The big four, Thompson, Giuliani, McCain, and Romney, made a mistake by not showing up to the Values Voter Debate in Fort Lauderdale. In fact, Giuliani was in town and did not show up.

The big four received much criticism from the likes of Phyliss Schafly, Pastor Rick Scarborough, Buddy Smith from AFA, and the Rabbi who was on the panel called Rudy Giuliani a coward for not showing up while he was in town. Janet Folger of Faith2Action stated she believed that this was a clear sign that Mike Huckabee was the clear choice for President. The rest would not commit to any candidate this early. I think that is a good strategy; keep your powder dry because there is a lot of time left.

Mike Huckabee won the straw poll with 63% of the vote, and the big four all dropped severely, down to almost nothing (Giuliani got zero votes). One pleasant surprise was the very good showing of Alan Keyes (I confess I did not know he was running again).

I’ve been sitting here watching this for the last 3 ½ hours and this was by far the best debate I’ve seen so far.

So the Huckabee phenomenon is still strong.