Thursday, January 3, 2008
Huckleberry Chooses Running Mate
In a bold move that could dramatically alter the playing field of the 2008 GOP presidential race, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee today named Jesus Christ as his vice presidential running mate.
Huckabee has made an increasing number of comments about his relationship with Jesus in recent debates, but few Republican insiders expected him to announce that he was anointing Christ as his vice presidential pick.
This could be huge for Huckabee, said Stenson Partridge, a veteran GOP consultant. Among Republican voters, Jesus Christ is even more popular than Ronald Reagan.
The Rev. Pat Robertson, a supporter of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, said he was blindsided by the news of Huckabee's decision: "I talked to Jesus last night, and he didn't mention anything about it."
At a raucous Huckabee rally in Davenport, Iowa, today, supporters of the former Arkansas governor could be seen holding signs reading HUCKABEE/CHRIST in 2008.
It is highly unorthodox for a presidential candidate to select a vice presidential running mate who is a prominent figure in the Holy Bible, says Davis Logsdon, dean of the School of Divinity at the University of Minnesota. But according to Logsdon, if the Huckabee-Christ ticket makes it all the way to the White House, it could be historic in more ways than one. If Huckabee is elected and then he died while in office, we would be looking at our first Jewish president.