Grasping at Straw Polls


Mitt Romney just barely edges out Mike Huckabee in the “values voter” straw poll, but Huckabee actually trounced him among people who actually attended the conference rather than voted online.

If Huckabee had money, it seems to me he’d be a formidable contender. As things stand, he mostly seems like a potential spoiler who might step on the big headlines out of Iowa that Romney needs.

UPDATE: In a related development Pam Spalding notes this Dallas Morning News article in which Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, urges his congregation not to vote for Romney: “Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult.” The “cult” charge is patently unfair and seems to reflect bigotry, but the perspective that Mormonism is more of an offshoot of Christianity than a variety of it seems fairly well-supported to me. Generally, when you add a new holy book, you have a new religion.