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Family Research Council – desperate for fundies to remain relevant

It’s not good news for the professional Beltway “Christian” victim set when the mainline GOP pundits and braintrust are horrified at the rise of the fundie man of choice for president, rapist/murderer-releasing Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

FRC’s Tony Perkins, in a pitch to bolster the value of the “Values Voters” doesn’t sound very convincing (via the Wildmon’s “news” organ OneNewsNow):

Tony Perkins, a prominent evangelical Christian leader based in Washington, DC, is taking issue with media reports that suggest “family values have lost their punch as a [presidential] campaign issue.”

An article in USA Today contends that “the urgency of issues such as war, terrorism, and the economy” have “overrun ‘family values’ on the campaign’s agenda.” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), disagrees and says political pundits and the media are only wishing that “value voters” would go away since George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004.

Tony also points out to the marital woes of the Clown Car occupants as the reason evangelical social conservatives are flocking to Huck and Mitt.

The FRC president also notes that Christians are instructed in scripture to look for leaders who first manage their own homes well. He believes there is no separation between how one conducts his personal business and how one will conduct the public’s business. Perkins alluded to a USA Today/Gallup poll that said it would matter a great deal or a moderate amount to 50 percent of voters if a candidate had an extramarital affair.

The top three Democratic presidential candidates — Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York), Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois), and John Edwards — are all married to their original spouses. Among the top five Republican presidential candidates, only Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have not had multiple marriages.

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