Huck, Culture Warrior

posted by dgilgoff

huckwarrior.jpgRemember back to the Republican primaries, when Mike Huckabee campaigned as a new kind of evangelical candidate, adding issues like the environment, education, and poverty to the hot-button agenda of God, guns, and gays?

That big-tent Huck seems to be in much shorter supply now. An email the Arkansas governor just sent out soliciting donations for his political action committee–whose beneficiaries include John McCain and Sarah Palin–asks fors $5 for each of these five red meat issues:

1. Protection of Human Life 2. Traditional Marriage 3. Tax policy that doesn’t punish people for working, but rewards them 4. 2nd amendment rights 5. Supreme Court and Federal Court judge selection

Is this more evidence that the “new kind of evangelical voter” story has been overplayed? Or just that Huck is changing his tune a bit?


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posted October 7, 2008 at 5:58 pm

And John McCain climbs from 7 to 8 on the meter because of this?
Jesus Wept!

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Charles Cosimano

posted October 8, 2008 at 3:19 am

There are few things more unfortunate than a warrior fighting a war that is already lost.

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Josh Johnson

posted October 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

My guess is Huck is using these staples of the conservative Republican diet because they are traditionally more effective fund-raising tools. Maybe the “new kind of evangelical voter” has shallow pockets, or perhaps he is intrinsically turned off by political giving and instead devotes resources to more direct humanitarian causes. Whatever the case, this letter seems aimed at a crowd whose place in the pew is well-worn.
Regardless of the reasoning, it does take some gusto out of Huckabee’s “breath-of-fresh-air” appeal.

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posted October 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm

What’s the problem?? I do not see any.

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posted November 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

What the “hell” does owning a gun have to do with religion?? and how does this hypocrite who slaughters animals for sport consider himself a Godly man. Would Jesus hunt? What you have in Mike Huckabee is rural uneducated Americanism injecting itself into Christianity and what you get is an ogre with very ugly face…

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