THE HUCKABEE STRATEGY
December 10, 2007
image: Gov. Huckabee playing Free Bird (cc) Joe Crimmings Photography
With Mitt Romney gaining support from evangelical christians on account of his being so conservative, it looks like Mike Huckabee is pushing Christianity to the forefront of his campaign in order to regain the conservative Christian base.
It's an interesting tactic. I don't imagine Huckabee would push his faith so aggressively if Romney wasn't running. I think it's an an effective strategy to gain votes, but it feels disingenuous. Huckabee may be presenting himself as a super Christian just to win votes, and leveraging the fact that many Christian conservative voters want to vote for a conservative, but are hesitant to vote for a Mormon.
It's sad more Christian leaders don't follow the example of their own leader -- Jesus didn't use a lot of clever strategy and marketing to make a change in the world. He served the poor, took care of people in need, and led people to worship God in all that they did. No politics. No game.
I don't subscribe to Mitt Romney's Mormon religion. I do, however, feel that his position on faith and politics is sound; our freedom to practice religion is hinged on the fact that our political leaders do not push religion. If Huckabee is strongly advocating the practice of Christianity through the political machine, I feel that he may do a disservice to both America and to Christianity.
Update:The Huckabee article at the start of this article was posted back in 1998; the article appears to have been edited at the bottom to add the date for clarification.
I suppose that changes things.