Huckabee and Social Conservativism

I was just thinking of the various choices being offered by the two major political parties (a process which can bring on a state of dispair) and began thinking about the liberal response to Mike Huckabee. While none of us would actually vote for him, there is a degree of respect for Huckabee which I, as well as other liberal bloggers, have shown for him which we do not show towards the major Republican candidates.

Part of this is because, from time to time, Huckabee makes sense, such as when criticizing school prayer. There is also more to it than just making sense from time to time. Perhaps the reason Huckabee doesn’t come off as a total kook is that these are his real ideas, as opposed to ideas being adopted to appeal to a voting block.

Republicans have long pandered to the religious right, but backed away after getting elected prior to Bush’s election. Even Ronald Reagan was a moderate compared to Bush if you look more at his record than his rhetoric.

Giuliani and Romney have adopted social conservative positions in contrast to their previously held positions knowing that it will be difficult to win without votes from the social conservatives. Rather than expressing their own views they present  views in the manner in which they believe will bring in the most votes.

In contrast, Huckabee is actually speaking about what he believes, and has thought out these views. He doesn’t feel a need to pander to the religious right. If after considering school prayer he sees no need for prayer in school, and perhaps even understands the other side of the issue, he has no qualms about expressing this.

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    Liberal Journal says:

    The Huckster said about the Clintons:

    “But they kept their marriage together. And a lot of the Republicans who have condemned them and talk about their platform of family values, interestingly, didn’t keep their own families together.”

    It almost sounds like–dare I say it–compassionate conservatism.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I hadn’t heard that one, but it is consistent with his style. I might not agree with his political views, but at least this is preferable to the usual conservative line of attacking Clinton and blaming him for everything. Actually I wasn’t much of a fan of the Clintons when he was in office, but the more they attacked over bogus issues, the better he looked compared to the Republicans.

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