Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"Huckenfreude" -- Republican Religious Pandering Comes Home to Roost

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

As former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee continues to rise to the top among Republican presidential candidates, the nation's pundits are working overtime to try to explain the phenomenon.

Arianna Huffington takes her shot at it on Huffington Post: With Mike Huckabee's continuing surge, the Republican Party now has an Iowa front-runner whose religious beliefs are virtually identical to those of George Bush. He's anti-choice, born-again, against gay-marriage, and gets political advice directly from God.

So why is the Republican establishment suddenly in a state of near-apoplexy about Mike Huckabee? Shouldn't they be happy? They've been cultivating evangelicals and fundamentalists for 30 years. Now they finally have a candidate who's truly part of the movement. So what's the problem?

Actually, that is the problem. The evangelical crowd was fine when it was just a resource to be cynically exploited every few years in demagogic anti-gay get-out-the-vote campaigns. But now the holy-rolling monster the GOP's Dr. Frankensteins have created has thrown off the shackles, fled the lab, and is currently leading in Iowa. And the party doesn't know what to do.

It's actually fun to watch the consternation. Ross Douthat has dubbed this feeling "Huckenfreude," which he defines as "pleasure derived from the outrage of prominent conservative pundits over the rising poll numbers of Mike Huckabee ..."

Read the rest at Huffingtonpost.com.

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