I mean, just look at his agenda. Mr. Guitar-Rocker Folksy Nice Guy wants to: eliminate all contraception education in schools; use our tax dollars to fund ideological and ineffective abstinence education programs in those schools; and get rid of condom distribution in schools in favor of Bible distribution programs that have been overturned by the courts. He favors: a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. constitution; a human life amendment; the teaching of creationism to children; and the South Dakota law that banned all abortions and was so extreme the state’s own highly traditionalist voters overturned it in a referendum.
In short, Huckabee, the former Baptist minister and religious TV executive, is the candidate of exhausting and divisive social issues and the ongoing war by what Andrew Sullivan calls Christianists against the mainstream views of the majority of the American people. But, hey! As long as he can tell a good joke and strum a guitar, right?
If I had to lay money right now, I'd still be skeptical of a Huckabee win, but the primaries are still several months off, so we'll see. Does he really have less of a shot than Fred Thompson?
But if Huckabee does become the nominee, I suspect that he will galvinize the radical Christian right for all of the reasons that Garrance notes. He's like George W. Bush squared on the evangelicalism front. What that will require then will be a coherent response on the part of political and religious progressives as to why Huckabee, nice guy and Christian though he may be, is wrong, wrong, wrong for the United States.
More on that from me later.