Is Huckabee A Real “Compassionate Conservative”?
Caught this story from Politico today, and it paints Huck’s appeal as being, well, that of a hyper-religious liberal.
GREENVILLE, S.C. â€” Rep. Bob Inglis is a staunch social conservative who opposes gay marriage and abortion and believes the concept of intelligent design should be taught in public schools along with evolution.
But thatâ€™s not whatâ€™s driving his support for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in South Carolinaâ€™s Jan. 19 primary â€” giving a glimpse into Huckabeeâ€™s unorthodox strategy for translating his Iowa momentum into success in Dixie.
Inglis, a South Carolina Republican, said that despite being wooed by all the leading GOP presidential candidates, he went with Huckabee because of his emphasis on more consumer-friendly issues like health care, federal arts funding, climate change and other topics that would appeal to broad group of voters, not just traditional social and Christian conservatives.
â€œItâ€™s probably not what people would have expected out of a Baptist preacher from Arkansas,” Inglis said in an interview. â€œHe’s a conservative whoâ€™s focused on the future, and rooted in principle and experience. Itâ€™s the reason people are taking a look.â€
Arts funding? Could Huckabee’s support signal a new way in the conservative Christian movement?