Huckabee Loses New Hampshire: Is That God’s Will Too?

UPDATE: 9:04 pm EST Huckabee is projected to finish third in the New Hampshire primary behind McCain and Romney.

It was just a month or so ago that Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher and Arkansas governor, claimed that the hidden hand of God was behind the surprising success of his candidacy:
MIKE HUCKABEE: There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped the little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people. And that's the only way our campaign could be doing what it's doing. I'm not being facetious, nor am I trying to be trite. There literally are thousands of people across this country who are praying that a little will become much. And it has. And it defies all explanation. It has confounded the pundits, and I'm enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out. And until they look at it from an experience just beyond human they'll never figure it out. And that's probably just as well.
That's honestly why it's happening.
Of course, no pundit has ever been even slightly confused about the reason for Huckabee's success. It is quite simple: Christianist voters rejected the other candidates one by one -- Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Brownback and Thompson -- because they found them all to be insufficiently doctrinaire about the rightwing's bizarre hate-filled version of Christ's teachings. Huckabee became their only choice by default.

But now Huckabee is trailing at a distant third in New Hampshire in a series of polls:
An American Research Group poll of 600 likely Republican voters, McCain is at 35 percent, Romney 27 percent, Mike Huckabee 12 percent, Rudy Giuliani 10 percent, Rep. Ron Paul 7 percent, Rep. Duncan Hunter 2 percent, Fred Thompson 2 percent, and Alan Keyes 1 percent.
A CNN /WMUR poll of ... 341 likely Republican voters, McCain leads with 32 percent, followed by Romney, 26 percent; Huckabee, 14 percent; Giuliani, 11 percent; and Paul, 10 percent.
A McClatchy /MSNBC poll of 400 likely Republican voters, McCain is at 32 percent, followed by Romney, 24 percent; Huckabee, 12 percent; Giuliani, 9 percent; and Paul, 8 percent.
A Rasmussen automated poll of 1,240 ... 1,102 likely Republican voters, McCain is at 32 percent, Romney, 30 percent; Huckabee, 11 percent; Paul, 11 percent; and Giuliani, 9 percent.
If Huckabee comes in third in New Hampshire today, it would be nice to think that a reporter would ask him to explain why it was God's will for him to lose in the Granite State. Don't hold your breath, of course.

Huckabee would do well to look at George Bush's claim in 2005 that God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan:
George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month.

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