(CNN) -- Mike Huckabee's bare-bones Iowa campaign may have been short on cash and full-time staff, but it was long on grassroots innovation -- and supported on the ground by an impressive array of evangelical networks.
The former Arkansas governor was, as he noted in virtually every stump speech, outspent by Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney in the state by millions. Yet he won in large part by engaging Christian conservatives -- a traditional Republican constituency -- in fresh, more-direct ways, and recruiting newly active evangelical interest groups to his campaign.
The strategy was a gamble, but it was based on one of the few certainties of the campaign universe: The key to a caucus victory does not necessarily lie in the number of overall supporters, but in the passion of their support. And evangelicals were passionate about Huckabee....
"I'm happy to witness so many politicians honoring a great man of God and peace. The problem, however, is that so few of them honored him during his lifetime by their actions as legislators. In fact, most members of Congress support policies that are totally at odds with (Roman)Catholic teachings.
The hypocritical pro-war conservatives lauding him today have very short memories. Both conservatives and liberals cannot understand that the Popes pronouncements were theological, not political.
He was a man of God, not a man of the state. He was not a policy maker, but rather a steward of long-established (Roman)Catholic doctrine. His mission was to save souls, not serve the political agendas of any nation, party, or politician.
The Popes commitment to human dignity, grounded in the teachings of Christ, led him to become an eloquent and consistent advocate for an ethic of life, exemplified by his struggles against abortion, war, euthanasia, and the death penalty.
But no politician will ever produce even a tiny fraction of the legacy left by Pope John Paul II (Sic, Sic, Sic! 666)."--Ron Paul 4/12/05
*NOTE: JOHN PAUL II (KAROL WOJTYLA); THE NOTORIOUS POLISH PEDOPHILE PRIEST !