Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Second Commandment Republican
Is Mike Huckabee trying to introduce a new type of "compassionate conservative" Republicanism into the 2008 presidential race?
Time columnist Joe Klein speculates.
Klein says unlike conservatives of the past, Huckabee and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas focus more on "good works than sin."
"Huckabee is a political inconvenience, a destroyer of stereotypes. He is probably best known as the fellow who lost 100 lbs. in a year, and made living well through exercise and good nutrition one of his signature issues as Governor. But the real significance of Huckabee--and, to a lesser extent, Brownback--is that he represents the introduction of a new constituency into the political process: "Second Commandment" Christians, those more interested in salvation than damnation."