EFM reader Rusty writes, “I think Mike Gallagher hit on something key in his analysis of Mike Huckabee on Jay Leno.” I think Rusty’s right. Here’s Gallagher:
It’s hard to tell why so many Republican voices, outside of Iowa, seem to despise Mike Huckabee. Frankly, many of them sound positively afraid of him.
I can’t tell if it’s because they truly believe he’s a liberal, tax and spend Dem in a Republican’s clothing or there is something else going on here.
But watching him on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” the other night gave me some insight into what so many might be worried about.
Leno asked Gov. Huckabee about his past career as a Baptist minister and his transition to politics. Huckabee replied that he felt it was time to “get out of the stands” and go to work on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged.
So the ministry is a job “in the stands?” Preaching the gospel and saving souls is something one does from the sidelines? And to REALLY get in the game, one becomes a governmental public servant?
Perhaps the reason so many are worried about Mike Huckabee’s current popularity is because he’s actually a guy who believes that the solution to all of our woes is the government, not churches or charities. On Jay Leno’s show, he gave us a glimpse into who he truly is, a guy who leaves the ministry (“the stands”) and wants to be part of the government because he feels that government is the answer to everything.
That’s classic liberalism.
Time will tell whether Americans will figure that out or not.