Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
An interesting line from Mike Huckabee concerning Evangelicals in Iowa:
“A lot of these organizations wouldn’t have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization’s abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it’s just, it is what it is,” Huckabee said.
Now there are several ways to take this:
- Mike Huckabee thinks and/or knows that evangelical leaders in Iowa are just out for the money
- MIke Huckabee is so prideful that he believes he has a divine right to the evangelical vote
- Mike Huckabee is upset and said something he thinks but really shouldn’t have said
At least one of these statement but possibly all of these statements are true
I can’t comment on the sincerity of the people Mr. Huckabee is talking about. He knows them, I don’t however I can say that this was a very bad idea to attack the hands that have fed you over the years as Allahpundit put it:
I’m trying to think of another case where a member of a movement as prominent as Huckabee is among politically active evangelicals has turned around and basically accused the rest of the movement of being money-grubbing frauds. Because that’s what he’s doing here,
and looks a lot like the sin of pride.
The decision by these leaders do not mean they dislike or disagree with you, they just like a different candidate more.
For example, I like Rick Santorum a lot, he’s my 2nd choice in the field, but my endorsement of Ted Cruz isn’t a condemnation of Rick Santorum, it’s an acknowledge that I think Ted Cruz is a better choice at this time.
Now I’m not an evangelical although I’m supporting one (Ted Cruz) for president but if any evangelical is skeptical of a pastor in general or the movement in particular (and even if they’re not) I’d of course recommend Catholicism over any Protestant denomination not only because of the sacraments, but because it’s true.
If I was Huckabee I’d really rethink this not just in terms of political wisdom but of christianity because that might be considered calumny.
Either way Mike Huckabee has one advantage in this situation. The people he is saying this about are required to forgive him, it’s a non-optional Christian doctrine.