The Huckabee Stool

It’s hard work building a right-wing coalition. Mike Huckabee has been hammering away at the religious-right base, making explicit appeals based on his faith and reminding them that he is one of them. He’s signed Grover Norquist’s tax pledge and embraced the “FairTax” to shore up support from the economic right. He’s even gotten an endorsement from the co-founder of the anti-immigrant vigilante group the Minutemen. But all that may not be enough when you have Pat Robertson come around telling your people to vote for Giuliani because terrorism is supposed to be the most important issue.

It seems there’s one more faction Huckabee needs to pander to: the foreign-policy hardliners. That would explain Huckabee’s plans for this weekend: The former pastor will spend the Sunday before Christmas speaking at two services at the Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, home of Armageddon advocate John Hagee, who believes “that the United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West.”

For a closer look at Hagee, check out Max Blumenthal’s report from the Christians United for Israel conference this past summer. Or, if you’re wondering what Huckabee might be expected to discuss at Cornerstone, watch this typical sermon, which aired Wednesday on TBN:

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Right now, the State Department is in Israel putting pressure on Israel to give concessions to the terrorist armies that are camped on her borders--to give up more land for peace. Joel 3:2 says, “Any nation that tries to get Israel to divide my land, I will bring it into judgment.”

I want those of you in the State Department and in government in Washington to hear this: If America does not stop pressuring Israel to give up land, I believe that God will bring this nation into judgment, because I believe what this book says. And if God brings this nation into judgment, He will very likely release the terrorists that you've already let get here through the ridiculous immigration policy you refuse to stop, and this nation is going to go through a bloodbath that you have permitted because of what you have done. You have disobeyed the law of God, and now, we as a nation are going to pay a price for that.