Falwell was not expecting to endorse Huckabee today, but when put on the spot, he did. “He’s my choice, yes,” Falwell said to cheers from students and a smile from Huckabee. While Falwell called Huckabee his “close friend,” he also said Thompson would have been good choice.
On the one hand, God-o-Meter recognizes that Falwell is a household name, adding to impression that Huckabee has overcome viability doubts among evangelical cultural leaders. And with his dramatic surge in the Iowa polls, why not. But God-o-Meter also thinks it important to point out that many of the real organizational players in the Christian Right, like Focus on the Family’s James Dobson and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, haven’t jumped on board yet. Until that happens, GOM won’t be fully convinced that the powerful infrastructure of the modern Christian right is truly behind the man from Hope.