Later this month (October 19th-20th) the Family Research Council will be holding their Washington Briefing event and Republican Presidential Straw Poll. This poll will be crucial in cementing Huckabee's place as the candidate for social conservatives. As David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network has said:
The Family Research Council straw poll will be held on Saturday, October 20th. [Huckabee] must do well here. As a matter of fact, I would suggest that he may need to win it to be seen as the candidate for social conservatives. This Value Voters Summit that FRC is putting on will have all the social conservative heavyweights in town and it really will, more than any other event so far this year, give a real sense as to who social conservatives will rally around. If Huckabee wins it, he can lay claim to that title.What is more, all of the most influential conservative leaders — like Dobson and Don Wildmon of AFA — are waiting until after the FRC Straw Poll to make public endorsements.
In other words, along with fundraising, the FRC Straw Poll is the most crucial effort for Huckabee supporters — and we have just two weeks.
As K Street Mole has recognized, this is an opportunity for grassroots mobilization. It's an opportunity for Huckabee supporters to converge upon the event itself and to thoughtfully and effectively influence the conservative activists and leaders who will be there. This will be money and time well spent.
But even if you can't do that (or even if you are doing that) there's more you can do. Even though Brett and I are in Oregon, far from DC and hardly a key primary state, we can influence this election for Huckabee by helping to ensure that he wins the FRC Straw Poll. Why? Because anyone can vote online by making a $1 donation to the Family Research Council. If you haven't already, do it today.
More important than your own vote (or your own trip to DC) is getting your family and friends to join you. That's why we're announcing the FRC Straw Poll Voter Drive. Brett has designed a beautiful and effective form (with instructions) for signing people up and then following up with them. And it's designed to recruit votes and event attendees.
Our Portland Area Meetup Group already has events planned (e.g. at church, meetings, large gatherings) to sign people up. If you don't have a Meetup event planned yet, this is a great one. You can view ours as an example by clicking here.
We think everyone who considers themselves a Huckabee supporter should join us in the FRC Straw Poll Voter Drive. Fellow bloggers, please blog about this and keep your readers update on your progress to keep them motivated. This is a crucial effort that is well worth our time, money, and energy. God bless you all!