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Huckabee: Force Behind My Rise in Polls Is ‘Not Human’

First Mrs. Huckabee:

Janet Huckabee also admitted she is “very disappointed” in the National Right to Life’s decision to endorse Thompson over her husband. “Mike has been a true Right to Life person,” she said. “He’s marched in the Right to Life parades for 13 years. He’s just been a big supporter pro-life legislation, and it was disappointing to him.”


“God’s a big God,” Huckabee continued. “If he wants us to continue to go and to fight the giants, we’ll do that. You remember Jesus feeding the 5,000 with two fishes and five loaves. So, we’re multiplying our money. Every dollar spends like a thousand and every prayer we get is like a million bucks.”

Comparing effective use of campaign funds to a miracle? Cringe. Well, it’s just the candidate’s wife, it’s not like Huckabee would say something like

STUDENT: Recent polls show you surging… What do you attribute this surge to?
HUCKABEE: There’s only one explanation for it, and it’s not a human one. It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of five thousand people. (Applause) That’s the only way that our campaign can be doing what it’s doing. And 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 them trying to figure it out, and until they look at it, from a, just experience beyond human, they’ll never figure it out. And it’s probably just as well. That’s honestly why it’s happening.

Wow. Huckabee’s been endorsed by both Chuck Norris AND Jesus Christ.
Dang. Here I was looking at poll numbers, advertising, and endorsements, when I should have been detailing and quantifying the “not human” factor in the race.
UPDATE: From Joe Carter, Huckabee’s e-press guy:

Let me clarify, while Governor Huckabee endorses Jesus, he certainly isn’t saying that Jesus endorses his candidacy.
Like most Christians, Governor Huckabee believes in giving God the credit for the blessings–particuarly the unexplainable good fortune–that come our way. That is all he was trying to say, as I’m sure, most people will recognize.

Readers can draw their own conclusions on Huckabee’s meaning. As you probably can guess, this rubs me the wrong way. If Huckabee’s rise in the polls is the result of a factor that is not human, how about the declining poll numbers of his rivals?

It reminds me of a comedian’s joke about football players who point to the sky and thank God and/or Jesus when they score a touchdown. Nobody ever hears a defender say, “well, I thought I had him covered pretty well, but then Jesus got in my way.”

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