James Dobson is apparently going to endorse Mike Huckabee for President.
Now that Mitt Romney is out of the race, Dobson clearly doesn’t have to risk offending those near him who supported Romney (I’ve been told that those close to him were pulling him toward both Huckabee and Romney).

It’s hard to see what Huckabee stands to gain from the endorsement now that he is all but statistically out of the race for President.  If he wins out, he could win it but it’s difficult to see that happening.  Of course, even if he manages it to make it close, Dobson now stands to gain much of the credit for it.

Either way, it’s a curious play this late in the primary season.

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  1. I think it’s a back door way for Dobson to endorse the Republican ticket. I think there are discussions going on, which Dobson is probably privy to, where Huck gets the VP slot and this will give cover for Dobson & Co.’s move into McCain’s camp. Otherwise, Dobson has painted himself in a corner by withhoding his support for McCain before Romney bowed out. This, by the way, confused me because despite his conservative imperfections McCain has always been pro-life.


  2. Matthew Lee Anderson February 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm


    That’s brilliant. I hadn’t thought of that at all.

    Alternatively, I wonder if Huck is staying in the race because he has realized that McCain can’t name him as VP. I thought that Huck was a lock for the VP, but now that he’s continuing to run, I wonder whether he is burning his bridges with McCain. I can’t see how it helps McCain to have Huck challenging him (if only a little).

    Also, I don’t quite get Dobson’s distaste for McCain’s social conservatism either. I really, really don’t.


  3. I agree the primary risk in staying in now is alienating McCain. When Romney was in the race, I noticed that Huck treated McCain with kid gloves and went hard on Romney. In doing so, Huck was ostensibly pealing off votes that might have gone to Romney, easing the path for McCain. Now I don’t quite get the rationale, except to build strength or leverage for the VP slot, which Huck has been pretty clearly signaling he would take.


  4. What’s being lost in all this: in almost every primary and caucus, the Democrats are bringing thousands more to the polls than the GOP. Even a slight overall percent edge to McCain or Huckabee would evaporate if the Dems have a superior GOTV effort.


  5. Matthew Lee Anderson February 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm


    I haven’t followed the numbers that closely (work has been killing me–hence the drop-off in blogging). That’s an interesting fact.


    I know that the was the standard line (that I thought myself). Now I’m starting to wonder whether that was right–maybe Huck was actually in it for the Presidency for the beginning, and maybe he really thinks he can make it to a brokered convention!


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