Sarah Posner's excellent blog entry in the American Prospect's blog Tapped raises some excellent points. While some may view the rise of Mike Huckabee as evidence that rank and file evangelical voters have turned a cold shoulder to the James Dobson's and Tony Perkins's of the world -- because they have not publicly supported Huckabee (perhaps feeling threatened that he could become more influential in the Christian right movement) -- the religious right continues to flex its muscle in the Republican party and must not be ignored.
For anyone who wrote the evangelical right's obituary last fall, Huckabee's win in Iowa -- even if it doesn't translate into the nomination -- shows just how wrong they were. There are certain cults of personality in the movement, made legendary by excessive media attention. Just because they weren't organized and mobilized for any single candidate doesn't mean there isn't a thriving movement, determined to restore America, its government, and its culture to "biblical values." Just because Dobson missed the boat with Huckabee doesn't mean there's no one else on board, or that there aren't several captains and crews. Never say I didn't warn you.