The End of an Era?

Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist, big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor of Arkansas as a false conservative because he seemed an underfunded, unknown nuisance candidate. Now that he has pulled even with Mitt Romney for the Iowa caucuses with the possibility of more progress, the beleaguered Republican Party has a frightening problem on its hands.

Robert Novak takes off the gloves to pummel Candidate Huckabee today. Read the whole thing. Most interesting is how Novak describes the possible breakdown of the Reagan Republican coalition that has been so successful for the past thirty years. And how the Religious Right has always been the weakest link in that chain. Quite insightful.

Today I had lunch with a nice southern Lutheran lady who told me how surprised she is that so many Southern Christians she knows vote as their church leaders prescribe (not that it doesn't happen across the political spectrum).

Anyway, back to Huckabee. I know this sounds shallow, but I have trouble just getting past the name. And as a "pro-growth" Republican, I find all the mingling of religion and politics kind of off putting. So my hope is that this fellow will fade without doing too much damage to the leading candidates.