by Rocco R.
December 25, 2007 02:51 PM EST rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes) comments: 12
There is a saying in politics that is as old as Methuselah (or at least as old as John McCain) – “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” I don’t know how much stranger it could get than the latest hook-up.
Consider this item by Michael Levenson from today’s Boston Globe.com article McCain, Huckabee form unusual alliance against Romney.
John McCain and Mike Huckabee have become unusual allies, united by their desire to stop Mitt Romney from winning the early presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.While Huckabee and McCain have repeatedly criticized Romney, they have showered each other with affection. McCain has lauded Huckabee as “a man of integrity, honesty, and decency.” And Huckabee has praised McCain as “a true, honest-to-God American hero.”
The warmth between them may be heartfelt, but both men recognize that they need each other over the next two weeks. McCain needs Huckabee to beat Romney in Iowa‘s Republican caucuses on Jan. 3, so that Romney is weakened for the New Hampshire primary five days later. And Huckabee needs McCain to draw votes from Romney in Iowa. Polls indicate McCain and Romney are in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, and Huckabee is leading Romney in Iowa.The alliance between the folksy former Arkansas governor and the irreverent Arizona senator has been one of the stranger story lines to emerge in the Republican race. McCain, after all, has had a rocky relationship with evangelical voters since he criticized Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson during the 2000 presidential campaign, saying their message of “intolerance” hurt the Republican Party and America. Huckabee, meanwhile, has rocketed to the top of the Iowa polls and the top tier of national candidates by courting evangelical voters and marketing himself in his ads as a “Christian leader.”
Go read it all… very disturbing…