December 10, 2007
by: jovial_cynic

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.


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.


The Conservative Manifesto said:
Well put.
December 10, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
haha... thanks.

As a side note, my commentary is no endorsement. This was just a response to the Huckabee article linked from Drudge. I have no intention of voting for Romney.

Or at all, for that matter.

December 10, 2007

The Conservative Manifesto said:
"I have no intention of voting for Romney. Or at all, for that matter."

That's okay.

As a man who tilts left, I'm glad you're not voting. In fact, I wish more left-of-center folks would do the same.


December 10, 2007

Wonder said:
doesn't anybody else find the idea of mike huckabee playing "free bird" even remotely disturbing???

gimme back my eardrums.

December 11, 2007

luke said:
I like Hucky a lot. He is a great debater which means he's got tenacity, intelligence and his values are obvious. I'll vote
December 11, 2007

LovedbyGod8 said:
I don't find anything about Huckabee disingenuious. I feel that if your faith is really important to you, you don't compartmentalize it. *shrugs*

I don't find politicans like Clinton, etc cute at all because they claim faith but DO lock it in a little campaign box so they can excuse oral sex in the oval office, etc.

December 20, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
What I'm describing has little to do with comparmentalizing one's faith; I'm not suggesting that a president should not let his faith guide his actions. Everybody lives by their own ethics.

The fact that Huckabee is pushing his faith to the forefront of his campaign isn't a problem. I just think it's being done to gain leverage over Romney for the conservative vote. I doubt we'd see this strategy if a Mormon wasn't running.

December 21, 2007

Rebekah Curlee said:
I feel the same way. I actually wrote an article on a similar topic. "Is a Christian Really the Best Presidential Candidate?" Let me know what you think:

January 28, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Becky - I posted a comment on your site. Good stuff.
January 28, 2008

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