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Folks,  with the newly christened “Potamac Primaries” coming up today, I’m here to tell that you don’t have to ride the bandwagon.  You don’t have to go with the flow.  This message is a plea for a clean break.  I’m asking you to do what you know in your heart is right.

Bear with me a moment while I try to set the stage for you.  I want you to understand what I’m asking you to do, and why.

If you look at poll numbers for Virginia, the first really important battlebround state for John McCain and Mike Huckabee, there’s an interesting dynamic at work.  After Mitt Romney dropped out of the race, John McCain experienced a huge jump in terms of support.  McCain saw his support rise to 55-57% according to surveys by Mason-Dixon and SurveyUSA on February 7 and 8.  But then, according to another SurveyUSA poll conducted on February 9 and 10, McCain’s support dipped abruptly, from 57% to 48%, while Mike Huckabee saw his support zoom from 25% to 37%.  A little simple math will show that in a period of less than 48 hours, that amounted to a 21% break in Huckabee’s favor.

I think this illustrates the magnitude of something that’s happening in many Republican hearts across America right now.  When Romney left the contest, there was a tendency on the part of many of us to try to consolidate – to get behind the “presumptive” nominee and give him a boost.  But for too many people it just didn’t feel right.  John McCain is an earnest and honorable man, but he’s stands a little bit outside the mainstream of conservative thought – or at least at little bit cockeyed within it.

Mike Huckabee is a genuine character; he speaks freely and he speaks in specifics.  He has a quip for every situation, and his talent for communication is positively Reaganesque.  Huckabee is a longtime social conservative whose record betrays no uncertainty or equivocation, and those of us who are uneasy with McCain find him both soothing and exhilarating.

So there’s a spontaneous movement afoot.  Whether there’s enough time for it to fully bloom is uncertain.  But what’s happening across a wide range of geographic and ideological delineations is a movement of the heart, a leaving of the man who seems like the smart, safe compromise, and running to the other, the one for whom our hearts yearn.

Are you one of the many who still rides the McCain bandwagon even though you don’t like the route it’s taking?  Do you think that you have to support McCain because he’s the anointed “next Republican One?”  If you’re planning to vote against your true inner desire because you think it’s the pragmatic thing to do, I have some words for you.  To borrow a theme from Doctor Seuss, I think your imagination is three sizes too small.

The thing about miracles is that they only happen where there’s faith.  It’s time to believe in miracles.

To view the polls cited in this article you can visit: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/va/virginia_republican_primary-506.html

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