. . . until the New Hampshire primary.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the trouble the Christian right seems to be having in fielding a credible candidate for the Presidency. I had thought that they would coalesce around Brownback, Huckabee or Hunter, but that's not happening. It may be that the Christian right is not as rich and powerful as we liberals sometimes fear:
Although each of the three had supporters, many conservatives expressed concerns about whether any of the candidates could unify their movement or raise enough money to overtake the front-runners, several participants in the meetings said.
In other words, they may enough power to put an already well-funded and well-known candidate over the top, but not nearly enough power to raise up a candidate from poverty and obscurity into front-runner status.
It may be too that the Christian right always imagined that somehow the House of Bush would continue on in office through brother Jeb, despite his denials.
Either way, it is salutary to be reminded that the fearsome fundamentalists are not the 800-pound gorillas they are sometimes made out to be.