Huckabee Is Growing on Me

I haven’t decided to add my (truly meager) endorsement to any of the Presidential candidates yet. But I have to admit that Huckabee is growing on me. In today’s Washington Post, Michael Gerson takes a swipe at Pat Robertson’s cynical endorsement of Rudy Giuliani and has this to say about Huckabee:

“Robertson’s endorsement of a pro-choice presidential candidate is a transparent attempt to remain on the Republican train, even as it chugs away from the priorities of the religious right. . . Huckabee has the strongest general election message of any Republican. Perhaps it is time for religious conservatives to suspend cynical calculation and bank-shot endorsement ploys and reexamine another man from Hope.”

Gerson goes on to say that Huckabee’s most compelling response to an interview question was this:

“There isn’t a social pathology that I wouldn’t be able to put a face to. I’ve talked with a pregnant 14-year-old who hasn’t been able to tell her parents, with a 17-year-old high school student who believes he is gay and doesn’t know how to break the news, with parents who have a son on life support after a motorcycle accident. . . . It makes me a different kind of public official, not as rigid, not blind to problems.”

Gerson responds: “And that is not a bad thing — in a Republican, in a candidate or in a president.”

9 Responses to Huckabee Is Growing on Me

  1. Carlito November 9, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    Go Huck Go!!!

  2. Carlito November 9, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    http://www.gopetition.com/online/14557.html

  3. Andrew November 9, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    he’s a pro-life liberal. his record in arkansas on immigration and economic issues is terrible. conservative leaders such as phyllis schlafly, club for growth, tony perkins, and others admit that he is not as conservative as he’d like to spin himself to be. even in the southern baptist world he wasn’t known to be a conservative. he sided with the moderates and conservative leader judge paul pressler notes that he did not appoint any theological conservatives when he was president of the arkansas convention.

  4. Alex Chediak November 9, 2007 at 9:07 pm #

    Andrew,

    I believe the claim that Huckabee is “liberal” is invalid. See this rebuttal to the Club For Growth report by Joe Carter.

    Denny, join us, brother!

    Alex

  5. married Guy with Kids November 9, 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    As christians, we shouldn’t get hung up on whether someone is “liberal” or “conservative”. We need to continue to mine the depths of our Christian worldview and how it relates to the many complex issues that will be talked about in the next presidential election.

  6. Treva November 10, 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    Huckabee’s the real deal.

    Now to 3#, Andrew. Stop quoting Fred Thompson!He’s obviously aiming at Huckabee because he senses true competition. There’s no spinning with Huckabee. He is probably the only politician I’ve ever seen and heard who is so transparent with integrity. Maybe you should actually check him out, and stop borring lines from Fred “Sleep-on-the-Job” Thompson!

  7. David Hamilton November 12, 2007 at 12:37 pm #

    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Home

    pretty impressive… and he is an alum of my parents’ alma mater- Ouachita Baptist University

    how ’bout them small town boys from Arkansas!

  8. Leo S. November 12, 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    Not that endorsement should change anything… Besides Donald Wildmon, here is a list of SBC leaders supporting him:

    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressRelease&ID=356

    And others:

    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressRelease&ID=359
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=697

  9. Darius November 14, 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    Andrew is correct, Huckabee is not much more than a pro-life liberal. He is for banning smoking in public, he is for big-government, he is a nanny-stater.

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