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Interesting language in a Bob Novak column:
John McCain, who has spent the last two months trying to consolidate right-wing support as the Republican candidate for president, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative coalition: the evangelicals. The biggest question is whether Mike Huckabee is part of the problem or the solution for McCain.
An element of the Christian community is not reconciled to McCain’s candidacy but instead regards the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a Biblical plague visited upon a sinful people. These militants look at former Baptist preacher Huckabee as “God’s candidate” running for president in 2012. Whether they can be written off as merely a troublesome fringe group depends on Huckabee’s course.
Plague? Biblical? Is this going to be the Exodus campaign all of a sudden? Obama has likened his candicacy to the “Joshua generation,” saying on several occasions that the leaders of the civil rights movemement with the Moses generation and his generation is the one that follows, designed to take African-Americans (and the rest of the country as well) into the Promised Land. Now suddenly we have language coming out of the evangelical wing of the GOP that he is a biblical plague. And not the good kind, like the ones God sends to free the Moses generation. The 2008 Presidential Election is shaping up to be, among other things, an exegetical battle over the Book of Exodus.