The big national political news story of recent days has been the surge of Mike Huckabee to the top tier of Republican presidential candidates.
The former Arkansas governor – an ordained Baptist minister – has captured the fancy of religious conservatives not happy with any of the previously better known contenders. It’s primarily his cache’ with this group that has driven his rise, owing heavily to his unflinchingly anti-abortion and pro-traditional marriage positions.
But Huckabee’s sudden seriousness as a candidate has raised the eyebrows of economic conservatives in the party who believe he was soft on taxes in Arkansas and too populist for their tastes. From a single experience, I can second the notion that Huckabee is not exactly what you might expect in a Southern Republican governor.