Republican to Huckabee: You’re too Christian to be president. Paul Mirengoff, an attorney in Washington, D.C., and a contributor to the conservative superblog Power Line, is worried that Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is rising in the polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president, would ask himself “What would Jesus do?” in matters of foreign policy.
“My main objection to Huckabee — the reason why he’s my fifth choice out of five — is that I lack confidence in his ability to fight terrorism,” Mirengoff writes. He later notes that Huckabee “opposes waterboarding and would close the Guantanamo Bay detention center” and adds, “Waterboarding and long-term detention aren’t very ‘Christian’; they merely keep terrorists out of action and, in special circumstances enable us to find out where we’re going to be attacked next and/or where we can find those who are planning the next attacks.”
Mirengoff’s post leads John Cole, who blogs at Balloon Juice, to break down the Republican field on behalf of single-issue, pro-waterboarding voters:
Huckabee, McCain, and Paul all outright oppose waterboarding. That leaves Tancredo, who is unelectable but enthusiastic about torture, Giuliani, who is proving to be quite the liability for the GOP, and Multiple Choice Mitt, who may or may not support waterboarding, but he will have to consult with the polls, his advisors, and, according to the last debate, John McCain. Unfortunately, Mitt is not the right kind of Christian or Christian enough (whereas Huckabee is too Christian) for the current GOP, so he isn’t so great a choice.
What is a wingnut to do? I have an idea - FOUR MORE YEARS!