Mike Huckabee: The GOP’s Rebellious Love Child?

There are countless reasons why I wouldn’t vote for Mike Huckabee. At the same time, I find myself in the strange position to admire the fact that he, more than his manipulative Republican predecessors, is a candidate committed to his evangelical beliefs and the followers who share them. Let me be clear…my admiration is for the apparent sincerity of the individual; not for the beliefs he and his minions hold. Conversely, my disdain is for those who have created the very dynamic they suddenly fear.

In fact, an interesting thing is happening in the GOP. The powers that be…those crafty individuals (think Karl Rove) who long ago sought to recruit people of faith with a mix of pious pandering, phobic platitudes, and pyrrhic promises…now find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Suddenly, the beast of burden that carried them to their exalted victory in 2000 (their culminating moment of presumed political dominance) has become the dangerous dragon that establishment Republican elitists are rampantly racing to slay.

If one removes the veil of religious rhetoric under which the GOP elite has traveled to reach their pinnacle of power, one would actually find they worship little more than power and the profit it brings. Like panoply on a pig, they have willingly donned the dressings of dogma and whispered sweet nothings in the ears of those who honor the ultimate populist…Jesus Christ.

Time and again, these skillful strategists took umbrage at the slightest hint of secular and scientific sensibility in order to ingratiate themselves to the faithful. If it wasn’t prayer in school or religious symbols in public places or the war on Christmas or a science curriculum that includes intelligent design or research utilizing embryos already scheduled for destruction, it was penalizing a network for showing a split second of Janet Jackson’s breast at the Super Bowl or the need to deny the medical evidence in the Terri Schiavo case or promoting abstinence to combat AIDS and teen pregnancy or the ever popular railing against the militant homosexual agenda bent on destroying the family and the sanctity of marriage.

When George Bush sold compassionate conservatism and the restoration of “honor” to the White House as a moral imperative wrapped in religiosity, these elitist Republicans embraced the guise with the fervor of a freshman fraternity pledge. They did so because Bill Clinton provided the opportunity to adopt their “soul saving” straw man strategy and it served their purposes at that particular juncture.

Like most zealots, they rode their hallowed horse into the ground until it culminated in the wholesale rejection of their extremist ideology in 2006…and that now leads them to believe their sullied steed cannot cross the finish line first in 2008. In truth, they actually believe it must be prevented from running the race and they desperately want it quietly, quickly, and convincingly retired.

Unfortunately, the real believers…those individuals that have been so callously manipulated…now see a truly cathartic champion in Mike Huckabee and an opportunity to flesh out the disingenuous interlopers who simply sought to maintain their insular domain.

Like any charade, the hoodwinked eventually awaken to exact their revenge on the offending individual or entity. Like most charlatans, the offenders swiftly and summarily jump ship and expose their sinister and singular self-serving identities the moment their kingdom appears set to crumble. Unable to hold their avarice at bay, their true nature spills from their mouths like water from a Louisiana levee.

Truth be told, the Mike Huckabee phenomenon is the love child of an ill-conceived marriage…one that sought to attach the prurient pursuit of power and profit to puritanical piety. Mike Huckabee simply saw an opportunity and he took it…much to the chagrin of the establishment elites…and much to the delight of the unrequited.

It now appears that the obtuse overlords who have made a career of championing conventional marriage have two problems. One, their own marriage of convenience is about to disintegrate…and two, they were foolish enough to produce an offspring that is now older and wiser and fully capable of unrestrained rebellion.

Spiteful as it may be, I’m happy to state, “Let the nasty divorce begin”.

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

4 Responses to “Mike Huckabee: The GOP’s Rebellious Love Child?”

  1. Tom Harper Says:

    Very well put. I too am very happy with the Republicans’ self-created dilemma. It’s time for this wacky coalition to break up.

  2. Matthew O'Keefe Says:

    That was an amazing summation Daniel. Reap what you sow. Very well put…Wow!

  3. Jersey McJones Says:

    Very well said. Huckabee has exposed a tectonic rift in the GOP base - the evangelical base is finally waking up to the fact that they’ve ben hustled by faux-Christian Corporatists. When he says things like “People like me because I look more like the guy they work with as opposed to the guy that laid them off,” or “Club for greed,” or “people want practical answers, not ideology,” that makes the hairs on the necks of the neo-cons stand on end. It makes the evangelical base say “Finally!”

    And to hear and read some of the GOP establishment pundits bemused by Huckabee’s religiousity is just about the funniest, and sleaziest, thing you’ll ever read or hear!


  4. Liberal Jarhead Says:

    Yeah, he’s making a stronger showing all the time. Too bad that the sincerity that is drawing people is a sincere dedication to change us into the United Southern Baptist States of America, with a Mayberry Shariah legal system and a more regressive tax code that will put even more of the burden of paying for government on the backs of the poor and middle class and make things better for the rich.

    I hope Obama, who’s looking like the Dem frontrunner so far, can get enough votes to get too far ahead of Huckabee for them to steal another election with the usual dirty tricks.

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