to make sure everything goes right, can do to the country and the world. One thing Bush has demonstrated is that if the president thinks that everything he does is the will of god he is not going to face reality, consider alternatives, or change his mind when things inevitably go wrong. Can we really afford the kind of weak-minded, soft-headed thinking that this guy will bring to the White House?

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