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From "Christophobia" to an Aversion to Cheese

Perry Bacon Jr. has a long piece looking into former governor Mike Huckabee's tenure as Arkansas governor, including his "stand against 'Christophobia.'" Bacon writes:

Huckabee's moral certainty revealed a public official quite different from the affable, folksy campaigner who describes himself as a conservative, but one who is "not angry about it." His decisions have opened him to criticism from the left and the right, as liberals and conservatives have complained that his religious devotion has clouded good judgment.

His detractors point to a governor who became indignant at criticism of his personal behavior, particularly after it was disclosed that he had accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from supporters. And they say his views resulted in petty conflicts over matters such as Christian Heritage Week or his refusal to sign a disaster relief bill until legislators removed the words "acts of God" to describe tornadoes because Huckabee argued that God was protecting people from tornadoes, not causing them.

To his admirers, both liberal and conservative, his religious views have been an asset. Supporters have seen Huckabee's strong opposition to abortion, his push to get health insurance for lower-income children and an unsuccessful initiative to allow the children of illegal immigrants to get college tuition breaks as expressions of the compassion he has drawn from his faith.

Eugene Robinson takes a look at the role of Bill Clinton in the Hillary Clinton campaign, and his tendency to wander off her script and into his own. His colleague E.J. Dionne looks at the fear of Huckabee among Republicans and how "The former Arkansas governor has exposed a fault line within the Republican coalition."

Joel Achenbach dips a toe in the Des Moines gossip circuit at Continental, where he hears tales of the weight-conscious Romney picking the cheese of his pizza. Sketch artist Dana Milbank, also in Iowa, watches Tom Tancredo exit the field and endorse Mitt Romney out of "blind rage against Huckabee," with whom Tancredo disagrees on illegal immigration.

And The Fix reminds readers that, however improbable it may seem, "Someone Has to Win the GOP Nomination."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 21, 2007; 11:04 AM ET
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