On Wednesday evening Mike Huckabee is scheduled to make remarks at the Republican National Convention. The former Arkansas governor was instrumental in rallying conservatives around Chick-Fil-A in the marriage, religious freedom and Freedom of Speech campaign. He has also been outspoken in defending Representative Todd Akin’s (R-Mo) comments last week in which he used the phrase “legitimate rape”.
Akin is a vocal proponent of Christian conservatism. He has been loyal to trying to promote Christian principles into government.
Akin has tried mightily to increase the role of religion in government. He proposed creating a National Year of the Bible in 2008 and an official day of fasting and prayer in 2003 to gird the nation for war in Iraq. Four times, the Missouri Republican wrote bills to keep judges from striking “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
None of them became law….
But if Akin has carved out only a small legacy on the Hill, he has made loyal allies among conservative legislators and Christian groups.
Governor Huckabee came out in defense of Akin after having him on his radio broadcast to explain his comments. He ripped the GOP leadership on Thursday and in an email to supporters he wrote:
The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left [Akin] behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding…. From the spotlights of political offices and media perches, it may appear that the demand for Akin’s head is universal in the party. I assure you it is not…. He made his mistake, but was man enough to admit it and apologize. I’m waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves. It wasn’t just Todd Akin that was treated with contempt by the thinly veiled attack on Todd Akin. It was all the people who have faithfully knocked doors, made calls, and made sacrificial contributions to elect Republicans because we thought we were welcome in the party….
I’ve always believed and still do, that if you don’t honor your friendships, you don’t honor yourself. And I consider Todd a friend. So I will join Todd as often as I can, in his fight for our Party’s pro-life policies, traditional marriage and our efforts to rein in the massive expansion of government under President Obama…. The party has decided it won’t help. In fact, it has decided that it will try to cut off the supply lines to Akin to pressure him to exit and let the party bosses overturn the voters of Missouri and pick their own candidate. If this can happen to Todd Akin, who is next?
He’s right. The party turned on Akin like a pack of wolves. But Akin has been one that has stood up for the Christian view of life. As one of the first to defend Akin, Joel McDurmon of American Vision, wrote a post titled Legitimate Political Gang Rape, in which he said that Akin was the victim of a double standard. In the piece, McDurmon writes,
We expect leftists, liberals, and other miscreants to pounce opportunistically, to lie, cheat, and twist (all the while drooling) over a phrase like “legitimate rape” when uttered by a strong conservative Christian politician. But should we expect the same from alleged conservatives?
Yet this is exactly what we’ve seen from several prominent conservatives in the wake of a media gaffe from U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) in regard to alleged “legitimate rape” and abortion.
And in this case, the volley of verbal bullets came with disproportionate verve. It’s almost like the GOP establishment is more than eager to get rid of the most conservative tea-party types among them.
McDurmon was then taken on, though quite as unfair as Akin was, by Mother Jones in a piece by Kate Sheppard titled Christian Group Accuses GOP of “Political Gang Rape” Against Todd Akin. In that piece Ms. Sheppard attacked McDurmon as a misogynist, which not even close to characterizing Joel McDurmon. My own comments can be seen there as well, which deal with liberals views of women, abortion and the Bible that are completely illogical and irrational.
In an interview with Ben Adler that went to print on August 8, Huckabee said,
“Conservatives have been burned way too many times. Social conservatives get used every four years, trotted out at the rallies to stand there for five hours, scream and yell for that candidate, knock on doors, make the phone calls, carry signs. When the election is over, they’re promptly forgotten, put up in the attic and asked not to come out in public again for another four years. I think a lot of people have grown tired of that, so hopefully that’s not going to be the case this year.”
Sadly, he was not correct.
So the question now comes, with Huckabee’s talk scheduled for just about 48 hours from now, will he even breach the subject of simply give support to the party? We shall wait and see what will happen. I would assume from the time schedule put out that he will not address the subject, but we shall see.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.